WVU Finds Victory In Kansas
LAWRENCE, KANSAS–West Virginia earned the first road win of the Neal Brown era, holding on for a 29-24 victory at Kansas.
WVU is now 3-1 and will enjoy a bye week before hosting Texas on Oct. 5.
West Virginia scored on its first possession of the game at Kansas, putting together a 13-play, 71-yards drive that Kennedy McKoy capped off with a three-yard TD run.
The Mountaineers were held scoreless the rest of the half, until placekicker Evan Staley slipped a 37-yard field goal through the upright on the last play of the second quarter. Kansas had a touchdown drive of its own early in the second quarter, and the first half ended with WVU holding a 10-7 lead.
West Virginia came out to start the second half and again drove the length of the field. Martell Pettaway did the scoring honors this time, running 23 yards to the end zone and a 17-7 lead.
KU responded with a lengthy drive that resulted in a field goal. Kansas coach Les Miles tried to double up on the possession, looking for an onside kick. But a catch interference call gave the ball to the Mountaineers on a short field. West Virginia couldn’t completely capitalize on the short field, gaining only a field goal and a 20-10 lead with 4:20 left in the second quarter.
One play later, KU’s Andrew Parchment took a deep post and outran all the Mountaineers for a 75-yard TD reception that narrowed the visitors’ lead to 20-17.
WVU responded with another lengthy drive, though it managed just a short field goal to extend its lead to six.
West Virginia gave itself a little breathing room with a seven-yard TD run by Pettaway, but KU answered with a 70 touchdown drive of its own to trim WVU lead to 29-24 with 2:10.
The Mountaineers weathered an onside kick attempt and also a last ditch Jayhawk drive to leave Kansas (2-2) with the precious road victory.