The 129th season of West Virginia football is moments away from kicking off at Milan Puskar Stadium as the Mountaineers host Eastern Kentucky. The action kicks off at noon ET on FOX Sports 1.
11 Mountaineers are suspended for this contest. Freshman wide receiver Reese Smith will get the start to replace TJ Simmons and Isaiah Esdale, freshman center Zach Frazier will start at center in place of Chase Behrndt and sophomore Graeson Maleshevich will start at left tackle in Junior Uzebu’s spot.
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WVU’s captains: QB Jarret Doege, RB Leddie Brown, DE Jeffery Pooler, S Dante Bonamico
FINAL: Mountaineers take the victory over Eastern Kentucky, 56-10.
2:00: TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (56-7) – Tony Mathis caps off the lengthy and time-consuming drive with a 3-yard punch into the end zone. That’s his first score of the season, and it caps off a 96-yard drive — WVU’s longest of the game.
4:19: Greene has the WVU offense moving with three completions and 26 yards on the ground. The Mountaineers have gained 72 yards on this drive, chewing over five minutes right off the clock. EKU gets flagged, and Allante Leaphart is disqualified for targeting.
9:18: West Virginia again forces another negative drive for Eastern Kentucky, getting a punt on fourth down. They start their drive on their own 4.
11:27: Four rushes from Tony Mathis aren’t enough for a WVU first down. They turn it over on downs, giving EKU the ball on the 50.
13:30: Akheem Mesidor’s sack on third down stops EKU’s drive before they can get a gain in, forcing them to punt. WVU starts their drive on their own 41.
END 3Q: EKU has the ball to start the final period of play as they trail West Virginia 49-10.
:04: West Virginia chews a significant 6 minutes and 29 seconds off the clock and get the ball in the red zone, but Evan Staley is unable to make the 25-yarder. Tony Mathis Jr. had nine carries on the drive, while Austin Kendall got a massive completion to Graeson Malashevich. EKU starts on their own 20.
6:36: Jared Bartlett gets a sack and a tackle for loss as WVU forces yet another three-and-out. WVU will start on their own 36.
8:07: TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (49-10) – Alec Sinkfield gets another score to cap off a big drive for the redshirt junior, which ended on his 13-yard rush to the end zone. The full drive lasted 13 plays and 75 yards, including nine gives to Sinkfield, who is now tied with Brown with 123 yards on the ground. Staley hits the PAT.
9:17: West Virginia gets away with one. The review showed that Sinkfield was down, and WVU will get the ball on the EKU 29, 1st and 10.
9:17: It appears West Virginia just committed their first turnover of 2020. Alec Sinkfield was the workhorse on this drive, getting the called run on six of WVU’s seven plays — but on the sixth carry, he fumbles and it’s recovered by EKU. The play is under review, but if it stands EKU will begin on their own 22.
12:16: West Virginia starts on their own 25.
12:16: FIELD GOAL EASTERN KENTUCKY (42-10) – The Colonels start the half with a 60-yard drive, but are only able to muster a field goal. McKinney is able to get some big plays, but otherwise struggles to find a completion in this drive.
EKU starts with the ball on their own 25.
END FIRST HALF: West Virginia holds a significant 42-7 lead.
:31: TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (42-7) – The Mountaineers sneak one more score in before hitting the locker room for halftime as Doege finds Bryce Ford-Wheaton in the end zone. That’s Doege’s third score of the game, and Ford-Wheaton’s first.
1:42: Eastern Kentucky is forced to go three-and-out once again, and West Virginia will start their drive on the EKU 42. Sinkfield was on the return and was able to scrape through for 11 yards.
2:33: TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (35-7) – Leddie Brown adds his third touchdown of the day on an 8 yard score, ending a short WVU drive. He has 138 all-purpose yards and 3 total touchdowns on the day so far.
3:39: PICKED OFF! Alonzo Addae grabs his first interception of the season to halt the EKU drive at just 9 yards. WVU starts on their own 42.
5:17: West Virginia is unable to capitalize on a 1st down pass interference penalty and are forced to punt. Doege goes 1-for-3 in the drive with a completion to Sam Brown for 5 yards. EKU gets a touchback after Tyler Sumpter’s punt lands right in front of the goal line but doesn’t kick back quite enough.
6:28: An EKU three-and-out puts West Virginia on their own 26. So far, the Colonels have mustered 77 total yards — 51 of which come through the air by way of Parker McKinney.
8:22: TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (28-7) – Doege leads the Mountaineers with a vengeance, alternating between hand-offs to Alec Sinkfield and throws to Sam James. Ultimately, Sinkfield would be the one to punch it in for 8 yards, capping off the 6-play, 75-yard drive.
10:49: TOUCHDOWN EASTERN KENTUCKY (21-7) – The Colonel offense find sits groove and answers quickly. They run the ball with the bruising back Alonzo Booth three times before giving the ball to QB Parker McKinney thrice as well, finding Keyion Dixon on a 2nd and 9 for the 28-yard score. Alexander Woznick makes the PAT.
12:59: TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (21-0) – Three rushing gains set up an easy connection between Doege and Sam James for the sophomore’s first touchdown catch of the season. Staley nails the PAT, putting WVU up 21-0.
END 1Q: The Colonels are able to move the ball, but a third down sack by VanDarius Cowan knocks them back six yards for a fourth-and-16 situation on their own 13.
2:39: A false start penalty knocks the Mountaineers back five yards, keeping them behind the first down marker on this drive. They punt and are able to down it at the one yard line — EKU has a lot of turf to cover.
4:07: EKU threatened the sticks once again, but a false start penalty knocks them back. They punt, and Alec Sinkfield muffs it — but WVU recovers it and starts their drive on their own 40 yard line.
6:12: EKU’s Davion Ross takes the kickoff all the way back to the house — BUT, it’s called back for a holding penalty. WVU re-kicks it and pins the Colonels on their 18 yard line on the second time around.
6:23: TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (14-0) – Leddie Brown caps off an 11-play, 80-yard drive with a 20-yard reception on a flare route to the left, pushing in for the score. Jarret Doege goes 7-for-8 on the drive, adding 60 passing yards to his first-quarter total, which is now at 104. Staley drills the PAT.
11:29: EKU gets three positive plays to start their game offensively, but they are stopped short of the sticks, so they punt. Alec Sinkfield calls for the fair catch at the WVU 20 yard line, WVU starts with 1st and 10.
13:22: The Colonels will begin on their 26.
13:28: TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (7-0) – Leddie Brown punches it in from 10 yards out with ease, and Staley makes the extra point.
13:42: The West Virginia offense is rolling. Leddie Brown starts the game off with a 38-yard run up the left sideline, and Jarret Doege follows it up with completions to Sam Brown and Bryce Ford-Wheaton to get in the red zone. In just three plays, WVU has picked up 72 yards.
West Virginia will receive to start the contest.