By:|Phillip Blackwell:|4.0 Sports Media
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -The Mountaineers almost let one slipped by the wayside, but escaped with a 38-22 win over the Jayhawks in front of 57,419. Quarterback Will Grier threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball. Grier completed 68% of his passes for the contest.
Mountaineers freshman Leddie Brown helped to settle the offense down by gashing the Jayhawks defense when they needed a jolt. Brown longest run of the day was 47 yards on power play but just seemed very comfortable in the backfield behind Grier all game long. Brown finished his day with 11 carries for 107 yards.
WVU (5-0, 3-0 Big 12) has won its first five games for the second time in three seasons. The Mountaineers moved the ball at will but Grier’s decision making in the red zone almost cost them the game.
Grier was intercepted three times in the first half and bad one in the end zone, two of them by cornerback Hasan Defense. Kansas (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) came into the contest leading the Big 12 with eight interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns.
If Kansas coach Beaty (2-4 )this year and 5-37 at KU is let go, it won’t be because of Saturday’s effort. The Jayhawks played better than expected forced West Virginia quarterback Will Grier into numerous mistakes and made him uncomfortable in the pocket.
The Jayhawks was limited to 286 yards of offense but was in the game until late Peyton Bender found Jeremiah Booker with a 35-yard pass in the third quarter and Khalil Herbert, who had a career-high 291 yards rushing against West Virginia last season, followed with a 31-yard TD run to pull the Jayhawks within 21-14.
The Jayhawks turned the ball over on downs in its own territory late in the game, Grier found Sills with a 17-yard TD score with 2:20 left in regulation for a 38-14 lead. Will Grier finished 28 of 41 for 332 yards for the day.
KU freshman Pooka Williams, the Big 12’s leading rusher, was held under 100 yards for the third straight game. He had 12 carries for 65 yards. Peyton Bender finished the contest 16-25 for 191 yards, 2 touchdowns and a pick.