NCAAF Game Recap - North Carolina State at West Virginia
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Clem
41
Syr
6
F
Ala
47
SCar
23
F
ArkSt
0
UGA
55
F
NWSt
14
LSU
65
F
Okla
48
UCLA
14
F
OHSt
51
Ind
10
F
NM
14
ND
66
F
Kent
16
Aub
55
F
Fla
29
KY
21
F
IdSt
0
Utah
31
F
Tex
48
Rice
13
F
Pitt
10
PSU
17
F
Mont
3
Oreg
35
F
Lamar
3
TxAM
62
F
Stan
27
UCF
45
F
AzSt
10
MSU
7
F
Iowa
18
IASt
17
F
WaSt
31
Hou
24
F
MD
17
Temp
20
F
PorSt
10
Boise
45
F
Hawaii
20
Wash
52
F
USC
27
BYU
30
F OT
FlaSt
24
UVA
31
F
UNC
18
Wake
24
F
Kans
48
BC
24
F
K St
31
MisSt
24
F
E Mi
34
Ill
31
F
NCSt
27
WVU
44
F
Furm
17
VaTec
24
F
Chat
0
Tenn
45
F
MiaOH
13
Cin
35
F
Cit
27
GATec
24
F OT
AF
30
Colo
23
F OT
Norf
7
CoCar
46
F
FlAtl
41
Ball
31
F
Akr
24
C Mi
45
F
ECU
10
Navy
42
F
Army
31
UTSA
13
F
OkSt
40
Tuls
21
F
Mem
42
SoAl
6
F
UNLV
14
NW
30
F
GaSo
32
Minn
35
F
SouLA
29
Miss
40
F
Lou
38
W Ky
21
F
ColSt
34
Ark
55
F
B-C
0
MiaFL
63
F
CAPly
7
OreSt
45
F
NorTx
17
Cal
23
F
Idaho
16
Wyo
21
F
LaTec
35
BGSU
7
F
SMiss
47
Troy
42
F
SCSt
16
SoFL
55
F
Buff
17
Lib
35
F
UMass
17
Char
52
F
Ohio
31
Marsh
33
F
GASt
10
WestMI
57
F
Murr
0
Toled
45
F
Web
13
Nev
19
F
TxSt
17
SMU
47
F
Duke
41
MidTN
18
F
UNH
17
FLInt
30
F
SEMO
0
Mizzu
50
F
TxSo
6
ULLaf
77
F
TCU
34
Purd
13
F
MoStU
6
Tul
58
F
SDSU
31
NMSt
10
F
NIU
8
Neb
44
F
TxTch
14
Ariz
28
F

Sep 14, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

North Carolina State (2-1)

7

14

6

0

27

West Virginia (2-1)

14

7

10

13

44

Kendall throws 3 TDs, West Virginia beats NC State 44-27
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:21 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Austin Kendall and Kennedy McKoy made sure that West Virginia didn't repeat a miserable offensive showing from its last game.

Kendall threw three touchdown passes to lead West Virginia to a 44-27 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday.

McKoy helped West Virginia's run game break out of a slump with a pair of scores, and the Mountaineers (2-1) had by far their highest offensive production of the season one week after looking lethargic in a 38-7 loss at Missouri.

"For us to play winning football, we have to identity ourselves as a blue-collar unit," West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. "We have to outwork people, we have to outphysical people. And we embraced that this week. I think what you saw on that field today was a product of that."

Kendall threw two interceptions against Missouri and had another pick on Saturday but overcame that with mostly solid decisions. Kendall had first-half TD tosses of 20 and 13 yards. His 25-yard run early in the fourth quarter set up his 9-yard scoring toss to freshman Ali Jennings for a 38-27 lead.

Kendall went 27 of 40 for 272 yards.

West Virginia broke a 21-21 halftime tie with the help of its special teams and defense, which had been criticized by the coaching staff for 22 missed tackles a week ago.

North Carolina State (2-1) managed just 97 yards of offense in the second half. Sophomore Matthew McKay threw a first-quarter touchdown pass but was harassed all game in his first road start.

McKay finished 23 of 48 for 207 yards. He was 9 of 24 for 72 yards after halftime.

West Virginia's McKoy had a 23-yard TD run in the first quarter and scored from 5 yards out in the third after Logan Thimons blocked a North Carolina State punt at the 12.

After combining for 27 points in its first two games, West Virginia finished with 445 yards of offense Saturday and avoided its worst three-game start to a season in 11 years.

"I told them, I said, they got embarrassed last week at Missouri. You're going to get their best," said North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren. "They're going to come home and not want to show that to their fans. I knew that was coming. I told them that was coming."

THE TAKEAWAY

North Carolina State: Facing its first Power 5 opponent, the Wolfpack ran 18 more offensive plays than West Virginia but fell flat. They were limited to two second-half field goals after outscoring their first two opponents 75-6.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers entered the game with an FBS-worst 1.1 yard per rushing attempt and wasn't expected to improve much with the pregame announcement that right guard Josh Sills would miss the game with an injured shoulder and left guard Michael Brown was out with an illness. But West Virginia's offense avoided the middle for most of the game. Its most effective plays went to the outside and through laterals.

McKoy said he saw a big difference in blocking on Saturday compared with the previous two games.

"When you get that movement, it makes it easier for us running backs to find those holes," he said.

STREAK BROKEN

Christopher Dunn's 51-yard field goal try on North Carolina State's first drive was well short, breaking his streak of 19 consecutive made field goals, the longest streak in the nation.

FROSH WR CONTRIBUTIONS

Three freshmen receivers helped infuse some needed life into West Virginia's offense.

Sam James caught nine passes for 155 yards and a score, Winston Wright had four catches for 13 yards and Jennings had three catches for 28 yards, including the fourth-quarter TD.

UP NEXT

North Carolina State: Hosts Ball State next Saturday.

West Virginia: Travels to Kansas for the Big 12 opener next Saturday.

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Passing

NCSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. McKay 48 23 47.9 1 207 39 0 66.9
T. Thomas 1 1 100.0 1 18 18 0 158.3
WVU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Kendall 40 27 67.5 3 272 51 1 101.3

Rushing

NCSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
Z. Knight 12 72 6.0 26 0
R. Person 11 52 4.7 11 0
WVU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. McKoy 10 66 6.6 23 2
L. Brown 7 35 5.0 15 1

Receiving

NCSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
E. Emezie 12 103 8.6 17 0
C. Angeline 4 74 18.5 39 1
WVU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
S. James 9 155 17.2 51 1
S. Ryan 4 38 9.5 22 0

Fumbles

Returning

NCSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Lesane 2 18.0 0 18 0 - 0 0
WVU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
S. James 3 16.7 0 27 0 - 0 0
A. Sinkfield 0 - 0 0 2 4.0 0 7

Punting

NCSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Gill 3 149 49.7 61
WVU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Growden 5 199 39.8 50

Takeaways

NCSt Int Yds InTD
D. Thomas 1 11 0

Team Stats Comparison

NCSt WVU
Points For 27 44
Total Yards 369 445
Rushing Yards 144 173
Passing Yards 225 272
Passing Completions / Attempts 24/49 27/40
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 0/0
First Downs 24 25
Penalties - Yards 9/88 12/105
Time Of Possession 29:29 31:31
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/17 3/11
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/5 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 4/37 5/40

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NCSt WVU
WVU 5:54 TD Sam James 20 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Evan Staley kick) 0 7
NCSt 10:11 TD Thayer Thomas 8 yd pass from Matthew McKay (Christopher Dunn kick) 7 7
WVU 11:06 TD Kennedy McKoy 23 yd run (Evan Staley kick) 7 14
2nd Quarter NCSt WVU
NCSt 2:49 TD Jordan Houston 1 yd run (Christopher Dunn kick) 14 14
NCSt 11:47 TD Cary Angeline 18 yd pass from Thayer Thomas (Christopher Dunn kick) 21 14
WVU 14:26 TD George Campbell 13 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Evan Staley kick) 21 21
3rd Quarter NCSt WVU
WVU 4:18 FG Evan Staley 23 yd FG 21 24
WVU 8:36 TD Kennedy McKoy 5 yd run (Evan Staley kick) 21 31
NCSt 12:46 FG Christopher Dunn 41 yd FG 24 31
NCSt 14:50 FG Christopher Dunn 37 yd FG 27 31
4th Quarter NCSt WVU
WVU 2:36 TD Ali Jennings 9 yd pass from Austin Kendall (Evan Staley kick) 27 38
WVU 11:56 TD Leddie Brown 3 yd run (failed 2pt rush) 27 44

Game Information

Stadium: Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, West Virginia
Attendance: 57,052
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