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.