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Quick Hits: Mountaineers become bowl eligible with shutout at Kansas

West Virginia continued their win streak on Saturday with a 49-0 shutout victory over the winless Kansas Jayhawks.

The Mountaineers jumped out to an early 28 point lead in the first quarter of the game behind two Rushel Shell rushing touchdowns, a Terrell Chestnut pick 6, and a 24 yard touchdown run by Wendell Smallwood.

The Kansas offenses was never able to get started as the WVU defense held them to 221 total yards and 4 turnovers, three of which being interceptions.

The Mountaineers had 3 players surpass 100 yards rushing for the first time since 1969. QB Skyler Howard rushed 9 times for 129 yards, Wendell Smallwood 18 times for 115 yards, and Rushel Shell 14 times for 108 yards.

Howard finished the day 13-22 for 135 yards including one touchdown pass to Cody Clay and in INT. William Crest finished the day going 3-10 for 71 yards (44 of which came on a screen pass to Ricky Rogers) and one INT.

Redshirt junior cornerback Nana Kyeremeh led the Mountaineers defense with 5 total tackles, including 4 solo, and an interception. West Virginia held Kansas to only 94 rushing yards in the victory.

The Mountaineers finished the day with 630 total offensive yards (426 rushing, 204 passing) and improve to 6-4 on the season making them bowl eligible and in the middle of a 3 game win streak.

West Virginia is back home next week against Iowa State. Kickoff against the Cyclones is at noon EST.

photo courtesy USA Today Sports

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