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WVU’s offense dominates as Mountaineers roll Bearcats 42-21 on Senior Day

MORGANTOWN — Quarterback Garrett Greene accounted for 364 complete yards and 4 touchdowns and Jahiem White had 279 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns as West Virginia’s offense was dominant in a 42-21 victory over Cincinnati Saturday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Within the first assembly between former Massive East foes since 2011, the Mountaineers (7-4, 5-3 Massive 12) took management of the sport early and ran away with it late. 

The WVU offense put up 634 complete yards, together with 424 speeding yards, and averaged 9.8 yards per play.

“Actually only a dominant efficiency,” WVU head coach Neal Brown mentioned. “The stats communicate for themselves.”

After lacking a 52-yard area aim on the primary possession of the sport, West Virginia took benefit of conservative sport administration by Cincinnati (3-8, 1-7) to construct a sizeable first-half lead.

After Greene scored his first landing of the sport on a three-yard run, Cincinnati twice selected to punt when confronted with fourth-and-short round midfield. The Mountaineers transformed these alternatives into two extra scores, a 75-yard go to White and a 13-yard run by CJ Donaldson, and led 21-0 halfway by way of the second quarter.

Cincinnati’s offense lastly confirmed some life simply earlier than halftime when backup quarterback Brady Lichtenberg led a 75-yard landing drive that ended on main quarterback Emory Jones’s quarterback sneak from one yard out.

WVU’s offense couldn’t be stopped all sport, nevertheless, as Greene led one other landing drive regardless of having no timeouts with simply 1:32 earlier than halftime. 

“I informed (Greene) we’re going to be aggressive, however we’re going to be sensible,” Brown mentioned. “That drive was largely him. He threw two very nice passes to Kole (Taylor) and has had some actually optimistic runs.

In simply 4 performs, WVU scored once more on a 26-yard scramble by Greene to go up 28-7 at halftime.

Two extra scores, an 18-yard run by Greene and a four-yard run by White, boosted WVU’s result in 42-7 coming into the fourth quarter.

Cincinnati scored twice within the remaining body after the sport had already been determined to come back to the 42-21 remaining rating.

The Bearcats entered the sport averaging 223.3 speeding yards per sport however have been held to 153 in opposition to West Virginia.

“We didn’t play anyplace close to our greatest every week in the past,” Brown mentioned of his protection. “For us to come back out and actually for 3 quarters dominant the sport, I feel that speaks to them.”

White, a freshman, received the beginning at working again as Donaldson, the standard starter, took on a smaller function whereas coping with an damage. White continued to impress, working for 204 yards on 21 carries. He had 279 all-purpose yards with a pair of touchdowns.

“I’ve been ready to really present my expertise,” White mentioned. “For me to really begin (Saturday), was an enormous leap for me and I simply needed to indicate the world my expertise.”

Donaldson had 20 yards on 5 carries and scored a landing for the ninth sport in a row.

West Virginia finishes its 2023 residence schedule with a 5-1 report at Milan Puskar Stadium. A dozen gamers have been acknowledged previous to the sport throughout a Senior Day ceremony, together with beginning middle Zach Frazier, linebacker Lee Kpogba and cornerback Beanie Bishop Jr.

Don Nehlen, the winningest coach in WVU historical past, was honored after the primary quarter as his identify was added to the Diversified Vitality Terrace alongside WVU’s six retired numbers.

“I feel it was solely becoming that his first sport as a head coach at West Virginia was in opposition to Cincinnati after which he will get immortalized within the stadium in a sport we win convincingly versus Cincinnati,” Brown mentioned of Nehlen. “We had a bit of bit of additional strain on us to win (Saturday) with him getting honors, however I’m glad we might get it carried out…I’m simply glad he received to take pleasure in that.”

WVU will shut out the common season with a sport at Baylor subsequent Saturday.