The West Virginia Mountaineers are in the Little Apple of Manhattan, Kansas, all geared up to face the Kansas State Wildcats. First-year coaches will collide when WVU’s Neal Brown and KSU’s Chris Klieman face each other for the first time.
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FINAL: WVU gets the road win to snap their skid, 24-20 at Kansas State.
0:28: INTERCEPTED! Hakeem Bailey sniffs out the route and high-points it for the pick. West Virginia gets the ball on their own 3, and KSU has just one timeout.
2:53: After WVU punts, KSU has the ball and need to go 92 yards to the end zone. Time is running out for the Wildcats, and the Mountainers need to hang on.
5:35: Jeff Pooler Jr. makes a big-time sack to bump the Wildcats back 13 yards. They go three-and-out, and a short punt sets WVU up on their 43.
7:38: West Virginia goes three and out.
8:39: K-State can’t get much out of this drive, and turn the ball over on downs after 7 plays. Keith Washington makes the pass breakup, a play that the KSU faithful don’t much like. WVU gets it on their own 36.
TOUCHDOWN WVU (24-20, 11:27): A pass interference call sets up an eventual 50-yard touchdown from Jarret Doege to Bryce Wheaton, who was absolutely wide open, waiting behind the defense.
FIELD GOAL WVU (17-20, 14:07): The Mountaineers sneak back into field goal position and Casey Legg nails a 51-yarder, his career longest in just his fourth attempt.
END 3Q: WVU gets into the red zone, but a holding penalty from Chase Behrndt bumps them back. They’ll have the ball on the KSU 28 to start the 4th quarter.
4:05: The Mountaineers take over on their own 37 after they force Kansas State to punt.
6:32: West Virginia gets close to the sticks, but go three-and-out in their first second half drive.
TOUCHDOWN KANSAS STATE (20-14, 7:56): Kansas State comes out firing, putting together an orderly 14-play drive for a touchdown. It was pretty much all Skyler Thompson, who completes all 7 of his passes and adds some yards on the ground as well. It would ultimately be Phillip Brooks who takes it in for 6 yards.
Kansas State starts with possession in the second half.
HALFTIME: Although the Wildcats hold the edge in total offense, the game is fairly even statistically. Jarret Doege has 120 yards and 2 touchdowns so far in his first start, and both of those scores went to George Campbell.
HALF: WVU drives down the field to get Casey Legg a 37-yard attempt, but he pulls it left and the Mountaineers leave empty-handed. West Virginia takes the 14-13 lead into the locker room.
FIELD GOAL KSU (14-13, 0:41): The Wildcats possess the ball for a long nearly-five minutes, but the Mountaineer defense holds on to keep KSU at a field goal. WVU is still in the lead with some time to maybe put some points on the board before halftime.
5:23: WVU goes three-and-out, leading to Josh Growden’s third punt of the game. Wildcats will start on their own 31.
6:33: K-State runs 8 plays, but their offense doesn’t really get going. It also doesn’t help that they were pushed back by a pair of false start penalties. The Mountaineers get the ball back after KSU’s punt sneaks into the end zone for a touchback.
11:43: An unsportsmanlike penalty on Sam James pushes the Mountaineers back, and they punt. Wildcats start at their own 21.
14:05: Josh Norwood gets his first interception of the year on 3rd down after hawking for the ball, setting the Mountaineers up on their own 45.
TOUCHDOWN WVU (14-10, END 1Q): Doege again leads the Mountaineers on a long drive, this time going for 12 plays. They get a gift at the end, though, when Casey Legg’s missed field goal is negated by a personal foul call on the Wildcats. On 3rd and long, Doege finds Campbell again, who pushes in for the touchdown.
FIELD GOAL KSU (10-7, 4:43): The Wildcats move down the field using their run game and get the ball into the red zone, but are held to a field goal by the Mountaineers. The Wildcats do toss the ball a couple of times, but the majority of the drive is done on the legs of Thompson, Jordon Brown and James Gilbert. Blake Lynch makes from 22 yards.
TOUCHDOWN WVU (7-7, 11:05): Doege leads the Mountaineer offense on a quick answering drive in 6 plays and 75 yards, capped off by a 19-yard touchdown pass on a wheel route to George Campbell. That’s Doege’s second of the year, and Campbell’s fifth.
TOUCHDOWN KSU (7-0, 13:37): Skylar Thompson drops back on first down and bombs a 58-yard touchdown to Dalton Schoen.
13:47: Kansas State brings the pressure to West Virginia, stopping the run on first down and getting a hit on Jarret Doege. WVU punts and KSU will start at their own 32.
West Virginia receives to kick the game off. Jarret Doege will start for the Mountaineers.