Neal Brown and the West Virginia Mountaineers kick off their season in the Big 12 against the Kansas Jayhawks today at 4:30 p.m. ET. While the game is streaming live on Big 12 Now and ESPN+, we will be providing live updates right here on our live blog, as well as on our social media pages (@WVIllustrated).
FINAL — WVU 29, KU 24: After a failed hook-and-ladder from the Jayhawks, West Virginia pulls off the win.
0:32: The Mountaineers are forced to punt, giving the Jayhawks a last-ditch drive to win it from their 20.
TOUCHDOWN — KANSAS (29-24, 2:10): Kansas responds in just over 2 minutes, with Parchment scoring his second touchdown of the game. That’s the finish to a 70-yard drive, but the Mountaineers still hold the lead.
TOUCHDOWN — WEST VIRGINIA (29-17, 5:03): Pettaway gets his second touchdown of the game with a tough 7-yard run. WVU tries a trick play on the 2-point conversion, but the play breaks down.
10:40: PICKED OFF! Keith Washington gets UP to make an interception and give the Mountaineers the ball near midfield.
FIELD GOAL — WEST VIRGINIA (23-17, 12:35): WVU has to settle for a field goal from the KU 5-yard line.
14:11: West Virginia goes deep on 4th and 1, but the ball falls incomplete. WVU gets the first down on a pass interference penalty, which sets the Mountaineers up at the 9.
END 3Q: West Virginia drives down the field and gets deep into Kansas territory.
TOUCHDOWN — KANSAS (20-17, 4:08): Kansas answers fast — on the first play, Stanley drops back and fires a shot to Andrew Parchment, who takes it 75 yards to the end zone. Kansas isn’t done yet.
FIELD GOAL — WEST VIRGINIA (20-10, 4:20): West Virginia can’t capitalize on the penalty and goes three and out. They still walk away with points, though, as Evan Staley makes from 44 yards.
6:05: Kansas attempts an onside kick, and it is actually recovered by the Jayhawks — but a kick catching interference gives the ball back to West Virginia on the Kansas 31.
FIELD GOAL — KANSAS (17-10, 6:06): Stanley uses his feet to move down the field, but the Jayhawks are unable to get past the Mountaineers at the goal line. Liam Jones makes the chip shot.
TOUCHDOWN — WEST VIRGINIA (17-7, 10:31): Martell Pettaway breaks a couple tackles in his first rush of the game and finds paydirt from 28 yards. That caps off a 10-play, 70-yard drive drive from the Mountaineers.
15:00: As KU started the game with the ball, WVU will get it to start the 3rd.
Some key stats from the first half:
|Austin Kendall: 16-of-25, 122 yds||Carter Stanley: 9-of-11, 81 yds, TD|
|Leddie Brown: 7 rush, 60 yds||Pooka Williams: 6 rush, 20 yds|
|Kennedy McKoy: 10 rush, 31 yds, TD; 3 rec, 32 yds||Kwame Lassiter: 2 rec, 36 yd, TD|
|Sam James: 5 rec, 30 yds||Stephon Robinson: 3 rec, 28 yds|
FIELD GOAL — WEST VIRGINIA (10-7, 0:00): West Virginia’s offense moves swiftly into field goal position, and sets up a buzzer beater from Evan Staley.
0:38: Kansas takes a 30-second timeout. West Virginia has gotten the ball moving to close the quarter, moving 19 yards in two plays. Coming out of the timeout, the Mountaineers are 1st and 10 from their own 48.
0:49: Alec Sinkfield gets a decent return on the Jayhawks’ punt to set West Virginia up on their own 29.
2:07: The Mountaineer offense stalls again and is forced to punt in three plays. KU takes over on their own 44.
3:42: Kansas again goes three-and-out, punting to flip the field to the 28, and a holding penalty on West Virginia pushes them back to the 18.
5:34: Evan Staley gets his first field goal try from 42 yards, but it is missed. Kansas takes over on their own 25.
7:27: TURNOVER!! Stanley is sacked by Dante Stills and fumbles the ball, and it’s recovered by Josh Chandler. West Virginia ball on the KU 45.
7:55: West Virginia puts together a long possession, but has to turn it over on downs in Kansas’s territory.
TOUCHDOWN — KANSAS (7-7, 12:06): Carter Stanley completes a 28-yard pass to Kwamie Lassiter for a touchdown, finishing off a 7-play, 75-yard drive.
END 1Q: Despite an offsides penatly from Kansas, WVU is unable to get the 5 yards for a first down. Najee Stevens-McKenzie and Darrius Moragne team up on third down to get the Jayhawks their first sack of the game. WVU will punt to start the 2nd quarter.
1:11: The Mountaineers again force a KU three-and-out, and after a sloppy punt from Kyle Thompson, they will start from their 43-yard line.
3:13: In the middle of a 5-play drive, Kendall throws an interception — but it’s reviewed and overturned. WVU is still held to a punt in their own territory, with Josh Growden flipping the field to the KU 10-yard line.
5:10: After allowing a first down on the first play of the series, West Virginia stops the Jayhawks from getting another. Hakeem Bailey is stepping up big, nabbing two tackles this series. (Timeout WVU)
TOUCHDOWN — WEST VIRGINIA (7-0, 7:37): Kennedy McKoy caps off his monster opening drive with a 3-yard rush for a touchdown. The Mountaineers moved 71 yards in 13 plays, and chewed 5:59 off the clock.
10:00: It is 1st and 10 for West Virginia on the Kansas 33. The Mountaineers are getting the ball moving little by little, mixing the pass and run relatively evenly. So far, they’ve gotten 3 first downs.
13:36: West Virginia forces an opening drive three-and-out, and the punt will put them at the 29 yard line.
15:00: Kansas will start with the ball. We are underway.