NCAAF Game Recap - West Virginia at Kansas
Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

Char
10
Clem
52
F
SMiss
7
Ala
49
F
ND
17
UGA
23
F
LSU
66
Vand
38
F
MiaOH
5
OHSt
76
F
Aub
28
TxAM
20
F
Tenn
3
Fla
34
F
Utah
23
USC
30
F
Mich
14
Wisc
35
F
OkSt
30
Tex
36
F
UCF
34
Pitt
35
F
Oreg
21
Stan
6
F
UCLA
67
WaSt
63
F
AF
19
Boise
30
F
OD
17
UVA
28
F
Wash
45
BYU
19
F
Cal
28
Miss
20
F
Colo
34
AzSt
31
F
SMU
41
TCU
38
F
Hou
31
Tul
38
F
FLInt
31
LaTec
43
F
MSU
31
NW
10
F
ULMon
20
IASt
72
F
Elon
7
Wake
49
F
WestMI
33
Syr
52
F
BC
30
Rut
16
F
UConn
3
Ind
38
F
Mor
21
Army
52
F
CoCar
62
UMass
28
F
ULLaf
45
Ohio
25
F
CenCt
29
E Mi
34
F
Troy
35
Akr
7
F
BGSU
20
Kent
62
F
SoAl
3
UAB
35
F
Wyo
21
Tuls
24
F
App
34
UNC
31
F
Lou
24
FlaSt
35
F
Temp
22
Buff
38
F
SCar
14
Mizzu
34
F
KY
13
MisSt
28
F
C Mi
12
MiaFL
17
F
NMSt
52
NM
55
F
WVU
29
Kans
24
F
W&M
7
ECU
19
F
Hamp
27
Lib
62
F
Wagn
7
FlAtl
42
F
GASt
34
TxSt
37
F(2OT)
SIU
28
ArkSt
41
F
Bayl
21
Rice
13
F
Ball
23
NCSt
34
F
UTSA
3
NorTx
45
F
SJSU
31
Ark
24
F
Nev
37
UTEP
21
F
Neb
42
Ill
38
F
SacSt
20
Fres
34
F
Toled
41
ColSt
35
F
UtSt
23
SDSU
17
F
C Ark
16
Hawaii
35
F

Sep 21, 2019, 4:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

West Virginia (3-1)

7

3

10

9

29

Kansas (2-2)

0

7

10

7

24

Pettaway scores twice as West Virginia beats Kansas 29-24
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:13 PM

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Martell Pettaway couldn't remember the last time he spent an entire game watching from the sideline, never once getting onto the field after warmups - much less getting a carry.

That was the case for West Virginia's senior running back a week ago.

But after the game-plan precluded him from seeing any action in a win over North Carolina State, Pettaway made up for it on his very first carry Saturday. He shook a couple Kansas defenders at the line of scrimmage, broke into the open and ran 23 yards for a third-quarter touchdown.

Pettaway added another score in the fourth quarter, helping the Mountaineers squeak out a 29-24 victory over the Jayhawks in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

"The two touchdown runs he had were big-time plays," said West Virginia coach Neal Brown, who leaned on running backs Kennedy McCoy and Leddie Brown against the Wolfpack. "Martell had a good week of practice and that's the kind of guy he can be."

McCoy added 73 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Mountaineers (3-1). Kendall Austin threw for 202 yards, and Evan Staley bounced back from an early miss to hit three field goals.

Meanwhile, their defense held Kansas (2-2) to 377 yards total offense, one week after new coach Les Miles' bunch had 567 yards and five TDs in a road rout of Boston College. And much of the yardage Saturday came as the Jayhawks drove frantically for a touchdown with 2:10 left in the game.

They tried an onside kick but it went out of bounds, and by the time West Virginia gave the ball back, the Jayhawks only had time for a hook-and-ladder from midfield that came up short.

"Including the last play I felt like we were going to win," Miles said. "If we could've made a cut in the back end of that play we may have."

Carter Stanley led the Jayhawks with 235 yards passing and three touchdowns, but he also threw a costly interception when they were trailing 23-17 midway through the fourth quarter.

Pettaway finished the ensuing drive with his second TD run to make it a two-possession game.

"Coach Brown just told me I could play better. I took that to do better in practice," said Pettaway, who ran for more than 600 yards last season. "It was a good week of practice for me and the offensive line did a hell of a job."

West Virginia and Kansas had played to a first-half draw, though the real winner was the wind. It was whipping out of the south at 25 mph, making it tough for both offenses to move the ball.

The Mountaineers scored first - with the wind - on McCoy's short plunge, then Kansas answered - also with the wind - when Stanley hit Kwamie Lassiter with a 28-yard TD strike.

The momentum shifted late in the first half, though. The Jayhawks had the ball, the wind and three timeouts in the closing minutes but went three-and-out and punted. West Virginia then raced 51 yards in just 49 seconds to set up Staley's go-ahead field goal.

The Mountaineers kept the momentum to start the second half.

Pettway, getting his first carry of the game, picked through a couple tackles at the line of scrimmage and cruised 23 yards for the score. And when Kansas got a chip-shot field goal and appeared to recover the onside kick, Jamahl Horne was flagged for kick-catch interference.

West Virginia was given the ball back and drove for another field goal for a 20-10 lead.

Stanley gave the Jayhawks a chance when he hit Andrew Parchment on a 75-yard catch-and-run. But after West Virginia got another field goal, the Jayhawks' quarterback ruined any chance of a comeback when his throw to the sideline was picked off by the Mountaineers' Keith Washington II.

Pettaway's second touchdown run made it a two-score game for West Virginia.

"They weren't really doing anything we hadn't seen, hadn't prepared for all week," said the Jayhawks' Bryce Torneden. "It really just came down to little things we were doing to ourselves. Kind of self-inflicted wounds."

THE TAKEAWAY

West Virginia was abysmal on its last road trip, losing 38-7 to Missouri. But the Mountaineers bounced back to spank North Carolina State last weekend and are flying high entering a week off.

Kansas was trying to build on its win in Chestnut Hill, but two turnovers and the penalty on the onside kick cost valuable possessions. Might have cost its best chance to win a Big 12 game, too.

UP NEXT

West Virginia has a week off before Texas visits Morgantown.

Kansas has a morning kickoff against TCU next Saturday.

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Passing

WVU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Kendall 37 25 67.6 0 202 18 0 81.1
Kans Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Stanley 25 19 76.0 3 275 75 1 134.2

Rushing

WVU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. McKoy 20 73 3.6 15 1
L. Brown 12 70 5.8 30 0
Kans Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
P. Williams Jr. 15 76 5.1 17 0
C. Stanley 8 39 4.9 19 0

Receiving

WVU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Simmons 4 46 11.5 18 0
K. McKoy 5 44 8.8 15 0
Kans Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Parchment 5 132 26.4 75 2
D. Charlot 4 52 13.0 19 0

Fumbles

Kans F FL
C. Stanley 1 1

Returning

WVU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
S. James 2 19.0 0 20 0 - 0 0
A. Sinkfield 0 - 0 0 1 16.0 0 16
Kans KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Horne 2 18.5 0 20 0 - 0 0

Punting

WVU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Growden 4 164 41.0 50
Kans Punt Yds Avg LgPu
K. Thompson 5 191 38.2 49

Takeaways

WVU Int Yds InTD
K. Washington Jr. 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

WVU Kans
Points For 29 24
Total Yards 394 417
Rushing Yards 192 142
Passing Yards 202 275
Passing Completions / Attempts 25/37 19/26
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 25 20
Penalties - Yards 5/41 4/45
Time Of Possession 41:41 19:19
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 9/18 4/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 4/41 5/38

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter WVU Kans
WVU 7:23 TD Kennedy McKoy 3 yd run (Evan Staley kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter WVU Kans
Kans 2:54 TD Kwamie Lassiter II 28 yd pass from Carter Stanley (Liam Jones kick) 7 7
WVU 15:00 FG Evan Staley 37 yd FG 10 7
3rd Quarter WVU Kans
WVU 4:29 TD Martell Pettaway 23 yd run (Evan Staley kick) 17 7
Kans 8:54 FG Liam Jones 23 yd FG 17 10
WVU 10:40 FG Evan Staley 44 yd FG 20 10
Kans 10:52 TD Andrew Parchment 75 yd pass from Carter Stanley (Liam Jones kick) 20 17
4th Quarter WVU Kans
WVU 2:25 FG Evan Staley 22 yd FG 23 17
WVU 9:56 TD Martell Pettaway 7 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 29 17
Kans 12:50 TD Andrew Parchment 3 yd pass from Carter Stanley (Liam Jones kick) 29 24

Game Information

Stadium: Kivisto Field at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kansas
Attendance: 35,816
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