West Virginia football hosts the 16th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats as they hope to get a bounce-back win after their disappointing loss to Texas Tech last week. The Wildcats, on the other hand, are coming off a smashing victory against their in-state rival Kansas.
The all-time series between the two squads is even at five, so the winner of this year’s contest will get the advantage. Be sure to stop back here for updates as the game unfolds.
FINAL: West Virginia takes down No. 16 Kansas State, 37-10.
1:22: West Virginia bleeds the clock inside two minutes, appearing to put a bow on this game. Kansas State will get another possession with two timeouts remaining after Alec Sinkfield fumbles the ball, but this one appears out of reach for the Wildcats.
6:58: The Wildcats go heavy on the pass game this drive again, calling four passes out of six downs — but they are forced to punt after moving the chains just once. WVU starts on their own 14.
FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (37-10) – 10:35: West Virginia is able to milk over four minutes from the clock with a 9-play, 44-yard drive. Casey Legg nails a 45-yarder to cap it off, extending the Mountaineer lead.
END 3Q: West Virginia leads Kansas State 34-10 going into the final quarter of play.
:17: Kansas State goes three and out and punts — West Virginia’s drive will start on the Mountaineers’ 28 yard line.
1:44: Leddie Brown gets a big burst on first down, but the Mountaineers punt three downs later. Kansas State starts on their own 29.
3:34: The Mountaineers force another punt from the Wildcats. Chris Klieman has been leaning heavily on his true freshman quarterback, with 66.6 percent of the Wildcats’ playcalls going through the air. This drive was no different — six of the nine plays this drive were called passes. West Virginia’s drive will start on its own 22.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (34-10) – 7:51: PICK SIX! Will Howard’s pass on 2nd and 10 is tipped and snagged by Dylan Tonkery, who takes it all 18 yards to paydirt.
FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (27-10) – 9:16: West Virginia chews nearly six minutes off the clock with a fairly solid drive that went for 67 yards. Mike O’Laughlin came up with a big catch to help move the Mountaineers down the field, his second of the day — he now has 37 yards. WVU gets as far as the Kansas State 8 yard line but are stopped short — Casey Legg finishes the drive for West Virginia to extend the lead with a 25-yard field goal.
West Virginia starts the half off with possession.
HALF: West Virginia leads Kansas State at half, 24-10.
TOUCHDOWN KANSAS STATE (24-10) – 1:05: Kansas State goes almost exclusively with their pass game in what will likely be their final drive of the half, and they finally puncture the West Virginia defense when Malik Knowles burns Dreshun Miller over the top for a 35-yard touchdown.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (24-3) – 3:38: Alec Sinkfield gets in on the fun and punches the Mountaineers into Wildcat territory with a 36-yard rush — but it’s Winston Wright who gets WVU the score on a 15-yard catch-and-run in the flat, powering in for the touchdown. The Mountaineers have scored 24 unanswered points.
5:27: Kansas State gets a first down, but otherwise this drive is unproductive for the Wildcats. The visitors have gained just 15 yards in the second quarter. They punt, and WVU takes over on their own 31.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (17-3) – 8:31: West Virginia gets another chunk play, this time from TJ Simmons, who sets up an eventual 9-yard dash over the pylon for Leddie Brown. The momentum is squarely in West Virginia’s hands at this point in the game.
10:29: West Virginia forces a negative Kansas State drive and three-and-out. Their drive will begin on their own 49.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (10-3) – 11:56: Doege connects with Ali Jennings from 5 yards out to give West Virginia the lead. A massive 58-yard reception from Bryce Ford-Wheaton almost gave the Mountaineers the score right there, but he fell out of bounds and instead gave the Mountaineers the opportunity for the score.
14:44: Kansas State gets nothing from the opportunity but a missed field goal from 52 yards. WVU gets the ball on their own 34.
END 1Q: West Virginia is tied up with Kansas State at 3.
:27: Doege completes a pass to Winston Wright on first down, but a sack for an 8-yard loss causes the drive to stall. WVU punts and gives Kansas State good position on the WVU 36.
2:23: Sean Mahone picks off Howard on second down deep shot to give the Mountaineers the ball back on their own 12.
FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (3-3) – 3:06: West Virginia puts together what looks like a stellar offensive drive of 72 yards, but it remains unfinished as they get stopped at the 2 yard line — much like the Wildcats. The Mountaineers made some solid plays on the way down the field, especially on the back of Leddie Brown, but they got some real help from K-State penalties to keep the drive going. Jarret Doege is 5-for-10 for 39 yards so far.
FIELD GOAL KANSAS STATE (3-0) – 8:33: The West Virginia defense steps up for a massive red zone stop after the Wildcats drive down to the Mountaineer 2 yard line, but are held to just a field goal. Tight end Briley Moore was a big piece of that with a 28-yard reception, and it took three Mountaineers to take him down. He could prove to be a tough threat for WVU to stop today.
12:47: Leddie Brown starts the West Virginia offense off with an 11-yard burst, but the Mountaineers stall after that. WVU attempts a 51-yard field goal, but Evan Staley misses. K-State ball on their own 34.
14:37: The Mountaineers get an early turnover on 3rd and 10 — Will Howard’s pass is tipped and nabbed in the air by Nicktroy Fortune, setting WVU up on the K-State 44.
Kansas State starts with the ball on their own 19.