West Virginia football has its eyes on a bowl berth as it travels to Kansas to face the Jayhawks in the regular season finale. Kickoff has been pushed back and is set for 7:14 p.m. ET on FS1.
The Mountaineers are coming off a massive win at home over Texas that kept their postseason hopes alive, while eliminating the Longhorns from bowl contention. The Jayhawks also had a massive win over Texas earlier this month, but they are out of the running for a bowl game. Instead, they will look to play spoiler for the Mountaineers.
WVU is without starting linebacker VanDarius Cowan for the finale, as he did not make the trip to Lawrence. Head coach Neal Brown stated earlier this week that Cowan is not injured, but he hasn’t played since his ejection against Kansas State on Nov. 13.
Two injured Mountaineers will be game-time decisions — wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton and linebacker Lance Dixon — after battling injuries during the week.
Stop here for updates as the game unfolds.
TOUCHDOWN KANSAS (34-28) – 1:46: The Kansas offense comes alive, and cuts the lead to just six points after running just five plays. In an odd twist of poetry, Jalon Daniels completes a massive 46-yard pass to Jared Casey, who scored the final points against Texas in the upset. Still, they’ll have to recover an onside kick and score again in order to take this one from WVU.
2:45: Kansas has no timeouts and the ball on its own 32 after the Mountaineers punt.
3:12: ONE MORE FOR THE SENIOR! Josh Chandler-Semedo ends another Kansas drive with his second interception of the night. That should allow the WVU offense to whittle down the clock and seal the victory.
FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (34-21) – 5:53: This drive was all Tony Mathis. With the exception of a fourth down QB sneak by Doege, Neal Brown calls every play for Tony Mathis, starting with a 45-yard dash up the sideline. He’s up to 110 yards on the night, while Leddie Brown has 156.
10:32: PICKED OFF! Kansas was looking threatening for the first drive of the quarter, but Josh Chandler-Semedo put a stop to it in the back of the end zone with an interception. That’s his second career interception, and it comes on his final regular season game as a Mountaineer.
FIELD GOAL WEST VIRGINIA (31-21) – 0:31: The Mountaineers take advantage and eat quite a bit of time off the clock. Casey Legg comes on and extends the lead to two possessions for the first time on the night right before the start of the fourth quarter.
4:42: The Kansas offense has hit a rut. They run six plays, but the WVU defense forces them to stop on downs for the second time tonight. WVU takes over on its own 49.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (28-21) – 8:32: Nine plays, eight rushes for West Virginia, and it ends in seven points. Leddie Brown just took it 44 yards behind some great blocking from his offensive line and receivers to take the lead back for West Virginia. It’s of note, also, that earlier this quarter, Brown hit 1,000 yards for his second straight season.
TOUCHDOWN KANSAS (21-21) – 12:33: After both teams start off with a three-and-out each, Jarret Doege gets the scoring going — for the wrong team. He is picked off by Gavin Potter, who takes it 28 yards to the house. KU goes for two and throws it to their tackle for a trick play to tie it up.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (21-13) – 0:22: West Virginia chunks down the field, starting with a pair of big plays to open the drive both on the ground and through the air. Even though they don’t have any timeouts, it’s easy — they were in the driver’s seat the whole way down, and it’s capped off by a short connection from Doege to Sam James.
1:40: Some stout defense and smart clock management has WVU in good position to try a shot at some more points before the half.
2:19: WVU eats quite a bit of clock, but they don’t do much in 11 plays. The drive ends when Casey Legg can’t connect from 44 yards out — Kansas takes over on its own 27.
TOUCHDOWN KANSAS (14-13) – 7:24: Kansas answers in five plays, and it’s the Longhorn slayer Jared Casey who puts the first touchdown on the board after reeling in a pass from Jalon Daniels without any defenders near him.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (14-6) – 10:08: Winston Wright gets his second straight 14-yard connection from Doege for six points. It took the Mountaineers some extra work to get it in, though — KU broke up some seemingly surefire touchdowns as WVU was in the red zone, plus, a touchdown run by Leddie Brown was called back for a holding call (actually, two, but of course, one had to be declined). Wright has now caught three passes on the night, two of which went for points.
END 1Q: The Mountaineer offense is at work and has the ball in Jayhawk territory as they hold a 7-6 lead after a quarter.
FIELD GOAL KANSAS (7-6) – 2:07: KU puts together its longest play of the drive, with a massive 40-yard connection from Jalon Daniels to Luke Grimm. Save another catch on the next play, that’s about it — the drive stalls as Daryl Porter Jr. breaks up a play in the end zone to force another field goal.
TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA (7-3) – 5:28: WVU marches down the field and answers with a 14-yard score from Jarret Doege to Winston Wright. It takes West Virginia just six plays, starting with a makeup rush from Leddie Brown, then Doege goes 3-for-3 on the drive with some massive plays from his wide receiver corps.
8:20: West Virginia’s defense comes up big. Kansas gets inside the 10 yard line, but try to throw for it on fourth down — the Mountaineers blitz and sack Jalon Daniels for the turnover on downs, and recover some halfway decent field position in the process as they take over on their own 16.
11:10: The Mountaineers suffer their first turnover in two weeks on the first snap of the play. Leddie Brown and Jarret Doege can’t get the transfer on a run-pass option, and Brown fumbles before he even gets to the line — Kansas recovers on the Mountaineer 24 yard line.
FIELD GOAL KANSAS (3-0) – 11:14: Kansas gets some early strikes in the first drive, but all in all, the Mountaineer defense keeps them in front of them. The Jayhawks set up a difficult field goal attempt for Jacob Borcila, who makes from 46 yards out on the left hash. KU goes just 46 yards in eight plays.
Kansas will start with the football to start this one off.