This was the game West Virginia was capable of but could never out together. After a season full of coming up short and disappointment, the mountaineers finally pulled off a big win against a ranked opponent. A lot of the credit goes to the defense, but Jarret Doege also played a major role.
66% completiton percentage 234 yards and three touchdowns got it done for West Virginia. It also opened up the ground game where the Mountaineers are almost last in ever category.
Multiple Mountaineers had their best days as Leddie Brown and Kennedy McKoy both had strong days on the ground and combined for 103 yards on 25 atempts. George Campbell also had a career day hauling in 5 passes for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns. All of this was a direct result of the passing game being a legitimate threat.
The Jarret Doege Effect
Jarret Doege had limited playing time all season and very few chances to show he could command the offense. After the failed Austin Kendall experiment, Doege was able to show he is the man for the job.
It also came against a ranked opponent and away from home. This wasn’t an easy game for West Virginia and Jarret Doege. The defense and the running game also responded accordingly. With less loaded boxes, the rushing attack was able to pick their way through the defense. On the defensive side, they held Kansas State in check and forced Skylar Thompson into his worst game of the season.
The game started to have a feel of another blow out until West Virginia fought back. They turned the tide and instead of folding in, Jarret Doege and company found a way to win.
The team can now have an offense to believe in and it could result in West Virginia ending on a high note. As year one of the Neal Brown era draws to a close, you can see the direction is promising. Now with Doege in the mix, West Virginia should surprise and impress next season.
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