As sports activities followers, many people fall into the entice of placing far an excessive amount of emphasis on the latest sport performed by our favourite group. When an end result is adverse, we frequently view future prospects via a darkish, cloudy prism.
So after the dropping efficiency at Texas Tech a few weeks in the past there was a scramble to exit the bandwagon. That included your Monday Morning Quarterback. Now only a week later, now we have egg on our face. To keep away from accountability I thought-about claiming somebody hacked my Twitter account. Besides I don’t have a Twitter account.
The primary quarter Saturday was an extension of the offensive struggles of the Mountaineers in earlier outings. West Virginia couldn’t reap the benefits of two interceptions, and concluded a 16 play drive by operating six performs contained in the Kansas State 7 yard line with out denting the top zone.
However as soon as the second quarter started, lightning struck. The WVU offense scored touchdowns on three consecutive possessions on drives of 66, 51 and 69 yards. All of the sudden all the pieces was clicking. Within the second stanza alone, the Mountaineers amassed 217 complete yards.
After Kansas State scored earlier than the half to shut to inside 24-10, followers knew the result was removed from determined, because the Wildcats had confirmed their mettle in a 21-point second-half comeback earlier within the season at Oklahoma. However West Virginia started the third quarter with a six-minute, 14-play drive leading to a area aim, and after an 18-yard interception return for a landing by Dylan Tonkery the sport was effectively in hand.
Just about all the failures that resulted in two earlier losses have been reversed. The Mountaineers have been profitable in operating the soccer, gaining 184 yards whereas utterly shutting down the Kansas State speeding assault, restricted them to a paltry 41 yards on 23 carries. Receivers didn’t drop any passes. WVU dedicated solely 5 penalties. On third down conversions, West Virginia was a stable 9-18, and plus two in turnovers.
The protection continued to play effectively, holding Kansas State to simply 225 yards. The particular groups have been additionally stable. Placekicker Evan Stealey was injured trying to make a deal with on a kickoff return, however backup Casey Legg stepped in and was profitable on each of his area aim makes an attempt.
General it was one of the best efficiency by the Mountaineers within the tenure of head coach Neal Brown. It additionally was the fifth consecutive win over Kansas State.
THIS SATURDAY: West Virginia has received on the highway at Texas three out of 4 journeys since becoming a member of the Huge 12. The Longhorns have had a curler coaster to date in 2020, taking part in three time beyond regulation video games and one other determined by two factors, however will likely be using excessive after Oklahoma State gave a sport away Saturday permitting Texas an upset win. Though the Longhorns protection has been suspect, their offense is led by four-year starter at quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who repeatedly makes performs when a sport is on the road. The Mountaineers appear to do their greatest once I choose them to lose, so let’s attempt it once more. TEXAS 31, WEST VIRGINIA 24.
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