NCAAF Game Recap - Eastern Kentucky at West Virginia
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

Clem
37
Wake
13
F
MoStU
0
Okla
48
F
Duke
13
ND
27
F
UTEP
3
Tex
59
F
Syr
6
UNC
31
F
ULLaf
31
IASt
14
F
UAB
14
MiaFL
31
F
Char
20
App
35
F
ArkSt
35
K St
31
F
E Ky
10
WVU
56
F
ULMon
7
Army
37
F
GATec
16
FlaSt
13
F
UTSA
51
TxSt
48
F(1OT)
Camp
26
GaSo
27
F
APSU
0
Pitt
55
F
Cit
6
SoFL
27
F
Tul
27
SoAl
24
F
HBU
33
TxTch
35
F
W Ky
21
Lou
35
F
CoCar
38
Kans
23
F

West Virginia 56, Eastern Kentucky 10

Sep 12, 2020, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Eastern Kentucky (0-2)

0

7

3

0

10

West Virginia (1-0)

14

28

7

7

56

Doege, RBs shine, West Virginia beats E. Kentucky 56-10
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:43 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Jarrett Doege threw three touchdown passes, Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield gave West Virginia's running game a lift it hadn't seen in quite some time, and the Mountaineers beat Eastern Kentucky 56-10 Saturday.

Brown and Sinkfield both finished with career highs of 123 yards and two rushing TDs in the Mountaineers' season opener. It marked the first time that two West Virginia players went over 100 yards in the same game since the 2017 season.

West Virginia did not have a single 100-yard rusher last season and averaged just 73 yards per game as a team, the third worst in the Bowl Subdivision.

West Virginia overcame the suspension earlier in the day of 11 players for reasons that were undisclosed and not related to the coronavirus pandemic. Ten of those players were on offense, including starters at wide receiver and on the offensive line.

With only family members of the players and essential staff allowed in the stadium due to the pandemic, West Virginia's players fed off of their own energy. The Mountaineers compiled 624 yards of offense against the Championship Subdivision Colonels (0-2).

Brown scored on first-half runs of 10 and 8 yards and caught a 15-yard scoring pass from Doege as the Mountaineers jumped ahead 42-7 at halftime.

Sinkfield's second touchdown run, a 17-yarder in the third quarter, came after his fumble inside the Eastern Kentucky 30 was overturned upon review.

Doege also had TD tosses of 32 yards to Sam James and 8 yards to Bryce Ford-Wheaton. Doege finished 19 of 25 for 228 yards and sat out the second half.

Eastern Kentucky's Parker McKinney went 9 of 17 for 131 yards and one score.

THE TAKEAWAY

Eastern Kentucky: The Colonels will be glad to have a week off to figure out what's gone wrong after being outscored 108-10 in their first two games.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers saw an offensive balance that was missing a year ago. But there are no more chances to work the kinks out or get sorely needed experience for a young roster with the start of the Big 12 season already in view.

UP NEXT

Eastern Kentucky plays its third straight road contest Sept. 26 at The Citadel.

West Virginia has next weekend off before its scheduled Big 12 opener at No. 15 Oklahoma State on Sept. 26.

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Passing

E Ky Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
P. McKinney 17 9 52.9 1 131 47 1 73.4
WVU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Doege 25 19 76.0 3 228 32 0 143.0
A. Kendall 6 3 50.0 0 43 30 0 73.6

Rushing

E Ky Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Booth 7 45 6.4 21 0
K. Cureton 1 16 16.0 16 0
WVU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Brown 10 123 12.3 38 2
A. Sinkfield 15 123 8.2 28 2

Receiving

E Ky Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Booth 1 0 0.0 0 0
K. Dixon 3 53 17.7 28 1
WVU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
S. James 5 72 14.4 32 1
B. Ford-Wheaton 4 67 16.8 26 1

Fumbles

E Ky F FL
P. McKinney 1 0
WVU F FL
A. Sinkfield 1 0

Returning

E Ky KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Ross 5 16.0 0 24 0 - 0 0
Q. Pringle 1 21.0 0 21 0 - 0 0
WVU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Sinkfield 0 - 0 0 5 3.2 0 11
W. Wright Jr. 2 22.5 0 25 0 - 0 0

Punting

E Ky Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Cook 5 198 39.6 45
P. Richards 3 122 40.7 49
WVU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Sumpter 2 110 55.0 56

Takeaways

WVU Int Yds InTD
A. Addae 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

E Ky WVU
Points For 10 56
Total Yards 206 624
Rushing Yards 75 329
Passing Yards 131 295
Passing Completions / Attempts 9/17 25/35
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 1/0
First Downs 9 31
Penalties - Yards 8/65 8/85
Time Of Possession 17:17 43:43
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 1/11 8/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 8/40 2/55

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter E Ky WVU
WVU 1:32 TD Leddie Brown 10 yd run (Evan Staley kick) 0 7
WVU 8:37 TD Leddie Brown 15 yd pass from Jarret Doege (Evan Staley kick) 0 14
2nd Quarter E Ky WVU
WVU 2:01 TD Sam James 32 yd pass from Jarret Doege (Evan Staley kick) 0 21
E Ky 4:11 TD Keyion Dixon 28 yd pass from Parker McKinney (Alexander Woznick kick) 7 21
WVU 6:38 TD Alec Sinkfield 8 yd run (Evan Staley kick) 7 28
WVU 12:27 TD Leddie Brown 8 yd run (Evan Staley kick) 7 35
WVU 14:29 TD Bryce Ford-Wheaton 8 yd pass from Jarret Doege (Evan Staley kick) 7 42
3rd Quarter E Ky WVU
E Ky 2:44 FG Alexander Woznick 32 yd FG 10 42
WVU 6:53 TD Alec Sinkfield 17 yd run (Evan Staley kick) 10 49
4th Quarter E Ky WVU
WVU 13:00 TD Tony Mathis Jr. 3 yd run (Casey Legg kick) 10 56

Game Information

Stadium: Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, West Virginia
Attendance: 976
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