WVU Football Wins AutoZone Liberty Bowl

West Virginia rceiver Sam James (13) looks for running room after a catch

The Mountaineer football team came back from 21-10 second half deficit to claim a 24-21 victory over Army in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Thursday in Memphis.

The Black Knights led 14-10 at halftime, taking advantage of two turnovers by WVU quarterback Jarret Doege (an interception and a late second-quarter fumble).

West Virginia coach Neal Brown replaced Doege with Austin Kendall at quarterback to start the second half. The senior completed eight of 17 passes for 121 yards in two touchdowns in leading the Mountaineer comeback.

Army (9-3) held West Virginia to just 42 net rushing yards. It’s the first game this year in which the Mountaineers have found a way to win while running for less than 130 yards. WVU did pass for a combined 280 between its two QBs.

West Virginia’s defense limited the Black Knights’ usually powerful run game to just 182 yards on 59 attempts. Army came to Memphis averaging 281 yards on the ground, which was the fourth best mark in the NCAA.

With the win, which was WVU’s first bowl game under Brown, its second-year head coach, West Virginia finished the 2020 season with a 6-4 record.

The win snaps three-game bowl losing streak for the Mountaineers. They last won in the postseason in the 2015-16 Cactus Bowl in another fourth quarter comeback, this over Arizona State in a 43-42 win.

 

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    The Mountaineer football team came back from 21-10 second half deficit to claim a 24-21 victory over Army in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Thursday in Mem
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    #133540

    I have to admit I underestimated Army.   I knew they were disciplined and would battle us, but I thought our talent advantage would result in about a 2 touchdown victory.  Wrong.  They are very well-coached.  Having said that, NB and his staff did a great job preparing for this bowl game.  Such a refreshing contrast to you-know-who.  Our guys looked pumped up (for what some would call a “meaningless” bowl game).  Both coaching staffs should be congratulated because that was a very good college football game.

    #133543

    I’m impressed that NB had the hutzpah to pull Doege.  Thought he should have gone to Green but quickly realized he was going for the W with the seasoned player.

    Melt down on other boards when Kendall came in.  Then the bitching quickly quieted.

    #133551

    After all, there is a depth chart for a reason.

    We know how it is, everyone can coach better than the coach.

    Now the slate is clean, let the competition begin!

    #133568

    A win is a win, and Army was a worthy opponent.  A really good qb and better receivers could have exploited Army more, but in the end they did enough.  Kudos to Kendall.  Has to feel good.  But he isn’t the answer at qb.  Disappointed we couldn’t break Leddie more often.  But the stagnant passing game could have been a factor there.

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