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Mountaineers make late stand, survive Big 12 opener in Lawrence

MORGANTOWN W.Va- In a game that started fast for the Mountaineers with an opening drive touchdown, things quickly slowed down for both offenses, and the Mountaineer defense made plays late in the game to give the Mountaineers the upper hand. In the end, the Mountaineers got in the last few blows on the Jayhawks and defeated the Kansas 29-24 to escape Lawrence with a victory.

The strength on offense for the Mountaineers was the running game that heavily involved three backs in Martell Pettaway, Kennedy McKoy and Leddie Brown. They combined for 192 yards rushing and were all leaned on at different points in the game. Pettaway finished with two rushing touchdowns, after not playing in last week’s game against NC State. 

Jayhawk quarterback Carter Stanley completed 19-25 for 275 yards and three touchdowns making big plays late on the Mountaineer defense including a one-play touchdown strike to Andrew Parchment for one of his two scores on the game. 

Parchment finished the game with 132 receiving yards on just five catches, acting as Stanley’s top target. 

The Mountaineer defense held the Kansas’s two dynamic running backs in check, with 103 yards total for the two. A strong first half showing by the Mountaineer defense were able to limit their playmaking and the Jayhawks offense was held to just seven points in the first half. 

The big playmakers on defense for the Mountaineers were Keith Washington, Josh Chandler and Hakeem Bailey. 

With the Jayhawks threatening late in the game, Washington intercepted the pass from Stanley to take the breath out of the stadium, and seem to give the momentum to the Mountaineers late in the game. Although it came down to a last second lateral play to seal the victory, Washington seemed to put the game out of reach for the Jayhawks. 

This wasn’t the first time Washington has stepped up big with late game heroics. Last season on the road in Lubbock, Washington intercepted quarterback Jett Duffey to seal the win against Texas Tech and spoil the Raid Raiders comeback attempt

In the end, a win on the road in the Big 12 to start out conference play shouldn’t be taken for granted and the win should give the Mountaineers a huge confidence boost. They now start their two week preparation for Texas with their BYE week coming up, in what is setting up to be a crazy environment at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Longhorns will come to town on October 5th. Kickoff time TBD.

Cover Photo Credit: WVU Athletics

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