The WVU football team pulled it off again. Another win in somewhat weird fashion went the way of the Mountaineers.
The WVU football team raced to a 28-20 lead at halftime and held of for a 28-23 win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on Saturday. West Virginia trailed early, 6-0, but was able to get a touchdown in the first quarter to keep pace with the Wildcats.
West Virginia’s first two touchdowns came in dramatic fashion as Will Grier’s first scoring toss was a 75-yard bomb to Ka’Raun White. The second touchdown, early in the second quarter, was a 16-yard diving catch by David Sills. Sills caught a four-yard TD catch later in the second and to close out the first half, as time expired in the second quarter, White made another scoring catch. This time, from 30 yards out to give the WVU football team a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
The Mountaineers held strong in the second half when the offense couldn’t get going. The Mountaineers were moving the ball fairly well in the second half but couldn’t string together a successful drive. The only score of the second half was a 39-yard field goal by Matt McCrane. He missed an earlier attempt in the quarter, which helped the WVU football team maintain its momentum.
Despite not scoring in the second half, it was another successful day for Grier at quarterback. He finished with 372 passing yards on 27 completions. He finished with four touchdown passes but did have two interceptions. The top two receivers, White and Sills, finished with 168 and 63 yards, respectively. Gary Jennings found himself in the middle with 13 receptions for 115 yards despite not finding the end zone.
Justin Crawford had another strong game after being a bit banged up in the middle part of the season. He had 113 yards and averaged a nice 6.6 yards per carry. On defense, David Long led with 11 tackles, Kyzir White had eight and Al-Rasheed Benton added seven stops.
The Mountaineers now have a two-game winning streak with two games left to play. The home finale is next weekend when the WVU football team welcomes Texas to Morgantown.