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What a wonderful day it was for the great people of West Virginia and Baby Dog of course. West Virginia fans provided one of the best atmospheres at Milan Puskar Stadium in recent memory, and the players provided a show that will not be forgotten for a long while. Lets recap.
1st Quarter: We couldn’t have asked for a better first quarter. The defense set the tone with a stop on the games opening drive and the offense complimented that by following with a Leddie Brown 80 yard touchdown run.
It was also good to see Bryce Ford-Wheaton, who has struggled early, make an incredible touchdown grab on a free lob into the endzone to score the games second touchdown.
2nd Quarter: Again, not much to complain about in the second quarter. Except for one thing. 1st & goal at the 2 yardline… FEED LEDDIE. It was excruciating watching the Mountaineers try to get cute. Give it to Leddie. Just like Bryce Ford-Wheaton, Sam James made an encouraging and clutch catch & run into the endzone.
3rd Quarter: West Virginia was held to just three third quarter points. Thankfully, the defense made big plays. Jackie Matthews, Jared Bartlett, Alonzo Addae, and Dante Stills were clutch pressuring VT QB Braxton Burmeister and only sacrificing seven points.
4th Quarter: As we know from experience, no WVU lead is safe. Yesterday, it was evident. Mountaineer fans went from a 24-7 lead to holding their breath after a Jarett Doege interception set Virginia tech up with an opportunity to win the game. Thankfully, Jackie Matthews made the play on 4th down to seal the game, and Milan Puskar Stadium erupted.
It is fair to conclude the Virginia Tech game recap by saying that Mountaineer fans around the globe woke up extremely happy this morning. And we deserve it. Even though WVU made things stressful, it was a classic that we will never forget.
So, here does WVU go from here? Well, they visit Norman next week for a 7:30 PM ABC Primetime game. What will they have to improve on to make things competitive? The biggest to me is offensive consistency. It’s evident that the Mountaineer defense is legit. They will look good against Oklahoma. The offense has got to be better, and so does the play calling. Jarret Doege has got to improve on the deep ball and the redzone play calling must include plays for Garrett Greene.