West Virginia head coach Neal Brown was super pleased with his team’s 42-21 victory over Cincinnati.
Brown reflected on the day that was at Milan Puskar Stadium. West Virginia immortalized former head coach Don Nehlen, as well as their senior class in the game.
“Great win. Appreciate the fans for showing up,” Brown said. “On a day that we honored the all-time winningest coach, the most successful coach, and one of the best men that’s been in the game of college football, I think it’s only fitting, his first game as a head coach at West Virginia was against Cincinnati. He gets immortalized in the stadium in a game that we won convincingly versus Cincinnati. Had a little extra pressure on us to come out and win today with him getting honored but glad we could get it done.”
“Really happy for the guys that walked today. You look at those guys and there’s a core group there that’s really has established the standard of how we work here. Guys are going to be sorely missed when things are all done this year. They came out and performed. That’s a really hard, emotional deal.”
Offense Bounces Back
West Virginia’s offense was not themselves last week against Oklahoma. This week, they bounced back led by quarterback Garrett Greene. Greene passed for 210 yards and a touchdown, adding 154 more yards and three other scores on the ground.
“Really just a dominant performance. I think we punted one time. Stats speak for themselves,” Brown said. “I thought it was dominant and it starts up front with the offensive line.”
“Garrett bounced back, he’s the ultimate competitor. Knew he would play well after not playing as well last week.”
Jahiem White had over 200 yards rushing and also added a 75-yard touchdown reception. The true freshman had two total scores and continues to be a force in the WVU backfield.
“Him continuing to learn how to practice is really paying off. He was elite today. He almost had 300 yards of total offense,” Brown said.
Impact of 7 WIns
Brown recorded his seventh win of the season, the most he’s had at WVU during his tenure. Brown and the Mountaineers have five Big 12 wins, and they hope to get at least one more before things are all said and done in 2023.
“I think the seven wins is good. We need to get to eight, we need to get to nine. I think if we can get to nine wins, that’s significant. If ovule look at what’s been done here since joining the Big 12 that would put us maybe second since joining the Big 12. I think the six conference wins is significant. If you look at it, theres’ a couple teams that have won seven, and there’s a couple teams that have won six. There’s very few in the history of our programs that have won six (conference games).”