WVU football got a win last weekend, but it didn’t make things easy. The Mountaineers actually fell behind the winless Kansas Jayhawks by 10 points before turning things around and earning their third victory of the season by a score of 38-17.
The slow start may have cost the local WV sports betting crowd, however. Depending on when you wagered on the game, the Mountaineers were giving around 22 points in the spread at West Virginia sportsbooks.
The betting line moved down to 21 at some sportsbooks leading up to the game, so it’s possible your WVU bet resulted in a push.
Regardless of the possible bad beat for supporters, the win was necessary for the Mountaineers. The team is now 3-1 and right in the mix at the top of the Big 12 Conference.
After falling behind early, WVU outscored Kansas 38-7 the rest of the way.
Junior running back Leddie Brown exploded offensively, while the defense might have played its best game of the year.
Brown carried the ball 18 times for 195 yards and a touchdown, including an 87-yard score in the third quarter. He was also a factor in the passing game.
Brown tied for the team-high in receptions with five and totaled 36 more yards along with another score. His 231 yards from scrimmage accounted for about 42% of the total offense.
The Mountaineers’ defense should receive its fair share of praise, as well. It surrendered just 157 yards and seven first downs over the course of the afternoon.
Coach Neal Brown’s defense also forced two turnovers.
This week, WVU goes on the road to take on Texas Tech. Although this game shouldn’t be as easy as their last, the Mountaineers are favored to get their fourth win.
Let’s examine their latest triumph more closely and preview the Mountaineers’ upcoming matchup with Texas Tech.
WVU football moves to 3-1
WVU got on the scoreboard when Bryce Ford-Wheaton caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Jarret Doege. From there, the Mountaineers didn’t look back.
They outscored KU by 10 points in the second quarter to take the lead before halftime.
The offense leaned heavily on Brown the entire touchdown drive. The running back gained 67 of the 91 yards during the 10-play possession.
Brown’s 87-yard strike was the only score of the third quarter, so WVU felt comfortable entering the final frame.
It added two more touchdowns to go up by 28 points before Kansas got one back late.
Sophomore Sam James caught an eight-yard touchdown pass, then junior Alec Sinkfield ran in another score from four yards out.
Unfortunately for WVU backers, the team proceeded to give up a 92-yard return on the following kickoff.
If you bet on the Mountaineers during the week, the 21-point margin probably wasn’t good enough.
The positive news is that they are playing well and could be looking at another victory this Saturday.
It will be important for them to continue the momentum they built in the last three quarters against KU.
Of course, quarterback play has a lot to do with that. So far this year, Doege has answered the call.
Although his efficiency was down this week, the quarterback threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. If he can duplicate these kinds of numbers, the Mountaineers will prove to be very difficult to beat.
The defense has been amazing, too.
Freshman Akheem Mesidor and senior Jeffery Pooler Jr. recorded six total tackles, as well as two sacks each.
Defensive back Alonzo Addae and lineman Darius Stills were responsible for the Mountaineers’ two turnovers with an interception apiece.
Mountaineers vs. Red Raiders preview
This Saturday, WVU will travel to Lubbock to battle the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech has struggled so far in 2020, currently sitting near the bottom of the conference with a 1-3 record.
The Red Raiders have lost all three of their Big 12 games.
While their seven-point loss to Texas in their second game seemed like a decent result, it might not have been. The Longhorns were considered one of the favorites to win the conference. They’ve since lost twice, however.
Texas Tech then lost on the road the last two weeks to Kansas State and Iowa State.
It opened up the scoring against the 24th-ranked Cyclones with a blocked field goal return, but then didn’t produce offensively at all.
Iowa State scored 31 straight en route to an easy win.
The Red Raiders are back home for this game, and they will also have a new signal caller under center. Junior Henry Colombi will make his first start of the season after transferring from Utah State.
Sophomore Alan Bowman wasn’t getting the job done for the Tech coaches.
Even though his sample size is relatively limited, Colombi has shown some promise. He’s completed over 74% of his passes, with three scores and only one interception.
It’s quite possible he provides a spark to his team just like Doege did for the Mountaineers a year ago.
The quarterback has plenty of quality receiving options on the outside.
Sophomore Erik Ezukanma leads the team with 295 yards and three touchdowns, while junior KeSean Carter is a close second with 215 yards and four scores. They both have 21 receptions through four games.
WVU is favored at sportsbooks, but it should be a very close contest. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Mountaineers have about a 60% chance of winning.
WVU Football Betting Odds
Bettors in the state can use any of these to place a wager on updated futures odds or any individual games.
At the moment, DraftKings Sportsbook shows the following odds for the WVU vs. Texas Tech matchup this weekend:
- WVU -3.5
- Moneyline: -157
- Texas Tech +3.5
- Moneyline: +120
- Over 54.5 (-114)
- Under 54.5 (-106)