A tale of two halves: Rutgers

So, WVU marched into very cold and very snowy Piscataway, NJ to take on Rutgers on what is now known as the “Farewell, Big Least” tour.

First half was bloody atrocious. Questionable play calling (though I figure this was Coach Dana Holgorsen’s first snow rodeo) and a defense made of swiss cheese had WVU down 31-21 at halftime, and many WVU fans scratching their heads and shaking their heads in disgust. However, at the near-end of the first half, the refs obviously didn’t spot the ball when it was brutally obvious that WVU was in a “hurry-up” situation.

Second half, as has been the storyline most of the season, WVU emerged from the depths of a scoreboard deficit and went on to shutout Slutgers in the 2nd half, winning 41-31.

1 2 3 4 T
#25 WVU 14 7 7 13 41
RUTG 17 14 0 0 31

After the jump are the stats, and my hand-picked game MVP’s.


1st Downs            17                                         22
Total Yards           428                                      386
Passing                 218                                      235
Rushing                210                                     151
Turnovers               1                                         4

Smith 21/31  218yds 2 TD

Alston 14 Carries 110yds 2TD
Austin 2 Carries 96yds 2TD

Bailey 2 Catches  51yds 1TD
Austin 8 Catches  67yds 1TD

Jenkins 2 INTs

Molinari avg. punt 38.3yds

**Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu was held to 5 catches for 48yds and 1 TD. He was coming off back to back 100yd receiving performances vs Navy, and UofL.

MVPs: Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Darwin Cook (stopped the fake FG Slutgers attempted late in the game), & Broderick Jenkins.
Next game: Saturday, 5 November, Noon vs. Louisville.

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