We are now coming up on three weeks until the Mountaineers are scheduled to take the field against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. When the two collide on September 12th, it is expected that WVU quarterback Jarret Doege will get the nod for the Mountaineers at signal-caller as he has been the presumed starter since leading the team to a 2-1 finish in 2019. While it will be the first time ever the Mountaineers and Colonels have met on the gridiron, Doege has had a run in with the squad from Richmond, Kentucky before.
While at Bowling Green, Doege was the starter when the Falcons welcomed the Colonels to town on September 15, 2018. Though this game would end up being closer than it should have been as the Falcons came away with a 42-35 victory, it was to no fault of Doege’s.
For the game, the future WVU star would finish completing 28 of his 39 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns to only one interception. Not too shabby, even against an FCS foe.
Had it not been for Doege’s performance, the Falcons would have likely suffered the embarrassing defeat to the Colonels. But as we have seen displayed in the Old Gold and Blue, Doege will never let his team go down without fight — and fight he did that sunny September day in 2018.
According to ESPN, his QBR (Quarterback Rating) for the day was only a 53.3, but it was his distribution of wealth that made the performance so impressive. Doege was able to complete passes to seven different receivers, with two of them catching two touchdowns each.
West Virginia is undoubtedly a more talented team than Bowling Green, and Doege will have more to work with in his second outing against the Colonels. Expect much of the same from him on September 12th, and for the Mountaineers to get off on the right foot on their quest of Trusting the Climb in year two of the Neal Brown era.