With #3 Alabama losing to #11 Ole Miss 23 – 17, #4 Oklahoma losing to #25 TCU 37 – 33, and #20 Ohio State’s win over Maryland 52 – 24. WVU needed an impressive win over Kansas to move up in the polls, but it did not happen.
WVU was leading 26 – 0 at half time, but could only score 7 points in the 2nd half. That was only from Mario Alfords 94-yard kick return in the 3rd quarter.
WVU had 3 turnovers: 2 fumbles and an interception. Kansas had no turnovers.
WVU had its best day rushing this season with 42 attempts for 255 yards which averages out to 6.1 yards a carry. Rushel Shell carried 21 times for 113 yards and 1 touchdown.
This is the first time this season that a WVU running back rushed for 100 yards or more in a game.
Dustin Garrison had a long run that could have resulted in a score but was stripped of the ball.
Kansas rushed 34 times for 65 yards which averages out to 1.9 yards a carry.
WVU quarterback Clint Trickett completed 20 of 35 passes for 302 yards, with one TD and an interception. With just over 4 minutes to go in the 4th quarter, Skyler Howard came in to relieve Trickett after he took a big hit and misfired on two straight passes.
WVU WR Kevin White caught 6 passes for 132 yards and scored 1 touchdown.
WVU had 2 touchdowns in the first half and Kicker Josh Lambert connected on field goals of 42, 25, 43, and 53 yards.
This season WVU is scoring most of its points in the 1st half, then struggling to score in the 2nd. Teams with a substantial lead usually increase it in the second half, but for WVU it is when their lead begins to diminish.
Josh Lambert out scored the rest of the WVU offense with 4 field goals and 2 extra points. He also added an extra-point in the 2nd half making his total scoring of the day 15 points.
Punt Returner Jordan Thompson muffed a punt which put Kansas in position to score their 1st touchdown. The 2nd Kansas score was the result of a 76 yard punt return.
While I saw an improved defense, it was offense and special teams mistakes that hurt them. Turnovers is something WVU has to work on, for they are losing the turnover battle.
One issue on offense was receivers not running the correct route. A close-up of the sideline showed Mario Alford getting an ear-full by Coach Holgorsen.
WVU’s defense did a much better job at QB containment than they have in the 1st 4 games. Overall, the defense played its best game of the season.
If you are a WVU fan, you have to be happy with the win, but you can’t be pleased with the teams’ overall performance, and you have to be concerned going forward. They will have to play much better than this to beat Texas Tech next week.