Kansas State traveled to Morgantown for a big battle with West Virginia football and the Mountaineers shocked the nation’s No. 16 team.
People expected a good game between Kansas State and West Virginia on Saturday afternoon but the Mountaineers had other ideas. They had their way with the Wildcats, 37-10, shocking the Big 12 and making a statement.
Neal Brown took over a down program a year ago and provided some hope. Fast forward to 2020 and the Mountaineers are now 4-2 with a huge win over the No. 16 team in the country.
West Virginia controlled this one from the opening whistle and now Chris Klieman and Co. must go back to the drawing board. Kansas State might be solid, but without Skylar Thompson, its season was flipped upside down.
What did we learn from the Mountaineers’ 27-point win over Kansas State?
3. Defense did what it was supposed to
West Virginia was facing a freshman quarterback in one of his first starts after replacing Skylar Thompson and the Mountaineers did what they were supposed to.
They put pressure on him all afternoon long as he completed just 19-of-37 passes for under 200 yards and a touchdown. Oh, and he had three interceptions. It was ugly.
As if that wasn’t enough, West Virginia swallowed up Kansas State’s run game, holding the Wildcats to just 41 yards on 23 carries. They weren’t on the field for very long as Kansas State ran just 60 plays to West Virginia’s 78.
Overall, West Virginia played a stingy defensive game and that wins games in the Big 12 these days.