Mountaineers knock down Towson for first win of 2022
2-1 , 0-0
1-2 , 0-1
1-2 , 0-1
Game recap: Soccer | | John Antonik
MORGANTOWN, WV — West Virginia scored touchdowns on six of its seven offensive possessions in the first half, threw a field goal in the other, and earned a 65-7 win over Towson here at the stadium. sunny by Milan Puskar. afternoon.
Six of West Virginia’s nine touchdowns today were on the ground, its most since scoring seven in a 66-21 win over Connecticut on Nov. 24, 2007.
‘Proud of our guys’, West Virginia coach Neal Brown said this afternoon. “It would have been a good game for us for an opener, but this is game three; we had a lot of guys in the game and now we have a short week to prepare for another big game on Thursday night. at Virginia Tech.”
The Mountaineers will face a Hokie team that is coming off a 27-7 win over Wofford earlier today at Blacksburg to move to 2-1 this season. Virginia Tech eliminated Boston College last week after dropping to Old Dominion to start the season.
Here in Morgantown, quarterback JT Daniels completed 16 of 24 pass attempts for 174 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown for Kaden Prather on the opening possession of the game, before giving way to the backup Garrett Greene with 1:31 left in the second quarter and WVU leading 38-7.
Greene led West Virginia into the end zone on that possession as well as on their third-quarter opener when he walked the Mountaineers 73 yards to the Tiger 11 before taking it from there.
The second player’s two-possession stat line included 59 rushing yards and 45 passing yards.
Number three quarterback Goose Crowder got the Mountaineers into the end zone once he entered the game late in the third quarter.
That 13-play, 68-yard drive ended with 11:12 remaining in the game when Crowder completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to a slide Jeremy Aaron. The score was established by by Reese Smith fantastic catch up on the near sideline two games before which put the football at Tiger 1.
The Mountaineers finished the afternoon with a real freshman quarterback Nicolas Marchiol under the center. It took the Denver resident seven plays in his mountaineering career to throw his first touchdown pass, a nice 26-yard pass to Preston Fox which Fox snagged before coming out from behind the end zone.
That score with 4:42 left put West Virginia ahead 65-7 after Parker Grothaus’ conversion shot.
“These types of games are important to the morale of your football team,” Brown explained. “We were able to replace about three quarters in the second quarter and we went up against a lot of guys.
“There are probably guys who showed up in the third and fourth quarters who put stuff on the movie that might warrant more playing time,” Brown added.
Towson (2-1) didn’t register his first initial down until 2:15 left in the second quarter and his only first-half points were the result of D’Ago’s 96-yard kickoff return Hunter immediately after Prather’s score. In fact, WVU’s kickoff team had their only penalty of the first half when they were flagged for a personal foul as they tackled Hunter on his 13-yard return.
“I’m really disappointed with our kickoff,” Brown said.
Freshman CJ Donaldson continued his stellar early-season run with three first-half touchdowns, including a fine 82-yard outburst on the far sideline that was aided by the field block in the air of Prather who eliminated two defenders.
Donaldson carried once for 4 yards on WVU’s first offensive possession in the third quarter to eclipse the 100-yard mark for the second time in three games, with the Miami native finishing with 101 yards on just nine attempts.
Donaldson’s three-game rushing totals now show 274 yards, six touchdowns and an impressive 9.4 yards per carry.
Tony Mathis Jr., who reached the end zone twice in the first half, got six carries in the third quarter before removing his shoulder pads. His afternoon work showed 104 yards on 17 attempts.
“I bring the speed and CJ brings the power,” Mathis said.
Prather was WVU’s leading wide receiver with six for 51 yards. Bryce Ford Wheatonwho entered today’s game with a team-best 20 receptions for 249 yards and three touchdowns, finished with four catches for 47 yards.
West Virginia (1-2) had 624 total yards, 316 rushing and averaged 7.3 yards per play from scrimmage.
WVU’s four quarterbacks combined to complete 27 of 40 attempts for 308 yards and three touchdowns for Graham Harrelthe offence.
A Mountaineer defense that came on this afternoon giving up an average of 401.5 yards and allowing opponents a 59 percent completion rate on third down was significantly better today. Towson finished with 180 total yards, including just 56 yards on 22 plays in the first half against West Virginia’s No. 1 defense. The Tigers were just 3 of 14 on third down.
substitute linebacker Caden Biser came with today’s only turnover when he recovered quarterback Scott Smith III’s fumble late in the third quarter.
“I think the defense had a good rebound game,” Brown noted. “We really pushed them this week in training, and we trained physically on that side of the ball.”
A crowd of 50,703 has been announced for today’s game.
Towson was making his first appearance at Milan’s Puskar Stadium since a 54-0 loss to the Mountaineers in 2014.