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Aggies Defeat Mountaineers 45-37

It was a nice crowd at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium when West Virginia and Texas A&M met this afternoon for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, and they watched a good one. In a game you could call chippy and at times ugly, the Aggies made the right adjustments in the second half pulling away to a 45-37 win.

The game was filled with numerous A&M personal fouls, and saw one Aggies coach removed from the game for the second half for punching Andrew Buie on the sidelines.

Coach Sumlin saw the film and removed the coach from the area.

Sklyer Howard had a rough day often missing open receivers. He would finish the day 20 of 45 for 346 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Kyle Allen had a solid day for the Aggies going 22 of 35 for 294 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Both teams would punt on their first possession of the game.

On the Aggies second possession of the game, Kyle Allen would find Josh Reynolds for the 44-yard touchdown catch.

Texas A&M leads 7-0.

West Virginia would respond when Josh Lambert would connect from 32-yards out.

Aggies lead 7-3.

WVU would score on their next possession when Skyler Howard found Mario Alford on the 45-yard touchdown pass.

Mountaineers lead 10-7.

On the next A&M play, K.J Dillon would intercept Kyle Allen and return it for the 35-yard return for a WVU touchdown.

17-7 West Virginia late in the first quarter.

A&M would bounce back when Allen connected with Trey Williams out of the backfield for the 40-yard catch and score making it 17-14 with 1:28 left in the first quarter.

The first quarter would finally end when Josh Lambert connected from 40-yards out.

20-14 West Virginia.

Texas A&M would find offensive balance at the start of the second quarter. Kyle Allen moved the Aggies down the field and hooked up with Malcome Kennedy for the 11-yard touchdown pass.

21-20 Texas A&M.

West Virginia would answer back when Skyler Howard went deep to Kevin White for the 50-yard touchdown catch putting the Mountaineers back on top, 27-21.

The game would become chippy with personal foul calls on A&M, but towards the end of the half, Kyle Allen would score from 11-yards out, giving the Aggies a 28-27 lead.

First half stats:



1st Downs 14 12
3rd down efficiency
2-7 3-9
4th down efficiency
1-1 0-0
Total Yards 296 236
Passing 195 195
13-21 11-19
Yards per pass
9.3 10.3
Rushing 101 41
Rushing Attempts
20 19
Yards per rush
5.1 2.2
Penalties 6-82 6-40
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles lost
0 0
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Possession 15:02 14:58


West Virginia started on offense to start the second half, but would go 3-and-out.

Texas A&M would drive the field, but the Mountaineer defense would hold on 3rd and 3, resulting in a Josh Lambo 26-yard field goal.

31-27 Aggies.

After another West Virginia 3-and-out, the Aggies would add another when Trey Williams scored from 18-yards out.

38-27 Texas A&M.

WVU would finally get something going, but the end result would be another Josh Lambert 31-yard field goal cutting the lead to 38-30 A&M.

The Texas A&M offense would continue to roll with another long drive. A mix of run and pass kept the Mountaineer defense off balance, and the end result was a Allen to Kennedy 9-yard touchdown pass. A&M leads 45-30 with :22 seconds left in the third quarter.

West Virginia would finally get something going early in the 4th quarter, but A&M would strip Kevin White and recover the fumble with 13:06 left in the contest.

The Mountaineers would mount a late drive capped off when Howard hit Elijah Wellman for the 4-yard touchdown pass cutting the A&M lead to 45-37 with 2:32 left.

When the gun sounded, Texas A&M defeated the Mountaineers 45-37.

WVU finished the season 7-6, a huge improvement from a year ago where the team went 4-8.

The Mountaineers will now focus on the recruiting trail and locking down key assistant coaches.

Final game stats:



1st Downs 28 21
3rd down efficiency
6-16 5-19
4th down efficiency
1-1 1-2
Total Yards 551 472
Passing 294 346
22-35 20-45
Yards per pass
8.4 7.7
Rushing 257 126
Rushing Attempts
47 32
Yards per rush
5.5 3.9
Penalties 8-102 7-45
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles lost
0 1
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Possession 33:35 26:22

















jerry McGhee
Lead recruiting analyst covering the West Virginia Mountaineers for
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