Nov. 19—MORGANTOWN — Quarterback Garrett Greene accounted for 364 total yards and four touchdowns and Jahiem White had 279 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns as West Virginia’s offense was dominant in a 42-21 victory over Cincinnati Saturday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium.
In the first meeting between former Big East foes since 2011, the Mountaineers (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) took control of the game early and ran away with it late.
The WVU offense put up 634 total yards, including 424 rushing yards, and averaged 9.8 yards per play.
“Really just a dominant performance, ” WVU head coach Neal Brown said. “The stats speak for themselves.”
After missing a 52-yard field goal on the first possession of the game, West Virginia took advantage of conservative game management by Cincinnati (3-8, 1-7) to build a sizeable first-half lead.
After Greene scored his first touchdown of the game on a three-yard run, Cincinnati twice chose to punt when faced with fourth-and-short around midfield. The Mountaineers converted those opportunities into two more scores, a 75-yard pass to White and a 13-yard run by CJ Donaldson, and led 21-0 midway through the second quarter.
Cincinnati’s offense finally showed some life just before halftime when backup quarterback Brady Lichtenberg led a 75-yard touchdown drive that ended on primary quarterback Emory Jones’s quarterback sneak from one yard out.
WVU’s offense couldn’t be stopped all game, however, as Greene led another touchdown drive despite having no timeouts with just 1:32 before halftime.
“I told (Greene) we’re going to be aggressive, but we’re going to be smart, ” Brown said. “That drive was mostly him. He threw two really nice passes to Kole (Taylor) and has had some really positive runs.
In just four plays, WVU scored again on a 26-yard scramble by Greene to go up 28-7 at halftime.
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Author : The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va.
Publish date : 2023-11-19 05:01:00
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