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Manhattan, Kansas – The West Virginia Mountaineers (4-6, 2-5 in the Big 12 Conference) again looked unprepared and outmatched against the Kansas State Wildcats (7-3, 4-3) today, losing 34-17.

West Virginia was down 17-3 at the half and the Mountaineers made a valiant comeback in the second half, but ultimately the early hole they dug themselves was too much to overcome.  With the loss, West Virginia has now lost three consecutive games.

On paper, redshirt senior quarterback Jarret Doege didn’t have a bad game, finishing 27/45 for 260 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.  Senior Leddie Brown led the team with 20 carries for 85 yards on the ground.  Bryce Ford-Wheaton led the Mountaineers in receptions with 5 catches for 67 yards.  Freshman Kaden Prather finally played meaningful minutes and added 4 catches for 60 yards.

West Virginia will be back at home next week Saturday to play the Texas Longhorns (4-5, 2-4) for a noon kickoff at Milan Puskar Stadium.  With today’s loss, the Mountaineers will need to win their final two games – at home next weekend and on the road at Kansas the following weekend – in order to be bowl eligible.

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