NCAAF Game Recap - West Virginia at Missouri
Sat Sep 7, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
F
SD
14
Okla
70
F
Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
F
Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
F
UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
F
Cal
20
Wash
19
F
Buff
13
PSU
45
F
Nev
6
Oreg
77
F
C Mi
0
Wisc
61
F
UCF
48
FlAtl
14
F
WestMI
17
MSU
51
F
Rut
0
Iowa
30
F
Syr
20
MD
63
F
NoCol
17
WaSt
59
F
Stan
20
USC
45
F
Marsh
7
Boise
14
F
Neb
31
Colo
34
F OT
Wake
41
Rice
21
F
W&M
17
UVA
52
F
SacSt
7
AzSt
19
F
Ohio
10
Pitt
20
F
(N/A)
23
Kent
26
F
WVU
7
Mizzu
38
F
Sou
24
Mem
55
F
BGSU
0
K St
52
F
OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
F
SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
F
SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
F
E Il
0
Ind
52
F
Ill
31
UConn
23
F
Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
F
WIl
13
ColSt
38
F
UTSA
14
Bayl
63
F
SDSU
23
UCLA
14
F
ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
F
GWebb
9
ECU
48
F
NCAT
13
Duke
45
F
Furm
42
GASt
48
F
Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
SoAl
37
F
NorTx
27
SMU
49
F
McNee
14
OkSt
56
F
TnSt
26
MidTN
45
F
CoCar
12
Kans
7
F
BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
F
W Ky
20
FLInt
14
F
Stony
7
UtSt
62
F
Ark
17
Miss
31
F
Lib
14
ULLaf
35
F
E Mi
17
KY
38
F
UTEP
3
TxTch
38
F
PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F

Sep 7, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

West Virginia (1-1)

0

0

0

7

7

Missouri (1-1)

10

21

0

7

38

Missouri rolls to 38-7 win over West Virginia in home opener
Sat Sep 7, 2019 5:02 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri coach Barry Odom showed up this week displaying little black-and-yellow cards that he handed out to his team that read quite simply: "Takeaways = Victory."

The Tigers didn't have enough of them in a stunning loss to Wyoming last weekend.

They had plenty in a 38-7 blowout of West Virginia on Saturday.

Missouri turned over the Mountaineers three times without committing one of its own, returning one of its interceptions for a touchdown. And even when the Tigers didn't get a takeaway, they usually forced rebuilding West Virginia to go backward before ultimately punting.

"I was proud of our team and proud of our staff and the way we bounced back," Odom said. "There is a fine line in winning, and winning is hard. But I told our guys, 'We're not going to be defined by one game,' just like we're not going to be defined by this one."

Too bad. This one was almost perfect.

Kelly Bryant threw for 150 yards and three scores while playing fewer than three quarters due to the heat. Albert Okwuegbunam had two of the touchdown grabs and Barrett Banister the other one, while Larry Rountree added 99 yards and a score on the ground.

Nick Bolton had a pair of interceptions and the touchdown return, while the Tigers (1-10 limited the Mountaineers (1-1) to just 30 yards rushing after yielding 297 in last week's loss at Wyoming.

"This game was won on Tuesday and Wednesday. This game was won by how we practiced," Missouri offensive tackle Tre'Vour Wallace-Simms said. "We practiced better than we did last week."

Oklahoma transfer Austin Kendall was 15 of 25 for 137 yards with two interceptions, and most of his yardage came on a late TD throw. The Mountaineers' leading rusher? Alec Sinkfield with 27 yards.

"We were completely outplayed and outcoached in all phases," West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. "This is key, and I want you all to listen to me on this: I'm very disappointed in our performance, but I'm not discouraged. I want that to be heard loud and clear. I'm not discouraged."

The Tigers weren't discouraged by last week, either. But they sure were motivated.

Okwuegbunam capped a 72-yard drive with his first touchdown reception to make it 10-0 late in the first quarter. Rountree scored from 10 yards out after a 59-yard march early in the second, then Okwuegbunam grabbed his second TD catch later in the quarter. And when Bryant found Banister in the final seconds of the first half, the Tigers had built a 31-0 lead at the break.

As for West Virginia, well, things went haywire right from the start.

Brown called for an onside kick to begin the game and it didn't work. The Mountaineers went three-and-out on their first drive, then Kendall had tipped passes picked off to end each of the next two possessions. They even missed a field goal in the second quarter.

West Virginia's running game may have been the most embarrassing aspect of the day. Brown had vowed it would improve after managing 34 yards against James Madison last week, but the Mountaineers actually went backward in the first half - 15 attempts took them back six feet.

West Virginia lost another three yards on the ground in the third quarter, and its bumbling and ineffective offense didn't reach positive yards on the ground until there was 7:44 to go.

"If we want to win games and be as good as we want to, we can't play like that," Mountaineers offensive lineman Josh Sills said. "It was bad, terrible. Even if they do outnumber us or line up four in the box or five in the box or whatever, you have to win your one-on-one matchups."

They hardly won any of them. That's a big reason Missouri won the game.

"We had great practice leading up to this game," Rountree added. "You just try not to repeat the same mistakes and just have fun. First home game, just have fun. We had more energy on the sideline and I think it showed out on the field."

LOOKING GOOD

Missouri's home opener also was the unveiling of the new south end zone at Faurot Field. The $98 million project created new suites, club seats and a members-only, field-level club space.

FEELING BLUES

Several members of the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues were on hand, getting a big ovation before the start of the game. The Blues play their preseason opener against the Stars on Sept. 16.

UP NEXT

West Virginia returns home to face North Carolina State next Saturday.

Missouri faces Southeast Missouri State next Saturday before SEC play begins.

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Passing

WVU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Kendall 25 15 60.0 1 137 46 2 54.9
J. Allison 2 1 50.0 0 4 4 1 16.7
Mizzu Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Powell 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
K. Bryant 25 17 68.0 3 150 26 0 123.3

Rushing

WVU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Sinkfield 9 27 3.0 6 0
T. Bush 3 15 5.0 9 0
Mizzu Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Rountree III 17 104 6.1 19 1
T. Badie 12 71 5.9 16 0

Receiving

WVU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
G. Campbell 2 59 29.5 46 1
S. James 5 35 7.0 16 0
Mizzu Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Okwuegbunam 2 42 21.0 26 2
J. Knox 3 26 8.7 14 0

Fumbles

Mizzu F FL
L. Rountree III 1 0

Returning

WVU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Sinkfield 1 39.0 0 39 0 - 0 0

Punting

WVU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Growden 5 200 40.0 48
Mizzu Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. McCann 5 177 35.4 51

Takeaways

Mizzu Int Yds InTD
N. Bolton 2 38 1
R. Perkins 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

WVU Mizzu
Points For 7 38
Total Yards 171 382
Rushing Yards 30 232
Passing Yards 141 150
Passing Completions / Attempts 16/27 17/28
Turnovers 3 0
Interceptions Thrown 3 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/0
First Downs 13 26
Penalties - Yards 4/40 10/100
Time Of Possession 1:01 59:59
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/16 7/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 5/40 5/35

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter WVU Mizzu
Mizzu 6:26 FG Tucker McCann 43 yd FG 0 3
Mizzu 10:13 TD Albert Okwuegbunam 26 yd pass from Kelly Bryant (Tucker McCann kick) 0 10
2nd Quarter WVU Mizzu
Mizzu 1:58 TD Larry Rountree III 10 yd run (Tucker McCann kick) 0 17
Mizzu 9:24 TD Albert Okwuegbunam 16 yd pass from Kelly Bryant (Tucker McCann kick) 0 24
Mizzu 14:37 TD Barrett Banister 3 yd pass from Kelly Bryant (Tucker McCann kick) 0 31
3rd Quarter WVU Mizzu
No scores this quarter
4th Quarter WVU Mizzu
Mizzu 2:53 TD Nick Bolton 20 yd interception return (Tucker McCann kick) 0 38
WVU 9:47 TD George Campbell 46 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Evan Staley kick) 7 38

Game Information

Stadium: Memorial Stadium at Faurot Field, Columbia, Missouri
Attendance: 51,215
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