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Analysis: Mountaineers top the Wildcats

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia ran over Kansas State 37-10 on Saturday. The Mountaineers showcased a complete game and reminded the Wildcats why they have the number one defense in the country.  

  1. Both sides of the ball showed up to play! – As a Mountaineer fan, it has always been the struggle of seeing only one side of the ball play well from week to week. A week ago, the offense dropped passes, fumbled the ball and kept our defense on the field for too long. It was all there against the Wildcats. Leddie Brown went for over 100 yards rushing again and Jarrett Doege passed for more than 300 yards, and the defense was there to back up their brothers on the other side of the ball. The defense only gave up a total of 225 yards, which is 30 yards below their average (255.7). For the fourth game this season they held the Wildcats to under 100 yards rushing.   
  •  Neal Brown’s offense was very effective – Brown’s offense moved the ball methodically throughout the game. When just a week ago it seemed like our receivers had stones for hands, they came away with 22 catches for 301 yards. Short passes turned into big gains and passing success allowed Leddie Brown to showcase his elite running game. Even though the offense was stalled a few times, they had a game plan that proved to be effective.  With a lack of “big play” ability, Brown gets the ball to his receivers quickly and lets them make plays, and he knows when to keep the defense honest on 3rd down runs.

“Without a doubt, that’s the most complete game we’ve played in our two years here.” 

  • Jarrett Doege still needs some work – Granted that Doege now has 27 straight games with a passing touchdown, which is the longest streak in the FBS. He is still having some timing issues with his receivers, which is why they lack that “big play” ability. A few long balls thrown by Doege were under thrown because he waited too long. He had multiple opportunities to hit an open receiver if he would’ve thrown it earlier and hit them in stride. This is a main reason we stuck with hitting short passes and letting the receivers make plays…which is what makes Neal Brown a good coach. Doege makes good decisions and is having a great season, but he would elevate to another level once mastering his timing with the receivers! 
  • The defense showed they are more than the Stills brothers – First, this isn’t a knock on the brothers! They’re the nation’s top defensive players so they get everything thrown at them each game and they still wreak havoc. But, this allows the rest of the defense to prove who they are. I think it’s important to point out that Darius and Dante combined for 4 tackles and a sack. Tony Fields II came away with a huge defensive performance having 15 total tackles. Our secondary was out to prove their worth. Alonzo Addae, Sean Mahone and Tykee Smith combined for 21 tackles, 2 TFL’s, 3 deflections and an interception. Led by Darius and Dante, but showing they are full of defensive talent! 
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