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Coach Brown’s Corner: Final Home Game Full of Hope

Morgantown, W.Va. – Head coach Neal Brown and the Mountaineers finally brought home a win this past Saturday in a 24-20 upset over the Kansas State Wildcats. The Mountaineers look to do something they have not done this season since the NC State and Kansas games; win two games back to back.

Coach Brown addressed the media Tuesday afternoon as the Mountaineers gear up for hosting the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the final home game of the 2019 season.

“Huge weekend for West Virginia athletics,” Brown remarked. “Coach Huggins and basketball had a win over Pitt, then a big win last night. Mens soccer wins a championship. Nikki and her girls won in soccer in the NCAA, win in the first round. Congrats to those teams.”

Brown pointed out on that the win was ” . . . a much needed win. I thought that was our most complimentary game of football we played all year, with all three phases of the game had a hand in it.”

Coach Brown pointed out that despite the win, the team had a few struggles throughout the game, but did highlight Hakeem Bailey’s interception to end the game and what a huge accomplishment that was for Bailey’s season.

Receiver George Campbell was one of the football team’s offensive bright spots from Saturday’s win over Kansas State, with Brown pointing out Campbell’s growth this fall. “George has made as much improvement in the receiver position from July until now of anybody I have ever coached.”

One more award worth noting was the team’s “Juice Guy” of the week for the Juice Squad. “Blaine Scott is our juice guy of the week. He really brought it on Saturday.” Adam Hensley was the community service award winner of the week, an award that Brown does not like to advertise much, but felt this week it was worth note.

Brown spoke highly of head coach Mike Gundy and the program he has built at Oklahoma State, “The consistency that he’s built in that program is what we’re working for here, what we’re trying to build.” Brown pointed out that the 7-3 team is playing extremely well, despite the relatively young team they have; with the exception of their seasoned defense.

“Final home game. Senior day for 22 guys and their families. Special day for them,” Brown said. “We need to redeem ourselves from the last time we were in that stadium for a game we did not perform very well. We owe it to our fans.”

The Mountaineers have not won a home game since September 14, and Coach Brown knows it. When asked about Jarret Doege and his potential fifth game of the season if the Mountaineers overtake the Cowboys, Brown’s comment was one of honest optimism. “I haven’t mentioned the word bowl in this building until now,” Brown said. “My message in this building since the second half of the Missouri game is I just want to consistently get better.” Brown went on to emphasize that his main focus is on his team improving each week and now putting on a better game for the fans after the last home game.

The Mountaineers take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a noon kick off at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday to round out West Virginia’s home games for the season.

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