MORGANTOWN W.Va- After an unsettling opening play touchdown to start the afternoon in the little apple, the Mountaineers settled in and rallied behind newcomer Jarret Doege late in the game to earn their fourth win of the season and keep their hopes of bowl eligibility alive.
After earning his first start in his Mountaineer career, quarterback Jarret Doege led the offense with high-confidence all night, going 20/30, for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns. His night was highlighted by a scramble out of the pocket, and throw downfield to Bryce Wheaton for the walk-in touchdown to give the Mountaineers the lead late in the fourth quarter that ended up being the decisive blow.
The former five-star recruit and FSU transfer George Campbell was at the forefront of the Mountaineers’ success Saturday, catching five receptions for 92 yards, and two touchdowns.
Campbell now has 14 receptions on the season, with six of them going for touchdowns.
With a bend, but not break mentality, the Mountaineer defense made key stops on third down and held the Wildcats to 13 points in the first half, to take a one-point lead into halftime.
Despite the opening drive of the game which had a similar feel to last weekend in Morgantown, Hakeem Bailey and the Mountaineer defense stepped up late in the game and did enough to keep Skyler Thompson and the AP Top 25 Wildcats at bay throughout the night.
Bailey capped off the Mountaineers’ gritty night on defense with a game-saving interception inside the 10-yard line of West Virginia in the final seconds of the game.
With the win, the Mountaineers improve to (4-6) on the season and move on to face Oklahoma St. next weekend in their final home game of the season.
The kickoff time and television network are both TBD, as the six-day window was declared last weekend for the contest.