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Neal Brown: WVU trying to catch fire after win against TCU

Following West Virginia’s 29-17 win against TCU, head coach Neal Brown spoke to the media about his team’s success this past weekend, as well as give some insight to this weekend’s matchup with No. 22 Iowa State.

West Virginia won its first road game since 2019 this past weekend. Brown said his defense played well against a good offense and felt they played the best they have all year.

“We limited a very very good offense,” Brown said. “We only allowed 10 points on defense and zero in the second half.”

Senior running back Leddie Brown had his best game this season. Brown rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns, and coach Brown thought he excelled on Saturday.

“That was his best game running the football,” Brown said.

Brown was impressed with how the offense moved down the field and how the offensive line played.

“I think it’s the best rhythm we had,” Brown said. “I thought our o-line played their best game.”

Defensively, the Mountaineers only allowed 10 points all game, after TCU returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. They also accounted for three turnovers, two sacks, and six tackles for a loss.

“I thought we flew around. That was our most consistent defensive performance,” Brown said.

Brown also said he was very impressed with Charles Woods, who had three tackles, a fumble recovery, and an interception. Woods was named Co-Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, and was also named WVU’s Defensive Player of the Week.

This week, No. 22 Iowa State will travel to Morgantown, to face the Mountaineers. Last season, the Mountaineers were thrashed in a 42-6 defeat at the hand of the Cyclones.

Iowa State is very veteran heavy. The Cyclone offense is led by senior quarterback Brock Purdy and junior running back Breece Hall. This season Purdy has passed for 11 touchdowns and only four interceptions, while Hall has rushed for 818 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

“I think we are catching them playing their best football of the year,” Brown said of this Iowa State team.

As for last season, Brown says they were better than the Mountaineers on both sides of the football.

“They physically dominated both line of scrimmages,” Brown said of last season’s matchup.

As for the line of scrimmage, Brown said Iowa State’s defense is defined by how their line plays.

“What makes them great on defense is their defensive line,” Brown said.

This weekend, Brown hopes the fans will show up and support his team. The Mountaineers have not had a home game since Oct. 2 against Texas Tech.

“Hopefully our fans will show up in good numbers and then have a good Halloween.”

The Mountaineers and Cyclones are set to kickoff at Milan Puskar Stadium at 2 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN+.

Photo by Dale Sparks, All Pro Photography

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