While they (somewhat) did so, it wasn’t the prettiest.
Will Grier threw three interceptions in the red zone and fumbled the ball once. The bright side? He still completed 68 percent of his passes for 332 yards and four touchdowns.
The Mountaineer defense held the Jayhawks to 289 total yards and recorded two interceptions. David Long led with 10 total tackles, but sophomore Derek Pitts rocked the backfield, causing three of the team’s eight tackles for loss.
“They’re a well-coached, disciplined, hard-working bunch that continues to get better,” said head coach Dana Holgorsen at a Tuesday press conference, “don’t care if they’re 2-3 or 5-0, that doesn’t make any difference to me or our team.”
The Cyclones have struggled offensively due to injury, but Holgorsen says he expects QB Kyle Kemp and RB David Montgomery to line up versus the Mountaineers on Saturday. However, he is prepared to adapt to freshman QB Brock Purdy’s ability to run the ball.
“He runs around a lot better than Kemp does,” he said, “they’re doing a bunch of quarterback run game with Purdy, which is a different challenge for us.”
Holgorsen also spoke highly of WR Hakeem Butler, who he says has made big plays in big games.
“It seems like he’s got more than 18 for 372 and 4 touchdowns,” he said.
Defensively, Holgorsen expects pressure from all angles with an odd stack concept similar to WVU’s. Despite losing three senior safeties, the Cyclones still have a stacked defensive line and two experienced corners.
“They’ll pose a lot of the same problems Kansas did last week, and they’re a quality defense,” Holgorsen said.
The No. 6 Mountaineers face Iowa State on Saturday, Oct. 12. Kickoff is set for 7PM on FS1.
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