After a season-opening defeat, West Virginia has an opportunity to regroup Saturday when FCS opponent Duquesne visits Morgantown, W.Va.
The Mountaineers (0-1) misplaced 38-15 to No. 7 Penn State final weekend, once they transformed solely 4 of 14 third downs and have been outgained 478-308 general.
“We have been going to put it on the road. (The Nittany Lions) made some explosive performs,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown mentioned. “We had some alternatives. We did not make the performs, they usually made them.”
Mountaineers quarterback Garrett Greene accomplished 16 of 27 passes for 162 yards and not using a landing or an interception. He did have a dashing rating amongst his 71 floor yards on 15 carries. Working again CJ Donaldson Jr. rushed 18 occasions for 81 yards and one other landing.
Nonetheless, West Virginia’s protection continued to show a disturbing development, displaying little enchancment after permitting not less than 31 factors in all seven of its losses final season.
Penn State averaged 11.1 yards per move try in opposition to the Mountaineers, however Brown is not shedding any religion in his gifted bunch.
“I am zero discouraged with our guys,” Brown mentioned, including that he “thought our guys dealt with the weather. They competed.”
Duquesne (1-0) opened its season with an intensive 49-7 victory over Division II foe Edinboro. The Dukes pressured 5 turnovers, together with 4 within the opening quarter, highlighted by Ayden Garnes’ pick-six on the second play of the competition.
Darius Perrantes handed for 2 touchdowns and ran for one more within the first half as Duquesne constructed a 35-0 lead.
“Coming off final season, the fellows knew we needed to actually dial in and handle the little issues, and I assumed that confirmed at this time,” mentioned coach Jerry Schmitt, whose workforce went 4-7 in 2022.
Saturday will mark the start of a 4 straight street video games for Duquesne — its longest stretch away from house since 1990. The Dukes are 1-6 all-time in opposition to FBS opponents, together with defeats to Florida State (47-7) and Hawaii (24-14) final season.
—Subject Degree Media