Morgantown, WV – To kick off the 2018 season the West Virginia Mountaineers through a huge party in the endzone defeating the visiting Youngstown State Penguins 52-17.
The crowd at Milan Puskar Stadium saw quarterback Will Grier slice the Penguins for four touchdowns and didn’t even hit FBS leader last year David Sills.
Grier threw for 332 yards completing 21 of 26 pass with one of his favorite target today being senior Gary Jennings Jr who caught three of the touchdowns.
“We gave him so much crap last year for only having one touchdown,” said WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen, “It was good to see him get in the end zone.”
The Mountaineers kept the defense guessing all game if they were going to run or pass. They used a committee of back to carry the ball into the endzone three times amasking 289 yards.
Freshman Leddie Brown was the lead rusher with 115 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown. Fellow freshman Alec Sinkfield was also invited to the end zone party for his first in his career.
“Glad this week is over,” said WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen, “Coming off that big win last week [Tennessee], we talked about respecting our opponent, which I think we did. Just glad to be 2-0.”
Youngstown State lead by Montgomery VanGorder was only able to gain 293 total yards compared to West Virginia 625 total yards. VanGorder threw for 157 yards and one touchdown to Tevin McCaster.
On defense, Chrispin Lee registered a career-high 15 tackles while Will Latham had eight tackles and one interception.
This team loaded with weapons will have a season to look forward to who going to have the hot hand from week to week.
West Virginia University will next play at North Carolina State, 2-0, on Saturday.