WVU Leads K-State 21-0 At Halftime
West Virginia held a 21-0 lead at halftime against Kansas State Saturday afternoon at Mountaineer Field.
WVU got into Wildcat territory on its first five drives, but two turnovers and other mistakes kept West Virginia from running out to a big early lead.
The Mountaineers led 7-0 after a first quarter, 82-yard TD catch-and-run by Marcus Simms on a pass from Will Grier.
That remained the only score of the game for the first 26 minutes. But then West Virginia’s defense came up with a big play, stuffing a K-State option on fourth-and-inches from the Wildcats’ side of the field at the 39-yard line. WVU took advantage of the short field, as Grier hit David Sills on a quick slant for a one-yard touchdown with 2:31 left in the half. Then after a three-and-out by the KSU offense, Grier got into a rhythm and drove WVU 73 yards on seven plays in 55 seconds. A one-yard fade to Sills with two seconds left in the half gave the Mountaineers the 21-0 lead heading into the lockerroom.
Grier completed 19-of-25 passes for 258 yards in the first half with three touchdowns, though he did have an interceptions, his second of the season. Simms had four catches for 118 yards, while Sills had seven for 56 yards. Gary Jennings and T.J. Simmons each had three receptions for 31 yards. Kennedy McKoy led WVU’s ground game with six carries for 46 yards.
As a team, WVU had 62 rushing yards and 258 passing.
Kansas State was limited to 77 yards of total offense with 20 rushing and 57 passing. KSU QB Skylar Thompson completed seven-of-10 yards. Alex Barnes topped the Wildcat rushing effort with seven carries for 19 yards.
K-State receives the second half kickoff.