NCAAF Game Recap - West Virginia at Kansas State
Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:30 PM EST

LSU
58
Miss
37
F
OHSt
56
Rut
21
F
Wake
3
Clem
52
F
Ala
38
MisSt
7
F
UGA
21
Aub
14
F
Ariz
6
Oreg
34
F
Minn
19
Iowa
23
F
UCLA
3
Utah
49
F
Ind
27
PSU
34
F
Okla
34
Bayl
31
F
Fla
23
Mizzu
6
F
MSU
10
Mich
44
F
Wisc
37
Neb
21
F
Navy
20
ND
52
F
Cin
20
SoFL
17
F
Mem
45
Hou
27
F
NM
9
Boise
42
F
Tex
21
IASt
23
F
Kans
13
OkSt
31
F
E Mi
42
Akr
14
F
WestMI
37
Ohio
34
F OT
NIU
31
Toled
28
F
BGSU
3
MiaOH
44
F
Buff
27
Kent
30
F
UNC
27
Pitt
34
F OT
LaTec
10
Marsh
31
F
Fres
7
SDSU
17
F
Tul
21
Temp
29
F
TCU
33
TxTch
31
F
UMass
6
NW
45
F
AlaSt
12
FlaSt
49
F
VMI
6
Army
47
F
UTEP
10
UAB
37
F
Troy
63
TxSt
27
F
CoCar
27
ArkSt
28
F
ULMon
29
GaSo
51
F
IdSt
10
BYU
42
F
C Mi
45
Ball
44
F
KY
38
Vand
14
F
WVU
24
K St
20
F
VaTec
45
GATec
0
F
(N/A)
28
NMSt
41
F
Hawaii
21
UNLV
7
F
Wyo
21
UtSt
26
F
Syr
49
Duke
6
F
Stan
22
WaSt
49
F
Rice
31
MidTN
28
F
ULLaf
37
SoAl
27
F
SMiss
36
UTSA
17
F
AF
38
ColSt
21
F
App
56
GASt
27
F
AzSt
34
OreSt
35
F
SCar
6
TxAM
30
F
Lou
34
NCSt
20
F
USC
41
Cal
17
F

Nov 16, 2019, 3:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

West Virginia (4-6)

14

0

0

10

24

Kansas State (6-4)

10

3

7

0

20

Doege leads West Virginia to 24-20 upset of K-State
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:15 PM

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) West Virginia coach Neal Brown was staring down the prospects of a six-game losing streak amid his first season in Morgantown, a streak of futility unmatched by the Mountaineers since 1986.

Instead, he walked out of Kansas State with a foundational win for his vast rebuilding effort.

Jarret Doege threw for 234 yards and three scores in place of Austin Kendall, and Hakeem Bailey made the play of the game when he picked off the Wildcats' Skylar Thompson in the closing seconds, allowing the Mountaineers to escape with a 24-20 victory Saturday night.

"This is a huge win. It felt like a long time coming," Brown said. "Kind of been knocking on the door. I really felt like we'd be in a position at some point to win a game that maybe we shouldn't have. This is big for our program, big for our players and I'm proud of our guys."

The Mountaineers (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) hadn't scored more than 17 points in their last four games, prompting the change at quarterback. Doege, who hadn't started since last November when he was still at Bowling Green, responded by throwing all three of his TD passes on crucial third downs.

The biggest? A 50-yard heave on third-and-22 that gave the Mountaineers the lead late.

"I was just thinking, `Get through my progression,"' Doege said, "but I forced out and I saw him wide open and luckily got it off right before I got hit. I didn't know if he caught it until I looked up and saw him in the end zone."

The Wildcats (6-4, 3-4) had plenty of chances to answer, but they turned the ball over on downs and then punted before their final drive. Thompson led them briskly downfield, but his second-down throw floated in the wind whipping out of the south and Bailey outjumped the intended target.

West Virginia then ran out the clock on the win and its five-game losing streak.

"We challenged them hard this week," Brown said, "and the guys that have been in our program for a long time. ... We only get 12 of the these so you have to come to play."

The Wildcats, who almost never altered their look under Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder, donned a throwback uniform to the 1988 with white helmets and script "Cats" across them.

Perhaps they should have chosen a season in which they didn't go 0-11.

Thompson was 24 of 39 for 299 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, and Kansas State had trouble moving the ball all night against a team that allowed 38 points to Texas Tech last week.

The Wildcats ran 32 times but averaged just 3.2 yards per attempt.

"When we struggle to run the ball it affects the rest of the offense," said the Wildcats' James Gilbert, who led the way with 60 yards rushing and a touchdown.

The Mountaineers' season-long growing pains appeared to continue right from the start, when they went three-and-out on offense and gave up a 68-yard TD pass on their first play on defense.

It was hardly a harbinger of the first half.

West Virginia answered with a 75-yard drive, finished off by Doege's touchdown pass to George Campbell. And when the Wildcats answered with a field goal, the Mountaineers reached the end zone again - though not without a bit of help from the officials.

West Virginia was held to a field goal that Casey Legg missed. But the crew ruled the Wildcats' Trey Dishon jumped the gun on the rush, giving the Mountaineers a fresh set of downs. They went nowhere on the first two plays before Campbell hauled in another touchdown pass.

Legg missed another field goal heading into the locker room, and the momentum appeared to have swung the Wildcats' direction in the second half. They opened it with a long, time-consuming touchdown drive to take a 20-14 lead midway through the third quarter.

They were never able to shake loose, though.

Kansas State was forced to punt on each of its next two possessions. Legg drilled a 51-yard field goal after missing a chip-shot late in the first half, and a few minutes later Doege took advantage of a major coverage lapse on third-and-22 to throw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Wheaton.

That turned out to be all the points the Mountaineers needed.

"Obviously a disappointing loss - a game West Virginia deserved," Kansas State coach Chris Klieman said. "They outplayed us and, that being said, we had an opportunity late in the game to almost steal a victory. Disappointed in a number of things but obviously you have to move on."

THE TAKEAWAY

West Virginia was desperate for some kind of spark, so Doege got the call. He was plenty shaky in his first start since last November, but he also made a couple of crucial plays when they mattered.

Kansas State came out flat after a gut-wrenching last-second loss at Texas last week. The Wildcats have now lost two straight after a three-game win streak highlighted by an upset of Oklahoma.

UP NEXT

West Virginia plays its home finale against Oklahoma State next Saturday.

Kansas State visits the Red Raiders for its final road trip next Saturday.

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Passing

WVU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Doege 30 20 66.7 3 234 50 0 123.5
K St Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Thompson 39 24 61.5 1 299 68 2 72.5

Rushing

WVU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Brown 13 62 4.8 19 0
K. McKoy 12 41 3.4 12 0
K St Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Gilbert 13 60 4.6 32 1
J. Brown 7 23 3.3 11 0

Receiving

WVU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
G. Campbell 5 92 18.4 32 2
B. Wheaton 1 50 50.0 50 1
K St Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Schoen 2 84 42.0 68 1
P. Brooks 4 63 15.8 21 0

Fumbles

K St F FL
S. Thompson 1 0

Returning

WVU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
W. Wright 1 19.0 0 19 0 - 0 0
A. Sinkfield 0 - 0 0 1 7.0 0 7
K St KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
P. Brooks 1 11.0 0 11 1 0.0 0 0
J. Youngblood 1 20.0 0 20 0 - 0 0

Punting

WVU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Growden 6 249 41.5 46
K St Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Anctil 4 154 38.5 48

Takeaways

WVU Int Yds InTD
H. Bailey 1 0 0
J. Norwood 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

WVU K St
Points For 24 20
Total Yards 319 421
Rushing Yards 85 122
Passing Yards 234 299
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/30 24/39
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/0
First Downs 17 23
Penalties - Yards 8/70 7/72
Time Of Possession 2:02 58:58
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/12 8/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 6/42 4/38

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter WVU K St
K St 1:23 TD Dalton Schoen 68 yd pass from Skylar Thompson (Blake Lynch kick) 0 7
WVU 3:55 TD George Campbell 19 yd pass from Jarret Doege (Casey Legg kick) 7 7
K St 10:17 FG Blake Lynch 22 yd FG 7 10
WVU 15:00 TD George Campbell 15 yd pass from Jarret Doege (Casey Legg kick) 14 10
2nd Quarter WVU K St
K St 14:17 FG Blake Lynch 33 yd FG 14 13
3rd Quarter WVU K St
K St 7:04 TD James Gilbert 3 yd run (Blake Lynch kick) 14 20
4th Quarter WVU K St
WVU 0:53 FG Casey Legg 51 yd FG 17 20
WVU 3:33 TD Bryce Wheaton 50 yd pass from Jarret Doege (Casey Legg kick) 24 20

Game Information

Stadium: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kansas
Attendance: 46,332
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