James Madison vs. West Virginia Postgame Notes
· Today’s game against James Madison marked the start of the 2019; the 129th year of West Virginia football and the 40th season of play at Milan Puskar Stadium.
· Today’s attendance for WVU’s contest against the Dukes was 61,891; the most for a season home opener since 1998 (Ohio State).
· West Virginia is now 90-33-4 all-time in season openers/8-2 during this decade/16-4 since 2000/30- 9-1 since 1980.
· West Virginia is now 99-20-6 in season home openers, including 16 wins in a row/10-0 this decade/19-1 since 2000/35-4-1 since 1980.
· WVU is now 20-0 against schools that play at the NCAA FCS level.
· West Virginia is now 3-0 in its all-time series with James Madison
· During this decade, West Virginia is now 28-11 in non-conference games, including 20-1 at home/WVU is now 65-27 since 2000, including 43-6 at home.
· With the win, Neal Brown became the third consecutive coach and the 24th all-time to win their West Virginia head-coaching debut.
· WVU had nine first-time starters against James Madison; five on defense (Darius Stills, Sean Mahone, Jeffrey Pooler, Quondarius Qualls and Josh Chandler) and four on offense (Michael Brown, Sam James, Sean Ryan and Austin Kendall).
· Twenty-one Mountaineers either set or tied career highs against James Madison.
· With redshirt sophomore linebacker Exree Loe’s first-quarter fumble recovery, WVU has now forced at least one turnover in 50 of the last 64 games.
· It was the third fumble recovery of Loe’s career. His three career fumble recoveries lead the team.
· The Mountaineers recovered two fumbles in the first quarter against JMU. WVU has now forced multiple turnovers in five of its last six games.
· Redshirt freshman safety Kwantel Raines forced his first career fumble in the first quarter against the Dukes. Redshirt junior linebacker Dylan Tonkery recovered the fumble, the second of his career.
· Redshirt senior cornerback Keith Washington intercepted quarterback Ben DiNucci in the fourth quarter for his fourth career interception. The Mountaineer defense has now intercepted the opposition in four of last five games.
· Sophomore linebacker Josh Chandler finished with 14 tackles (nine solo) to tally the Mountaineers’ first 10-plus tackle performance of the 2019 season.
· WVU held James Madison to 156 yards passing. West Virginia has now held its opponents to less than 300 yards passing 45 times in the last 65 games, which includes 33 of the last 46.
· Redshirt senior wide receiver George Campbell caught a 28-yard pass from redshirt junior quarterback Austin Kendall in the third quarter for the Mountaineers’ first touchdown of the 2019 campaign. It was Campbell’s first touchdown catch of his career.
· Junior defensive lineman Darius Stills blocked a field goal in the second quarter, the first of his career. West Virginia has now blocked two field goals in as many seasons (Kenny Bigelow vs. Iowa State, 2018).