With the season getting away from WVU, a change was required, so WVU HC Neal Brown swapped quarterbacks; out goes QB Austin Kendall and incomes Jarrett Doege. Doege threw 2 TD passes to WR George Campbell and 1 to WR Bryce Wheaton to lead WVU to a 24 -20 win over K-State. WVU finished the day with no turnovers, but did intercept K-State QB Skylar Thompson twice. Adding to WVU’s win was WVU Kicker Casey Legg with a 51-yard FG.
Other than penalties, WVU played a mistake free game. This was unlike more recent games where interceptions and fumbles hurt them. With the game clock ticking down late in the 3rd & 4th quarters, WVU’s offensive line kept jumping off-side, so instead of WVU offensive moving forward they were moving backward. This has become an issue the past few weeks with the OL.
WVU’s defense redeemed themselves from last weeks mess. As usual I was impressed with the play of the home-growns, but many others chipped in: Jeffrey Pooler has played well all season. With Poller being from the Dayton, OH area, and I living in the area, it is always good to see Dayton kid doing well. I was impressed with all the defensive players today. To not mention the play of Hakeen Bailey, Josh Norwood, Keith Washington, would be a-miss. Bailey and Norwood had the interceptions, and Washington knocked several passes down, but it was Norwoods int late in the 4th that sealed the win for WVU.
Like many fans, I enjoyed watching QB Doege! Doege put on a show, with his accuracy, his ability to extend plays, no interceptions, no fumbles, and willingness to hang in the pocket and take a hit. No, not every pass was perfect, but he didn’t make costly mistakes that hurt the team. I’m sure Doege will finish the season as WVU’s starting QB. Doege was accurate passing even when moving with the ball, for he knew when to pull up and release it. WVU receivers still need to work on catching passes.
Over-all I was very happy with what I saw from this team. The Stills brothers, Donahue, Tonkery, Pooler were all getting media attention. McKivits and other O-Linemen were also getting recognition for downhill blocking for the run game. Now WVU’s run game wasn’t great, but improved blocking made it look much better than last week.
What WVU fans saw today was a team in the works. We fans, today, saw young players growing and maturing into their roles on the field. WVU has lots of talent and while we will get upset, and scream and yell at players and coaches, we have to realize these young men have growing pains, and the coaches are frustrated because the improvements aren’t happening as quick as what they want. Thus, we are all frustrated over the same. Even the players are upset with themselves.
I hope WVU wins out and gets a Bowl bid. Then we get the frustration of waiting until next season.
Thanks to the coaches, players and fans!!! It is Always a Great Day to be a Mountaineer!!!