Make it two impressive weeks in a row for WVU football. The Mountaineers defeated No. 22 Iowa State last Saturday to get the team back to 4-4 overall for the season.
While this contest was close the entire time, WVU earned the victory with a tremendous fourth quarter. It outscored ISU 14-0 in the final frame and provided the fans in Morgantown with a 38-31 win.
Of course, this was a great result for those who bet on the Mountaineers at West Virginia sportsbooks. They were receiving about +7 in the point spread, with a moneyline hovering around +225.
Those who were confident enough to put some action down on them winning outright saw a quality payout.
A big part of this game was the performance of the offense. They scored more than 30 points for just the second time this year.
Both Jarret Doege and Leddie Brown had incredible showings. Doege passed for 370 yards on 65% efficiency, while Brown exceeded the century mark in rushing yards on just 22 carries.
They combined for all five WVU touchdowns.
This was a massive result for head coach Neal Brown and company; however, the schedule doesn’t get any easier. The Mountaineers welcome No. 11 Oklahoma State to town this week looking for another upset.
Let’s take a more in-depth look at last week’s triumph and preview Saturday’s matchup with the Cowboys.
Mountaineers Beat ISU
It was a back-and-forth opening half that saw each team score in very different ways.
Iowa State produced the game’s first touchdown after just three offensive plays. Running back Breece Hall took his second carry of the afternoon 70 yards into the end zone.
On the next possession, WVU took the more cautious approach that featured several underneath passes. Brown capped off a 12-play drive that went 75 yards with his first score of the day.
Following a punt from both sides, this same process basically repeated.
The Cyclones struck on the first play to take the lead back. Quarterback Brock Purdy hit Tarique Milton for 68 yards and a touchdown for more quick points.
WVU responded with a quality long drive that tied things back up. It moved another 75 yards in nine plays that concluded with a 20-yard Bryce Ford-Wheaton touchdown grab.
ISU broke the halftime tie with a pick-six from linebacker Jake Hummel.
Doege and the offense answered again the next time they touched the ball. The Mountaineers scored instantly thanks to two crucial passing plays.
The QB connected on a 35-yard pass to Winston Wright Jr., then for 23 more yards to Ford-Wheaton for the score.
Both teams traded a few more scoring drives, but the play of the game occurred with about six minutes remaining.
With Iowa State going in for the tying touchdown, Hall fumbled just prior to crossing the goal line. A video review confirmed the call on the field, and WVU took over at its own 20.
The Cyclones did get one more opportunity with just around four minutes left on the clock. They reached as far as WVU’s 25-yard line but ran out of time and downs.
This was a solid win for the Mountaineers and their second straight since the bye week.
Although the defense surrendered plenty of points, Josh Chandler-Semedo paced everyone again with 12 total tackles. Dante Stills added a sack, and safety Alonzo Addae recovered the vital fumble.
WVU Football Vs. Oklahoma State Preview
WVU is hoping that it can transition this positive momentum to this weekend when it faces a talented OSU.
The Cowboys own a 7-1 record for the season and currently sit in second place in the Big 12 behind only Oklahoma.
A good sign for WVU is Oklahoma State just lost to the Cyclones two weeks ago. ISU won 24-21 on its home field.
The bad news for the Mountaineers is that it seems the Cowboys figured it out a week ago. They beat down Kansas by a score of 55-3.
Their offensive attack is led by dual-threat quarterback Spencer Sanders. He’s recorded over 1,300 passing and about 300 rushing yards thus far.
Senior running back Jaylen Warren might be OSU’s most impactful player on offense, though. He’s averaging 4.9 yards per rush this season and has 850 yards in eight tilts.
On the outside, receiver Tay Martin is Sanders’ top target. He leads the Cowboys in receptions and yards, with 36 for 529.
One of the main reasons OSU holds its 7-1 record is its stellar defense. It ranks first in the conference in points allowed per game, with just 18.
The Cowboys’ defense is also second in the Big 12 in yards per contest, with fewer than 300.
The most points they’ve given up is 24. This happened twice, against Texas and ISU.
Senior linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez is a problem for opposing offenses. He’s posted 77 tackles on the season, which places him in the top 20 in the entire nation.
WVU’s Chandler-Semedo isn’t far behind, with a total of 72 tackles.
Freshman defensive end Collin Oliver causes havoc as well, topping OSU in sacks with 4.5.
WVU Football Odds At WV Sportsbooks
Despite the fact that Oklahoma State has an almost perfect record, it isn’t listed as too big of a favorite at WV online sportsbooks.
It appears that the books have taken notice of the Mountaineers’ play the last couple of weeks.
At DraftKings WV, the home team is receiving +3.5 in the point spread. WVU is available on the moneyline at +145, compared to the Cowboys at -165.
Saturday’s game total is almost identical to last week’s. The online sportsbook shows it at 49 points right now.
Since WVU continues to take advantage of favorable first-half lines, we’ll keep posting them.
This weekend’s odds are extremely tight. Bettors can take WVU getting +1.5 in the spread or its moneyline at +120 for the opening two quarters. OSU is available with odds of -140.
DraftKings always offers a bunch of additional game props. One allows you to decide whether the combined final score of the game will end in an even or odd number.
At the moment, the odd option is shown at -125, whereas even is +105.