Morgantown, W. Va. – On the heels of the loss to the Texas Longhorns, Coach Neal Brown addressed the media Tuesday afternoon with a readiness for his team to bounce back from Saturday’s loss. The Mountaineers played better than so many had expected in last Saturday’s home loss and now the head coach is ready for his team to bounce back and tick off win number four for the year.
Brown opened the conference briefly looking back to the home loss, highlighting just how proud he was of the way his team played and how the crowd played in their part of the game.
“It’s the largest home crowd we’ve had here since 2003, a ton of positive feedback from our recruits . . . I salute our fans and say thank you,” Brown said. “Tough loss to a very good Texas team.”
Brown went on to give several roster updates for the team; highlighting that JoVanni Stewart is no longer with the Mountaineers football program. Stewart sat out Saturday’s loss for personal reasons and has mad the decision to no longer be with the team. Brown also went on to announce that wide receiver Sean Ryan had surgery after the Texas game. Ryan is hopeful to return to the field later in the season. Finally, Brown hinted at the status of wide receiver Sam James; pointing out that his status is questionable for Saturday’s home matchup against Iowa State.
Brown moved the conversation on to this week’s opponents, the Iowa State Cyclones. The Cyclones are also 3-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play, coming to Morgantown after handling the Mountaineers their first loss of the season last year.
“This is a big game for us. This game is every big as important, maybe even more so (than last week),” Brown pointed out. “We need everyone that can possibly get here to get here. We need our fans. They were huge last week and will be this week.”
While both teams have the same record, Brown feels the Cyclones are better than their record stating, “How in the hell does this team have two losses?”
Brown went on to say he feels that Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy could be the best quarterback the Mountaineers will have faced, highlighting that the quarterback won’t stay under the radar for too much longer. “I think he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the country. He’s playing at a high level.”
The head coach is impressed with Iowa State on the whole; from players, coaches, recruiting, highlighting how consistent the Cyclones are all around.
“The haven’t lost a game in October since 2017,” Brown stated. “Going back to October 2017, they’ve won eight games. I think that’s a sign of a team that’s well coached, and they get better as they go.”
Brown went on to point out that the Cyclones have yet to give up a touchdown in the first quarter all season; a stat that is likely being reiterated to the offense throughout the week. The head coach also pointed out that the Cyclones are one of the top offenses in the country, with only two three-and-outs this season.
Brown wants it to be known that the Iowa State game is “every bit just as important, maybe more so” and wants to have as many fans in the stadium this week as possible. The Mountaineers and their coach are excited to play another Saturday in Morgantown, hoping to win their last home game for the month of October.
The Mountaineers play host to the Iowa State Cyclones Saturday afternoon with a 4:00 kickoff.