MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—West Virginia’s offense came together on Saturday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium as the Mountaineers defeated No. 16 Kansas State 37-10.
Jarret Doege completed 22-of-34 passes for 301 yards and twotouchdowns. Leddie Brown had 102 rushing yards.
Bryce Ford-Wheaton led the receiving corps with 104 yards and three catches.
“I thought it was a three-phase win,” WVU head coach Neal Brown said. “I thought we played well on offense, defense and special teams.”
The Mountaineers (4-2, 3-2 Big 12) outgained Kansas State 184 to 41 on the ground this afternoon.
Will Howard made 19-of-37 passes for 184 yards for the Wildcats (4-2, 4-1). Kansas State had just 41 rushing yards on the afternoon.
“In our four wins, we’ve really done a good job of limiting rushing yards. In the two games we lost, Oklahoma State was right at 200, and I think Texas Tech was in the 180s, but only 41 rushing yards (today),” Brown said.
With the game notched at 3-3, Wheaton caught a 58-yard pass from Doege to move WVU to the Wildcats 7. Then Doege found sophomore Ali Jennings in the end zone to give the Mountaineers a 10-3 lead.
After the defense did their job, four minutes later Doege connected with T.J. Simmons for a 32-yard gain and an 8-yard pickup for Reese Smith before handing it off to Brown to finish the job.
From then on, WVU dominated Kansas State. The Mountaineers’ defense held Kansas State to a season-low 225 total yards for an average of 3.75 yards per play.
“I thought it was our energy and our physicality across the board defensively,” Brown noted.
Senior linebacker Tony Fields II led the defense with a season-high 15 tackles. Dylan Tonkery, Nicktroy Fortune and Sean Mahone all had interceptions for WVU.
Jared Bartlett and Dante Stills both were credited with sacks.
The Mountaineers travel to Texas next Saturday.
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