Kickoff: Saurday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.
West Virginia heads to Manhattan on a five-game losing streak and the task at hand isn’t about to get any easier as the Mountaineers prepare to take on Kansas State.
Both teams have new head coaches but the Wildcats (6-3, 3-3) have been on the winning side of things. Currently, they are the team with confidence while the Mountaineers (3-6, 1-5) are struggling to find their identity.
In order to remain eligible for a bowl game, WVU must win the game. Can they get it done?
The Mountaineers are coming off a 38-17 loss to Texas Tech last week. Junior quarterback Austin Kendall had two interceptions and a fumble while failing to throw a touchdown pass.
WVU’s wide receivers dropped seven passes and the offense once again was abysmal.
Despite dropping several passes, redshirt freshman Sam James was one of the few bright spots. He had 14 receptions for 223 yards.
The Mountaineers’ ground game has been non-existent most of the year. In fact, WVU has the third-fewest rushing yards per game in the nation, averaging just 75.8 yards per game.
Kennedy McKoy and Leddie Brown have a combined 447 rushing yards this season.
With a struggling offense, the Mountaineers are about to face a team that only allows 194.8 yards per game in the air.
Last week the Wildcats battled Texas down to the wire before dropping the contest, 27-24. Junior quarterback Skylar Thompson went 17 of 27 for 253 yards and two touchdowns.
Kansas State was held to just 51 rushing yards on 26 carries.
On the season Thompson has completed nine touchdown passes with just one interception. He’s also second on the team in rushing with 331 yards on the ground and has a team-leading ten rushing touchdowns.
If WVU wants to win, they need to slow down Thompson.
WVU is tied for 23rd in the nation with 2.89 sacks per game and defensive lineman Darius and Dante Stills have been a force to reckon with. The duo has a combined 13 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss.
However, last week the Mountaineers’ defense came out flat in the first half. WVU’s defensive unit will need to rebound and stand tall for a chance to win.
Kansas State: 24, West Virginia: 14
Cover Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS