Man, what a game! There is no quit in this team and we’ve seen that the past two weeks.
Every year we hear Coach Holgorsen say, “We need to finish.” Well Coach, the past two weeks have proven these guys finish.
We could call this group of players ‘The cardiac kids,’ ‘The Never Quit Mountaineers,’ etc, but one thing for sure they bring Yogi Bear’s statement, “It ain’t over, ’til its over” to life.
I have to say I was impressed with the play of WVU QB Skyler Howard. He is connecting with receivers while running left and right. Howard was 24 of 41 (58.5%) passes for 298 yards. His only interception was a pass to Ka’Raun White that White couldn’t hold on to when he was hit.
WVU played well on all 3 sides of the ball at times, and although they won WVU lacked consistency on all 3 sides (offense, defense, & special teams). Kicker Josh Lambert looked like he didn’t belong on the field. WVU had a hard time forcing K-State to 3 and outs.
The good news is we saw flashes of the play makers: WR KaRaun White, S Kazir White, LB David Long, LB Justin Arndt, RB Rushel Shell III, RB Justin Crawford, CB Rasul Douglas, CB Nana Kyeremeh, WR Jovon Durante, WR Daikiel Shorts Jr., K Mike Molina, QB Skyler Howard, and I’m sure I missed someone.
WVU lost the turnover battle for WVU’s Shell fumbled once and Ka’Raun White took a huge hit that caused him to lose the ball in the air. CB Rasul Douglas got a nice interception to get the ball back for WVU. The issue with Shell’s fumble was that it happened near the goal line when WVU was trying to go in for a score.
I felt the WVU linebackers and D-Line while they played hard, appeared to be out of place. The O-line struggled keeping K-State’s defense out the backfield. QB Howard was under much more pressure this game that in previous games. He was sacked a few times and was under constant pressure. WVU’s defense did gets lot of good pressure on K-State’s QB, but they had trouble stopping the run and the short passes.
No matter which group you look at for WVU, none was dominant, but this week as last week they each stepped up when they needed to. I like this ‘no quit’ attitude. This could help WVU win more games this season.
With this win WVU now has this monkey off their back for this was the first time they had beaten K-State since entering the Big 12. In the past it was mistakes by WVU that cost them a win over K-State, this year it was mistakes by K-State that cost them a win.
If WVU keeps playing like they have the past two weeks keep your nitroglycerin handy, especially if you have heart issues.