West Virginia head coach Neal Brown spoke to the media on Monday following the team’s 42-21 victory against Cincinnati.
West Virginia was coming into this game following a 39 point loss to Oklahoma that saw the Mountaineers give up 644 total yards of offense.
“Defensively I think the positives are the fast start,” said Neal Brown. “Four punts to the start the game. I think they were fifth in the country in rushing coming into the game and we held them well below their average, both rushing and total offense, well below their average. [Corey] Kiner, who I think is a really good running back, we held him to under 60 yards. I thought our run fits were really good, we still missed some tackles but we had guys there to cover it up.”
On the offensive side the ball, West Virginia had one of their best rushing games of the season as freshman Jahiem White and quarterback Garrett Greene combined for 358 total yards of rushing.
“Offensively, positives, we ran the ball for 424 yards and averaged 9.8 yards per play. We held the ball for 35 minutes, 8 of 11 on end of possession downs, and a lot of explosive plays.”
Against Oklahoma, both Doug Nester and CJ Donaldson suffered injuries and exited the game. Both played against Cincinnati over the weekend with Donaldson carrying the ball five times for 20 yards and one touchdown. Neal Brown gave an update as to how both of them will be monitored going into the rest of the week.
“CJ, we took him out early, he didn’t practice today and he won’t practice tomorrow, we’ll get him going on Wednesday. Doug on the same, give them a little bit more time, come back. I think both will end up being ready to go, I’ll know more after Wednesday’s practice, but I feel like both will probably be ready.”
The Mountaineers are preparing for the final regular season game as they travel to Waco to take on Baylor. That game is scheduled for Saturday with kickoff slated for 7:00. The game can be seen on FS1.