The Mountaineers took the field again on Saturday against the Youngstown State Penguins, which resulted in a 38-21 victory for West Virginia.
With Youngstown State being an FCS school, I’m sure everyone thought this was going to be somewhat of a blowout for the EERs. However, the Penguins wanted to prove themselves, and at first they were doing a great job of that, especially with an early game interception.
After a slow start for both offenses, WVU opened up the scoring with a huge play at the end of the first quarter. Skylar Howard’s pass to Ka’Raun White gave us some flashbacks to 2 years ago and it was a great feeling.
The Penguins were able to shake it off and put together 2 long drives in the beginning of the second quarter, taking the lead by 7.
The half concluded with a tie ball game after another huge play from Skylar to Shelton Gibson. The tie at the half did not feel too assuring but the Mountaineers never lost faith.
After halftime, the Mountaineers were ready to take back the game and prepare us for Country Roads. WVU dominated the third quarter on both sides of the field, relieving some pressure for all of us.
Skylar had a career game high with 5 touchdown passes and dialing in the long ball accuracy.
What can we take away from this game?
The Mountaineers offense and defense have the potential to do great things this season. The offense putting up 624 yards is something to be proud of, and the defense putting constant pressure on the quarterback will only lead to lots of success for this team.
With the Mountaineers having a weekend off, they have plenty of time to fine-tune their mistakes and be ready to take on a tough BYU defense.
If the offense starts out fast, and the defense continues to dominate, I see a very talented WVU team start the season off 3-0.
As always, Let’s Go Mountaineers!