Morgantown, W. VA. – West Virginia football’s head coach Neal Brown met with the West Virginia media via Zoom after the Thanksgiving weekend. Brown and company had a second week off due to Oklahoma’s COVID-19 issues and have not played a snap of live football since November 14 at home versus TCU.
Brown pointed out how the holiday week took an unexpected turn for his team, “Crazy last week or so . . . guys away from home for Thanksgiving and then not even having a game to look forward to . . .” The Mountaineers have essentially been away from their families since June and the rescheduled Oklahoma game on December 12 adds more difficulties and complications for the team in terms of when they will be able to safely see family.
Brown and the Mountaineers are back in action this week, traveling to Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones (I’m still getting 2018 flashbacks) with the hopes of revenge from that darned 2018 game. The Mountaineers are still looking for their first road victory of the 2020 season, and have arguably saved the hardest for last.
Brown’s squad should be ready to go, well-rested and healthy for the road game stating; “We are gonna be fresh. That’s the positive. I hope our timing and everything can stay sharp.”
On Iowa State, Brown knows the Cyclones are a program at playing at the top of their game. The head coach gave one word he thinks of when thinking of the Cyclones; Consistency, and expects to see their consistency on the field Saturday afternoon. The Cyclones starting quarterback Brock Purdy will be a force to reckon with for the Mountaineers defense, as the quarterback has played top-tier football all season.
“There are some guys in our league that year after year they have proven to be winners,” Brown said on Purdy. “He is one of them . . . he’s doing things that haven’t been done at Iowa State.”
The Mountaineers take on the Cyclones Saturday at 3:30 ET from Ames, Iowa.