WVU bounces back after losing to Oklahoma State to crush Kansas 48 – 21.
As I have written before, WVU QB Skylar Howard is one tough hombre. His two big runs and his breath-taking flight through the air excited both players and fans. While he was the goat last week, he was definitely the hero this week.
Howard finished the game completing 59% of his passes for 264 yards. He had 11 rushes for 64 yards, had touch down runs of 23 & 33 yards, and finished the day with a 95 QBR.
WVU had 2 WRs and 2 RBs to go for over 100 yards: Daikiel Shorts caught 7 passes for 104 yards, Shelton Gibson had 4 catches for 102 yards; Justin Crawford had 13 carries for 129 yards and Kennedy McKoy 18 carries for 127 yards.
WVU’s offense was sluggish the first 3 series, while Kansas showed up ready to play. With a 31 – 0 lead at half, WVU’s defense took their foot off the gas and the Jayhawks scored 21 points in the 2nd half.
WVU DB Rasul Douglas had a big game with 2 interceptions. Douglas looked more like the receiver with his interception in the end zone.
WVU’s special teams had a good day, especially with kick returns as Shelton Gibson had 2 returns for 81 yards, and Billy Kinny had 3 punts for 128 yards. Kicker Mike Molina is still struggling with consistency making only 2 of 3 field-goal attempts and only getting the ball in the end zone twice on kick-offs.
Holgorsen tried once again to get the tight end passing game going, only to have a touchdown pass go through the hands of TE Trevon Wesco. Wesco has dropped all 3 passes thrown to him in the past 2 weeks. At this rate maybe Holgorsen needs to find a TE who can catch.
It was good to see WVU back-up QB Chris Chugunov finally get some quality playing time in the last 4 minutes of this game. Chugs completed 1 pass for 4-yards.
WVU is now 7 – 1 on the season and 4 – 1 in conference play. They take on Texas next week at noon in Austin. Texas is 5 -4 on the season and 3 – 3 in conference play. This will be a tough game with Texas upsetting ranked Baylor and blowing-out Texas Tech in back-to-back weeks. Stopping Texas RB D’Onta Foreman will be no easy task. WVU will have to come out and play all 4 quarters in this one.