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Looking back, looking ahead as West Virginia earns week off due to Florence

By Staff | Sep 12, 2018

SHEPHERDSTOWN — West Virginia’s third and final non-conference match-up against North Carolina State has been cancelled due to impending weather caused by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, giving the Mountaineers an extra week to prepare for the Big 12 slate.

There was no Penguin Power in Morgantown last Saturday, when the Mountaineers rang up 625 yards of total offense and baffled the visiting Youngstown State, 52-17. Quarterback Will Grier completed 21-of-26 passes for 332 yards and four scores. He had one pass intercepted.

Gary Jennings, Jr. had three scoring catches, and Marcus Simms had eight receptions for 119 yards.

Youngstown State was bruised for 289 rushing yards and 336 passing yards, and couldn’t keep pace with the WVU offense. Lennie Brown had 115 rushing yards, Martell Pettaway contributed 77 yards on 12 carries and Kennedy McKoy added 76 yards on 11 tries. Brown and McKoy scored touchdowns.

Penalties were a concern. West Virginia was flagged 12 times for 114 yards.

As was the case in the opening success against Tennessee, David Long, Jr. was the team’s leading tackler with 10 stops.

Even with victories in the first two games, there is an uneasy feeling in Raleigh. The youth-studded Wolfpack could not put away either team, and was unable to grind minutes off the clock with their ground attack.

Even though its still very early in the season, some Big 12 teams have already shown substantial signs of where they are going.

Iowa State lost to Iowa and scored only three points. Kansas State was literally bullied by Mississippi State. Texas lost to Maryland and barely survived against Tulsa. Texas Tech has surrendered points like they were confetti at a pep rally. Baylor doesn’t appear to be ready to stand against the top-tier teams like Oklahoma, TCU and WVU.

Texas Christian should see what it’s made of this week when Ohio State visits.

Oklahoma State continues to be abrasive to anybody coming into Stillwater, to put blemishes on the orange-painted scenery found everywhere.

Next week, the firing begins between Big 12 brothers.