WVU wins over Delaware State by a score of 59 – 16.
I like what Head Coach Dana Holgorsen has done the past 2-weeks. He has used the East Carolina and Delaware State games to develop depth. I look for Holgorsen to do the same against Kansas, and to use the bye-week to continue to hone the skills of back-ups.
WVU got off on a slow start against ECU, but against DSU it was sloppy. QB Will Grier had 2 fumbles, WR Gary Jennings and RB Tevin Bush had 1 fumble each. Fortunately, WVU recovered both Grier Fumbles, and Grier thew his 2nd interception of the season. Dropped passes hurt WVU in the 1st quarter. The score at the end of the 1st was WVU 24 – DSU 10. DSU didn’t get on scoreboard again until late in the 4th quarter.
After WVU’s 1st series in the 3rd, QB Will Grier was replaced by his back-up Chris Chugunov who finished the game. This mirrored what took place lack week against ECU. The difference being Chugunov got his first college touchdown with a pass to WR Reggie Roberson. Last week Chugs had a TD pass dropped in the end-zone.
All in all, both Grier and Chugs completed 70% of their passes. Grier finished the game with a 90.1 QBR and Chugs finished with a QBR of 52.6.
WVU has 2 very accurate QBs who can throw the deep ball. Chugs will hopefully finish the game again next week against Kansas. He does not run the offense with the efficiency of Will Grier yet, but he was 5 of 7 passing including a TD. Another 55 yd pass for a likely score was dropped by Druw Bowen
Chugs threw a pass to his former high school team-mate, college room-mate and brother, Mitch Chugunov, a pass that went for 7 yards. These 2 hooked up often in high school. I doubt you’ll see timing issues between these two. This was Mitch’s first catch in a college game.
We keep hearing Reggie Robinson is a speedster. I’d love to see someone connect with him on a deep route just to see how fast he really is.
By missing the DSU game due to a one game suspension for violating team rules, RB Kennedy McKoy opened the door for Tevin Bush to vie for playing time with 9 carries for 41 yds and no scores with the fumble. Instead, Martell Pettaway asserted his position in the rotation by averaging 6.5 YPC and scoring a TD. Bush shows promise, but is not ready for prime time.
I don’t think anyone really knows yet what kind of team WVU is this year, as Holgorsen has finally started using the cupcake games to develop backup players. His current coordinators may have influenced that decision and it may pay dividends later in the season.
On a more positive note, WVU’s kicking game looked somewhat improved against DSU. Evan Staley didn’t do one kick-off out-of-bounds, and put a couple in the end-zone. too many still fell short at about the 10 yd line allowing for a couple of substantial returns. Billy Kinney had a good night punting the ball.
WVU should improve even more the next 2-weeks as they develop depth, and they will need to. After Kansas next weekend, they have a bye-week before going to Texas to play 3-0 TCU.
Is Texas on the way back after all? In their double overtime loss to #4 USC, They actually had the Trojans beat before letting it slip away.
The Mountaineers will likely re-enter the top 25 polls today.