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Recap: West Virginia Leaves Toughness On Team Bus, Gets Embarrassed At Missouri

The Mountaineers just could not get anything going against Mizzou.

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West Virginia played Missouri at the wrong time. Missouri was coming off a week one loss against the Wyoming Cowboys and took out their anger on the Mountaineers. Neal Brown elected to start with an onside kick that was recovered by Missouri and from that point on the game was just a landslide in favor of Missouri. 

The Tigers started slow at the onset, but after a few drives they got their offense going and scored 31 1st-half points. The game was over by halftime and Missouri stared to go to their bench. West Virginia brought out Jack Allison for a drive, he threw a pick six and was removed in favor of the regular QB Austin Kendall.

Like last week, it was ugly. The difference being this week; it didn’t end in anything close to a win for West Virginia.

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Key Plays

5:27 1st [WVU 1st & 10 at MIZ 38] – At this point WVU was very much still in the ballgame. The score was only 3-0 Missouri and the Mountaineers were driving down the field. Kendall threw behind Tevin Bush and reaching back Bush tapped the ball into the air and it was intercepted. The Tigers scored on the next drive and never looked back.

1:55 1st [WVU 3rd & 11 at WVU 40] – This was the first drive right after Kendall threw his first interception. WVU was down 10-0 and really needed points on the board. Kendall overthrew the curl route here and it was intercepted again, leading to another Missouri score. WVU was just depleted after this one, and it was pretty much over.

5:13 4th [WVU 3rd & 1 at MIZ 46] – Austin Kendall found George Campbell for a 46-yard touchdown. While this had little impact on the game, it at least kept the Mountaineers from being shut out.

Key Stats

3 – That’s how many interceptions Mountaineer quarterbacks threw, allowing 21 points off of those interceptions. The first two, by Kendall, came when the game was close in the first quarter and ended up killing the Mountaineers mojo.

0.9 – West Virginia averaged 0.9 yards per carry. That was against a team who allowed 297 yards to Wyoming. After week two the Mountaineers have 56 carries and 64 yards. That’s terrible and West Virginia can’t win if that doesn’t get fixed.

232 – Missouri ran for 232 yards on this WVU defense. The Mountaineers were bullied on the line of scrimmage and the result clearly shows that.

4-8 – That was Neal Browns record in his first year at Troy. He than took Troy to three straight ten win seasons. Hopefully that future is in the cards for West Virginia.

WVU Key Players

  • Austin Kendall – 15/25, 137 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
  • George Campbell – 2 catches, 59 yards, 1 TD
  • Josh Growden – 5 attempts, 40 AVG

Remaining Thoughts

Should Alec Sinkfield See More Carries – In limited action, Alec Sinkfield looked like the only competent back on the roster. He saw some runs in the fourth quarter. Granted it was mostly second stringers for Missouri, but he has the speed and elusiveness to maybe make something out of nothing when the offensive line collapses.

West Virginia Fans Need To Relax – It’s clearly a rebuilding year. It’s definitely year zero for Neal Brown. The fact of the matter is the Mountaineers aren’t a good football team. This is going to be a long, but necessary, loosing season. Neal Brown has preached “Trust The Climb”, now it’s time to see if the fans truly do.

The Mountaineers still don’t have a standout QB – Austin Kendall is the guy and I assume he will be continuing into next week, however he struggled mightily today. Jack Allison got some reps but threw a pick six and didn’t see the field after that. It’s a work in progress but neither of these guys have it right now.

The Offensive Has a Lot of Work to Do – The Mountaineer offensive line tried to switch things up when it moved Josh Sills back to guard from the center position. It didn’t change anything. West Virginia still couldn’t run the ball at all and allowed four sacks. Kendall is definitely going to be sore after all the shots his offensive line allowed. The offense is going nowhere if this group doesn’t improve.

Lastly, a Few Highlights

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