GAMEDAY College Football

West Virginia 66, Long Island 0

Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Jarret Doege threw three touchdown passes, Winston Wright returned a kickoff for another score and West Virginia beat Long Island 66-0.

The Mountaineers (1-1) bounced back from a dull effort last week at Maryland with 542 yards of offense against a Championship Subdivision team with back-to-back games looming against ranked opponents.

Leddie Brown and backup quarterback Garrett Greene each ran for two scores for West Virginia, which got TDs on seven of its first eight possessions.

It marked the most points scored by the Mountaineers since they beat Baylor 70-63 in 2012.

West Virginia coach Neal Brown complained a few weeks ago about how college teams don't have the luxury that NFL and high school teams do in the preseason by scrimmaging other teams.

Saturday might have been the next closest thing.

"One thing I was proud of our team of, we played quality football," Brown said. "It wasn't sloppy."

Doege threw scoring tosses of 39 yards to Sean Ryan and 18 and 15 yards to Sam James. James' second TD catch came after Sean Martin recovered a fumble at the Long Island 21.

Wright, who had a school-record 217 yards in kickoff returns last week, made good on his only chance Saturday, returning the opening kick 90 yards for a touchdown.

West Virginia was methodical in its approach. While they were helped by several short punts, the Mountaineers had to work for some of their scores, needing 11 plays or more on three touchdown drives.

Doege converted a fourth-down pass to keep alive a 14-play drive in the first quarter, and Greene directed a 13-play TD drive in the second quarter, which included his 28-yard pass to Isaiah Eskdale on fourth down.

Before 50,911 fans, West Virginia's defense limited Long Island (0-2) to 95 total yards after giving up 496 at Maryland last week. Attendance at WVU home games was severely restricted last season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"You just feel their energy, and it just gives you more energy," said West Virginia defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor.

Long Island interim coach Jonathan Gill said it was difficult to prepare for the speed, size and physical play of a major-college opponent.

"You can practice any way you want," Gill said, "but it's like going to the major leagues."


Scoring Summary
First Quarter LIUWVU
WVU TD 14:49 Winston Wright Jr. 90 yd kick return (Casey Legg kick) 0 7
WVU TD 6:16 Leddie Brown 1 yd run (Casey Legg kick) 0 14
WVU TD 2:18 Leddie Brown 2 yd run (Casey Legg kick) 0 21
Second Quarter LIUWVU
WVU TD 8:58 Garrett Greene 3 yd run (Casey Legg kick) 0 28
WVU TD 3:07 Sam James 18 yd pass from Jarret Doege (Casey Legg kick) 0 35
WVU FG 0:00 Casey Legg 44 yd FG 0 38
Third Quarter LIUWVU
WVU TD 12:34 Sean Ryan 39 yd pass from Jarret Doege (Casey Legg kick) 0 45
WVU TD 11:16 Sam James 15 yd pass from Jarret Doege (Casey Legg kick) 0 52
WVU TD 5:59 Garrett Greene 13 yd run (Evan Staley kick) 0 59
Fourth Quarter LIUWVU
WVU TD 5:25 A'Varius Sparrow 1 yd run (Evan Staley kick) 0 66
Team Stats
  LIU West Virginia
First downs 9 29
  Rushing 3 14
  Passing 2 14
  Penalty 4 1
3rd Down Efficiency 2-13, 15% 11-16, 69%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 3-5, 60%
Rushes-Yards 31-35 55-198
Passing Yards 60 344
Return Yards 83 100
Completions-Attempts-Int 11-21-0 20-32-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--10 2--15
Punts 10 0
Punts-Average 29.9
Fumbles Lost 1-1 2-1
Penalties - Yards 3-25 6-75
Time of Possession 24:53 35:07
LIU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Orth 11 20 60 0 0
K. Melore 0 1 0 0 0
West Virginia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Doege 14 22 259 3 0
G. Greene 4 7 57 0 0
W. Crowder 2 2 28 0 0
LIU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. DeBique 8 23 2.9 0
D. Wells 2 11 5.5 0
K. Wilson 4 8 2.0 0
S. Paul 5 3 0.6 0
D. Jennings 3 2 0.7 0
R. Conway 2 2 1.0 0
K. Melore 4 -5 -1.3 0
C. Orth 3 -9 -3.0 0
West Virginia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
G. Greene 14 98 7.0 2
J. Johnson Jr. 10 42 4.2 0
L. Brown 15 31 2.1 2
T. Mathis Jr. 7 20 2.9 0
M. Rucker 2 6 3.0 0
A. Sparrow 3 4 1.3 1
S. James 1 0 0.0 0
J. Doege 3 -3 -1.0 0
LIU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Chambers 2 18 9.0 0
D. Eugene 4 14 3.5 0
D. Wells 1 9 9.0 0
O. Glascoe 1 9 9.0 0
T. Oyekanmi 1 7 7.0 0
J. DeBique 1 5 5.0 0
K. Wilson 1 -2 -2.0 0
West Virginia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Ryan 3 77 25.7 1
W. Wright Jr. 3 59 19.7 0
S. James 3 55 18.3 2
B. Ford-Wheaton 3 54 18.0 0
K. Prather 2 33 16.5 0
I. Esdale 1 28 28.0 0
S. Brown 2 16 8.0 0
L. Brown 2 14 7.0 0
P. Fox 1 8 8.0 0
LIU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
West Virginia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
LIU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Hertlein 5 155 31.0
P. Inzerillo 5 144 28.8
West Virginia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
LIU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
West Virginia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Malashevich 2 10 5.0
I. Esdale 1 0 0
LIU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Paul 5 83 16.6
West Virginia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Wright Jr. 1 90 90.0
LIU Missed FG
Player Length
P. Inzerillo 18
West Virginia Missed FG
Player Length




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