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Mountaineers Get Behind Leddie Brown After Slow Start

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (October 17, 2020) – The West Virginia football team takes care of the Kansas Jayhawks after a rough start on Saturday afternoon by a final score of 38-17.

“A good win for us to get to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big 12,” WVU coach Neal Brown said. “I was excited to see our fans back at Mountaineer Field. For however many we had, I thought they were loud and they were into it.”

The West Virginia Mountaineers (3-1) began the opening drive of the game with a fumble by TJ Simmons that resulted in a Kansas Jayhawks (0-4) field goal.

The Jayhawks were not messing around the first quarter as Miles Kendrick connected with Andrew Parchment to make it a 10-0 ball game early on.

After another possession of punting, Jarret Doege was able to find Bryce Ford-Wheaton for 33-yards. Ford-Wheaton finished the day with five catches for 89 yards.

Towards the end of the half, the West Virginia offense showed a little sign of life behind running back Leddie Brown. Brown was accountable for 61 yards on a drive that resulted in him scoring a pass from Jarret Doege.

Leddie Brown was just getting started. In the third quarter the Mountaineers had a 3rd & 1 in their own territory when Brown ran up the middle with open green for an 87-yard touchdown. 

The Philadelphia native finished the game with 195 rushing yards, 36 reception yards, and two-scrimmage touchdowns. FOX announcer, Gus Johnson, wasn’t wrong in calling Leddie Brown, “the baddest man in Morgantown.”

Jarret Doege was able to find more of a rhythm in the second half compared to his first half play. Doege was able to find Sam James for a touchdown in the fourth to make it a three-score game.

The Bowling Green transfer finished 26 for 44, throwing for 318 yards. Doege had three touchdowns and had an interception on a screen play.

West Virginia coach Neal Brown sees the offense progressively getting better.

“Offensively, we’re getting closer. If you look at our overall numbers they were pretty impressive,” Brown said. “We’re still getting in our way a little bit, whether it’s a few penatlies or dropped passes, whatever it is, but we averaged over eight yards per play. I thought our guys competed.”

Alec Sinkfield ran up the score late in the fourth with a touchdown to make it 38-10 West Virginia. Right after Sinkfield’s touchdown, the Jayhawks hit the scoreboard for the first time since the first quarter with a kick return touchdown from Pooka Williams.

The defense played spectacular on Saturday afternoon causing two takeaways from Kansas. Alonzo Addae in the first quarter had an interception, while Darius Stills showed off his big-man athleticism with a diving catch to give the ball back to his offense.

Akheem Mesidor was able to get to Miles Kendrick on back-to-back sacks to help the Mountaineers tally on five sacks on the day.

The West Virginia Mountaineers will travel on the road next week to Lubbock, Texas to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium. Kickoff will begin at 5:30 P.M. and coverage will be on ESPN 2.

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