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West Virginia 56, Eastern Kentucky 10

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Jarrett Doege threw three touchdown passes, Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield gave West Virginia's running game a lift it hadn't seen in quite some time, and the Mountaineers beat Eastern Kentucky 56-10 Saturday.

Brown and Sinkfield both finished with career highs of 123 yards and two rushing TDs in the Mountaineers' season opener. It marked the first time that two West Virginia players went over 100 yards in the same game since the 2017 season.

West Virginia did not have a single 100-yard rusher last season and averaged just 73 yards per game as a team, the third worst in the Bowl Subdivision.

West Virginia overcame the suspension earlier in the day of 11 players for reasons that were undisclosed and not related to the coronavirus pandemic. Ten of those players were on offense, including starters at wide receiver and on the offensive line.

With only family members of the players and essential staff allowed in the stadium due to the pandemic, West Virginia's players fed off of their own energy. The Mountaineers compiled 624 yards of offense against the Championship Subdivision Colonels (0-2).

Brown scored on first-half runs of 10 and 8 yards and caught a 15-yard scoring pass from Doege as the Mountaineers jumped ahead 42-7 at halftime.

Sinkfield's second touchdown run, a 17-yarder in the third quarter, came after his fumble inside the Eastern Kentucky 30 was overturned upon review.

Doege also had TD tosses of 32 yards to Sam James and 8 yards to Bryce Ford-Wheaton. Doege finished 19 of 25 for 228 yards and sat out the second half.

Eastern Kentucky's Parker McKinney went 9 of 17 for 131 yards and one score.

THE TAKEAWAY

Eastern Kentucky: The Colonels will be glad to have a week off to figure out what's gone wrong after being outscored 108-10 in their first two games.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers saw an offensive balance that was missing a year ago. But there are no more chances to work the kinks out or get sorely needed experience for a young roster with the start of the Big 12 season already in view.

UP NEXT

Eastern Kentucky plays its third straight road contest Sept. 26 at The Citadel.

West Virginia has next weekend off before its scheduled Big 12 opener at No. 15 Oklahoma State on Sept. 26.

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  Eastern Kentucky West Virginia
First downs 9 31
  Rushing 3 17
  Passing 5 11
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 1-11, 9% 8-13, 62%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 32-75 51-329
Passing Yards 131 295
Return Yards 101 66
Completions-Attempts-Int 9-17-1 25-35-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--21 0-0
Punts 8 2
Punts-Average 40 55
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 8-65 8-85
Time of Possession 24:17 35:43
Eastern Kentucky Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
P. McKinney 9 17 131 1 1
West Virginia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Doege 19 25 228 3 0
A. Kendall 3 6 43 0 0
G. Greene 3 4 24 0 0
Eastern Kentucky Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Booth 7 45 6.4 0
K. Cureton 1 16 16.0 0
T. Dickerson 4 12 3.0 0
J. Hightower 4 7 1.8 0
K. Magloire 3 4 1.3 0
P. McKinney 10 0 0.0 0
J. Jones 2 -2 -1.0 0
D. Allen 1 -7 -7.0 0
West Virginia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Sinkfield 15 123 8.2 2
L. Brown 10 123 12.3 2
T. Mathis Jr. 18 55 3.1 1
G. Greene 5 33 6.6 0
L. Dorr 2 -1 -0.5 0
W. Wright Jr. 1 -4 -4.0 0
Eastern Kentucky Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Dixon 3 53 17.7 1
J. Jones 1 47 47.0 0
J. Sloan 1 23 23.0 0
T. Dickerson 3 8 2.7 0
A. Booth 1 0 0.0
0
West Virginia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. James 5 72 14.4 1
B. Ford-Wheaton 4 67 16.8 1
S. Brown 4 43 10.8 0
R. Smith 4 32 8.0 0
W. Wright Jr. 3 31 10.3 0
G. Malashevich 1 30 30.0 0
L. Brown 1 15 15.0 1
S. Ryan 1 8 8.0 0
C. Finley 1 2 2.0 0
A. Sinkfield 1 -5 -5.0 0
Eastern Kentucky Interceptions
Player Int Yards
West Virginia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. Addae 1 0
Eastern Kentucky Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Cook 5 198 39.6
P. Richards 3 122 40.7
West Virginia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Sumpter 2 110 55.0
Eastern Kentucky Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
West Virginia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Sinkfield 5 16 3.2
G. Malashevich 1 5 5.0
Eastern Kentucky Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Ross 5 80 16.0
Q. Pringle 1 21 21.0
West Virginia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Wright Jr. 2 45 22.5
Eastern Kentucky Missed FG
Player Length
West Virginia Missed FG
Player Length
E. Staley 25


4th Quarter
2nd&7 at EastKy 40 Jeriah Hightower rush to EastKy41 for 1 yard
1st&10 at EastKy 37 Jeriah Hightower rush to EastKy40 for 3 yards
3rd&7 at EastKy 21 Kaymen Cureton rush to EastKy37 for 16 yards
2nd&10 at EastKy 18 Jeriah Hightower rush to EastKy21 for 3 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 18 (1:56) Jeriah Hightower rush to EastKy18 for no gain
Kickoff Casey Legg kicks 64 yards from WVU35 to EastKy1, Davion Ross returns to EastKy18 for 17 yards
Extra Point AttemptWVU 56-10 Casey Legg extra point is GOOD.
2nd&3 at EastKy 3WVU 55-10 Tony Mathis Jr. rush for 3 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at EastKy 10 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to EastKy3 for 7 yards
3rd&1 at EastKy 15 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to EastKy10 for 5 yards
2nd&4 at EastKy 18 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to EastKy15 for 3 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 24 Garrett Greene rush to EastKy18 for 6 yards
Penalty EastKy-Allante Leapheart PENALIZED 15 yards for Ejection for Targeting
3rd&7 at EastKy 38 Lorenzo Dorr rush to EastKy39 for -1 yards
2nd&7 at EastKy 38 Garrett Greene incomplete pass intended for Graeson Malashevich
1st&7 at EastKy 38 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to EastKy38 for no gain
Penalty WVU-Freddie Brown PENALIZED -10 yards for Holding
1st&10 at EastKy 41 Garrett Greene rush to EastKy28 for 13 yards
1st&10 at WVU 48 Garrett Greene pass to Reese Smith to EastKy41 for 11 yards
2nd&8 at WVU 37 Garrett Greene pass to Reese Smith to WVU48 for 11 yards
1st&10 at WVU 35 Garrett Greene pass to Charles Finley to WVU37 for 2 yards
3rd&2 at WVU 32 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to WVU35 for 3 yards
2nd&2 at WVU 32 Lorenzo Dorr rush to WVU32 for no gain
1st&10 at WVU 24 Garrett Greene rush to WVU32 for 8 yards
Penalty EastKy-Jason Betts PENALIZED 15 yards for Personal Foul
1st&10 at WVU 4 (9:18) Garrett Greene rush to WVU9 for 5 yards
4th&13 at EastKy 47 Phillip Richards punts 49 yards to WVU4, Downed
3rd&6 at WVU 46 Dakota Allen sacked at EastKy47 for -7 yards
2nd&10 at WVU 50 Kyeandre Magloire rush to WVU46 for 4 yards
1st&10 at WVU 50 (11:27) Kyeandre Magloire rush to WVU50 for no gain
4th&1 at EastKy 50 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to EastKy50 for no gain
3rd&7 at WVU 44 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to EastKy50 for 6 yards
2nd&9 at WVU 42 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to WVU44 for 2 yards
1st&10 at WVU 41 (13:30) Garrett Greene rush to WVU42 for 1 yard
Penalty WVU-Jackie Matthews PENALIZED -15 yards for Illegal Procedure
4th&15 at EastKy 15 Phillip Richards punts 34 yards to EastKy49, Graeson Malashevich returns to EastKy44 for 5 yards
3rd&10 at EastKy 20 Parker McKinney sacked at EastKy15 for -5 yards
2nd&10 at EastKy 20 Kyeandre Magloire rush to EastKy20 for no gain
3rd Quarter
1st&10 at EastKy 20 (0:04) Parker McKinney pass to Tyris Dickerson to EastKy20 for no gain
4th&8 at EastKy 8 Evan Staley 25 yard field goal is MISSED.
3rd&8 at EastKy 8 Austin Kendall incomplete pass intended for Graeson Malashevich
2nd&7 at EastKy 7 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to EastKy8 for -1 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 10 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to EastKy7 for 3 yards
4th&2 at EastKy 13 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to EastKy10 for 3 yards
3rd&5 at EastKy 16 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to EastKy13 for 3 yards
2nd&7 at EastKy 18 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to EastKy16 for 2 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 21 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to EastKy18 for 3 yards
1st&10 at WVU 49 Austin Kendall pass to Graeson Malashevich to EastKy21 for 30 yards
3rd&1 at WVU 45 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to WVU49 for 4 yards
2nd&9 at WVU 37 Tony Mathis Jr. rush to WVU45 for 8 yards
1st&10 at WVU 36 (6:29) Tony Mathis Jr. rush to WVU37 for 1 yard
Penalty WVU-PENALIZED -10 yards for Holding
4th&18 at EastKy 17 Phillip Richards punts 39 yards to WVU44, Alec Sinkfield returns to WVU46 for 2 yards
3rd&15 at EastKy 20 Parker McKinney sacked at EastKy17 for -3 yards
2nd&15 at EastKy 20 Parker McKinney incomplete pass intended for Matt Wilcox Jr.
1st&10 at EastKy 25 (8:07) Parker McKinney rush to EastKy20 for -5 yards
Kickoff Casey Legg kicks 65 yards from WVU35 to EastKy0, TOUCHBACK.
Extra Point AttemptWVU 49-10 Evan Staley extra point is GOOD.
2nd&10 at EastKy 17WVU 48-10 Alec Sinkfield rush for 17 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at EastKy 17 Austin Kendall incomplete pass intended for Winston Wright Jr.
3rd&1 at EastKy 20 Alec Sinkfield rush to EastKy17 for 3 yards
Penalty WVU-Sean Ryan PENALIZED -10 yards for Holding
3rd&5 at EastKy 24 Alec Sinkfield rush to EastKy10 for 14 yards
2nd&5 at EastKy 24 Austin Kendall incomplete pass intended for Sean Ryan
1st&10 at EastKy 29 Austin Kendall pass to Winston Wright Jr. to EastKy24 for 5 yards
3rd&1 at EastKy 36 Alec Sinkfield rush to EastKy29 for 7 yards
2nd&2 at EastKy 37 Alec Sinkfield rush to EastKy36 for 1 yard
1st&10 at EastKy 45 Austin Kendall pass to Sean Ryan to EastKy37 for 8 yards
2nd&5 at WVU 42 Alec Sinkfield rush to EastKy45 for 13 yards
1st&10 at WVU 37 Alec Sinkfield rush to WVU42 for 5 yards
2nd&2 at WVU 33 Alec Sinkfield rush to WVU37 for 4 yards
1st&10 at WVU 25 (12:16) Alec Sinkfield rush to WVU33 for 8 yards
Kickoff Thomas Cook kicks 65 yards from EastKy35 to WVU0, TOUCHBACK.
4th&12 at WVU 15WVU 42-10 Alexander Woznick 32 yard field goal is GOOD.
3rd&12 at WVU 15 Parker McKinney incomplete pass intended for Matt Wilcox Jr.
2nd&12 at WVU 15 Parker McKinney incomplete pass intended for Jake Sloan
1st&10 at WVU 13 Jacquez Jones rush to WVU15 for -2 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 40 Parker McKinney pass to Jacquez Jones to WVU13 for 47 yards
Penalty WVU-VanDarius Cowan PENALIZED 15 yards for Roughing Passer
2nd&8 at EastKy 27 Alonzo Booth rush to EastKy25 for -2 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 25 (15:00) Parker McKinney rush to EastKy22 for -3 yards. Parker McKinney FUMBLES (FF-VanDarius Cowan), recovered at EastKy27 by Jacquez Jones RETURNED for 0 yards.
Kickoff Casey Legg kicks 65 yards from WVU35 to EastKy0, TOUCHBACK.
2nd Quarter
1st&10 at EastKy 32 Alonzo Booth rush to EastKy34 for 2 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 11 (0:28) Alonzo Booth rush to EastKy32 for 21 yards
Kickoff Evan Staley kicks 65 yards from WVU35 to EastKy0, Davion Ross returns to EastKy11 for 11 yards
Extra Point AttemptWVU 42-7 Evan Staley extra point is GOOD.
3rd&8 at EastKy 8WVU 41-7 Jarret Doege pass to Bryce Ford-Wheaton for 8 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&8 at EastKy 8 Jarret Doege incomplete pass intended for Bryce Ford-Wheaton
1st&9 at EastKy 9 Alec Sinkfield rush to EastKy8 for 1 yard
2nd&9 at EastKy 29 Jarret Doege pass to Bryce Ford-Wheaton to EastKy9 for 20 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 30 Alec Sinkfield rush to EastKy29 for 1 yard
2nd&4 at EastKy 36 Alec Sinkfield rush to EastKy30 for 6 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 42 (1:42) Jarret Doege pass to Reese Smith to EastKy36 for 6 yards
4th&5 at EastKy 20 Thomas Cook punts 33 yards to WVU47, Alec Sinkfield returns to EastKy42 for 11 yards
3rd&5 at EastKy 20 Parker McKinney incomplete pass intended for Alonzo Booth
2nd&5 at EastKy 20 Parker McKinney incomplete pass intended for Tyris Dickerson
1st&10 at EastKy 15 (2:29) Parker McKinney pass to Tyris Dickerson to EastKy20 for 5 yards
Kickoff Evan Staley kicks 65 yards from WVU35 to EastKy0, Davion Ross returns to EastKy15 for 15 yards
Extra Point AttemptWVU 35-7 Evan Staley extra point is GOOD.
1st&8 at EastKy 8WVU 34-7 Leddie Brown rush for 8 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&9 at EastKy 21 Jarret Doege pass to Bryce Ford-Wheaton to EastKy8 for 13 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 22 Leddie Brown rush to EastKy21 for 1 yard
1st&10 at WVU 42 (3:39) Leddie Brown rush to EastKy22 for 36 yards
3rd&16 at EastKy 29 Parker McKinney pass intercepted by Alonzo Addae RETURNED from WVU42 for no gain.
3rd&16 at EastKy 29 West Virginia Mountaineers timeout.
2nd&20 at EastKy 25 Parker McKinney rush to EastKy29 for 4 yards
1st&20 at EastKy 25 Parker McKinney incomplete pass intended for Jacquez Jones
1st&20 at EastKy 25 West Virginia Mountaineers timeout.
1st&15 at EastKy 30 EastKy-Howard Watkins Jr. PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
1st&10 at EastKy 35 EastKy-Payton Collins PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
2nd&5 at EastKy 25 Parker McKinney pass to Keyion Dixon to EastKy35 for 10 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 20 (5:17) Tyris Dickerson rush to EastKy25 for 5 yards
4th&5 at WVU 46 Tyler Sumpter punts 54 yards to EastKy0, TOUCHBACK.
3rd&10 at WVU 41 Jarret Doege pass to Sam Brown to WVU46 for 5 yards
2nd&10 at WVU 41 Jarret Doege incomplete pass intended for Bryce Ford-Wheaton
1st&10 at WVU 41 Jarret Doege incomplete pass intended for Sean Ryan
Penalty (6:28) EastKy-Josh Hayes PENALIZED 15 yards for Pass Interference
Penalty WVU-Tony Mathis Jr. PENALIZED -10 yards for Illegal Block
4th&13 at EastKy 25 Thomas Cook punts 39 yards to WVU36, Alec Sinkfield returns to WVU36 for no gain
3rd&13 at EastKy 25 Parker McKinney incomplete pass intended for Matt Wilcox Jr.
3rd&8 at EastKy 30 EastKy-Payton Collins PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
2nd&10 at EastKy 28 Tyris Dickerson rush to EastKy30 for 2 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 28 (8:16) Jacquez Jones rush to EastKy28 for no gain
Kickoff Evan Staley kicks 61 yards from WVU35 to EastKy4, Davion Ross returns to EastKy28 for 24 yards
Extra Point AttemptWVU 28-7 Evan Staley extra point is GOOD.
2nd&4 at EastKy 8WVU 27-7 Alec Sinkfield rush for 8 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at EastKy 14 Jarret Doege pass to Sam James to EastKy8 for 6 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 42 Alec Sinkfield rush to EastKy14 for 28 yards
1st&10 at WVU 41 Jarret Doege pass to Sam James to EastKy42 for 17 yards
2nd&1 at WVU 34 Alec Sinkfield rush to WVU41 for 7 yards
1st&10 at WVU 25 (10:43) Jarret Doege pass to Sam James to WVU34 for 9 yards
Kickoff Alexander Woznick kicks 60 yards from EastKy35 to WVU5, Winston Wright Jr. returns to WVU25 for 20 yards
Extra Point AttemptWVU 21-7 Alexander Woznick extra point is GOOD.
2nd&9 at WVU 28WVU 21-6 Parker McKinney pass to Keyion Dixon for 28 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at WVU 29 Parker McKinney rush to WVU28 for 1 yard
1st&10 at EastKy 48 Parker McKinney pass to Jake Sloan to WVU29 for 23 yards
2nd&2 at EastKy 33 Alonzo Booth rush to EastKy48 for 15 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 25 (12:59) Alonzo Booth rush to EastKy33 for 8 yards
Kickoff Evan Staley kicks 53 yards from WVU35 to EastKy12, Alonzo Booth Fair Catch
Extra Point AttemptWVU 21-0 Evan Staley extra point is GOOD.
1st&10 at EastKy 32WVU 20-0 Jarret Doege pass to Sam James for 32 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
3rd&7 at EastKy 45 Leddie Brown rush to EastKy32 for 13 yards
2nd&3 at EastKy 41 Winston Wright Jr. rush to EastKy45 for -4 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 48 (14:46) Leddie Brown rush to EastKy41 for 7 yards
4th&16 at EastKy 13 Thomas Cook punts 38 yards to WVU49, Alec Sinkfield returns to EastKy48 for 3 yards
1st Quarter
3rd&10 at EastKy 19 Parker McKinney sacked at EastKy13 for -6 yards
2nd&8 at EastKy 21 Alonzo Booth rush to EastKy19 for -2 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 19 Parker McKinney rush to EastKy21 for 2 yards
2nd&7 at EastKy 4 Parker McKinney pass to Keyion Dixon to EastKy19 for 15 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 1 (2:39) Alonzo Booth rush to EastKy4 for 3 yards
Penalty EastKy-PENALIZED 0 yards for Holding
4th&7 at WVU 43 Tyler Sumpter punts 56 yards to EastKy1, Downed
3rd&7 at WVU 43 Jarret Doege incomplete pass intended for Sam James
3rd&2 at WVU 48 WVU-Briason Mays PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
2nd&10 at WVU 40 Jarret Doege pass to Sam James to WVU48 for 8 yards
1st&10 at WVU 40 (4:07) Jarret Doege incomplete pass intended for Sam James
4th&6 at EastKy 17 Thomas Cook punts 43 yards to WVU40, Alec Sinkfield returns to WVU40 for no gain. Alec Sinkfield FUMBLES, recovered at WVU40 by Alec Sinkfield RETURNED for 0 yards.
4th&1 at EastKy 22 EastKy-Matthew Jackson PENALIZED -5 yards for False Start
3rd&1 at EastKy 22 Tyris Dickerson rush to EastKy22 for no gain
2nd&5 at EastKy 18 Parker McKinney rush to EastKy22 for 4 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 13 (6:08) Tyris Dickerson rush to EastKy18 for 5 yards
Kickoff Evan Staley kicks 65 yards from WVU35 to EastKy0, Davion Ross returns to EastKy13 for 13 yards
Extra Point AttemptWVU 14-0 Evan Staley extra point is GOOD.
2nd&15 at EastKy 15WVU 13-0 Jarret Doege pass to Leddie Brown for 15 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
1st&10 at EastKy 10 Leddie Brown rush to EastKy15 for -5 yards
2nd&15 at EastKy 32 Jarret Doege pass to Sam Brown to EastKy10 for 22 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 27 Jarret Doege pass to Alec Sinkfield to EastKy32 for -5 yards
2nd&6 at EastKy 35 Jarret Doege pass to Sam Brown to EastKy27 for 8 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 39 Jarret Doege pass to Reese Smith to EastKy35 for 4 yards
2nd&10 at WVU 48 Leddie Brown rush to EastKy39 for 13 yards
1st&10 at WVU 48 Jarret Doege incomplete pass intended for Bryce Ford-Wheaton
3rd&6 at WVU 24 Jarret Doege pass to Winston Wright Jr. to WVU48 for 24 yards
2nd&8 at WVU 22 Leddie Brown rush to WVU24 for 2 yards
1st&10 at WVU 20 (11:29) Jarret Doege pass to Winston Wright Jr. to WVU22 for 2 yards
4th&1 at EastKy 35 Thomas Cook punts 45 yards to WVU20, Alec Sinkfield Fair Catch
3rd&4 at EastKy 32 Parker McKinney pass to Tyris Dickerson to EastKy35 for 3 yards
2nd&10 at EastKy 26 Parker McKinney rush to EastKy32 for 6 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 26 (13:22) Parker McKinney pass to Alonzo Booth to EastKy26 for no gain
Kickoff Evan Staley kicks 60 yards from WVU35 to EastKy5, Quentin Pringle returns to EastKy26 for 21 yards
Extra Point AttemptWVU 7-0 Evan Staley extra point is GOOD.
1st&10 at EastKy 10WVU 6-0 Leddie Brown rush for 10 yards for a TOUCHDOWN
2nd&2 at EastKy 36 Jarret Doege pass to Bryce Ford-Wheaton to EastKy10 for 26 yards
1st&10 at EastKy 44 Jarret Doege pass to Sam Brown to EastKy36 for 8 yards
1st&10 at WVU 18 (15:00) Leddie Brown rush to EastKy44 for 38 yards
Penalty WVU-Randy Fields Jr. PENALIZED -10 yards for Holding
Kickoff Alexander Woznick kicks 62 yards from EastKy35 to WVU3, Winston Wright Jr. returns to WVU28 for 25 yards

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September 12, 2020


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