On November 16th, 2019, exactly one year ago today, the Jarret Doege era began in Morgantown.
After stumbling to a 3-6 start under Oklahoma transfer quarterback Austin Kendall, Head Coach Neal Brown made the decision to insert Bowing Green transfer quarterback Jarret Doege into the starting lineup. In a less than ideal situation, Doege’s first start for the Mountaineers came against the nationally ranked Kansas State Wildcats. However, Doege, as well as the entire Mountaineer Football team, would defy the odds and bring home a massive victory.
West Virginia would defeat Kansas State, 24-20, and snap a five-game losing streak. Doege would be phenomenal in the matchup, finishing 20-for-30 with 230 yards and 3 touchdowns to no interceptions. His 50-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Ford-Wheaton early in the fourth quarter would prove to be the game-winner.
MAC APPEARANCE! @bgsu transfer QB for @WVUfootball Jarret Doege (@DoegeJarret) finds a WIDE OPEN RS FR Bryce Wheaton (@Brycewheat3) for the touchdown to take the lead in the 4th quarter
He’s trying to be a millionaire, he’s not trying to play around!#WNSFilm pic.twitter.com/NiYnKW8rHl
— Brandon Olsen (@WNS_Brandon) November 19, 2019
Fast forward one year later, and Doege is still the Mountaineers’ starter. He is currently 7-4 as the starting quarterback, and has tossed 21 touchdowns to only 6 interceptions.
All it took was one gutsy decision from Neal Brown to pull his starting quarterback, and he found the perfect signal-caller to begin “The Climb” with.