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Mountaineers Look To Recover From Slow Start As They Host LIU

The West Virginia football team is looking to rebound after their week one loss against Maryland, as they host Long Island in their home opener at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Both teams are coming off of a loss after Week 1 and looking to redeem themselves.

LIU faced Florida International last Thursday which resulted in a 48-10 loss for the Sharks. This game was the debut for new interim head coach Jonathan Gill.

Long Island quarterback Camden Orth threw for 197 yards and a touchdown on 15-of-30 passing. LIU drove for 58 yards on 14 plays in 8:35 but then missed a field goal. Things looked promising for the Sharks on the first drive but continued to go down hill.

LIU does have some standout players that will give the Mountaineers a good fight, including Orth who WVU coach Neal Brown mentioned in today’s press conference.

Due to COVID, the Northeast Conference suspended the 2020 football season and the Sharks have no seen much action since 2019. Camden Orth has only appeared in two games since the FIU home opener.

Orth played in games against South Dakota State and Merrimack. He completed 11-of-19 attempts against Merrimack, and recorded 170 passing yards with one touchdown.

Brown talked about his team needing to make improvements from Saturday. Brown said he found a lot of problems with their play from Saturday, and need to get better in all phases of the game. Brown did say the most important thing the Mountaineers need to work on is limiting the number of turnovers.

“Turnovers is the most important and the second thing is we’ve got to play more physical within our offensive line, we’ve got to be more fundamentally sound at the quarterback position and then defensively we’ve got to simply do our job,” Brown said.

West Virginia and Long Island are set to kick-off on Saturday at 5 p.m. The 2020 seniors and first responders will be honored for Saturday’s game.

Photo from Dale Sparks, WVU

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