MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — 10:29 a.m.: Followers at the moment are trickling into Milan Puskar Stadium for the primary time this season as WVU is ready to tackle Kansas at midday. There isn’t a cloud within the sky, however the temperature is making an attempt to interrupt into the 40s because it’s been within the 30s all morning. The athletic division is anticipating 15,000 followers, together with 2,000 college students because the Mountaineers (2-1, 1-1 Massive 12) face a hapless Jayhawks crew (Zero-Three, Zero-2) that might be with out head coach Les Miles. Miles determined to remain in Kansas after testing constructive for COVID-19 final week. There is no such thing as a phrase WVU’s most up-to-date COVID assessments on Friday, however no information is nice information.
11:05 a.m.: The Pleasure of West Virginia is right here, albeit in a smaller type. A pep band model is in attendance, sitting on northwest aspect of the stadium within the decrease bowl. It’s warming up, enjoying the candy tunes of a faculty soccer Saturday.
11:19 a.m.: James Gmiter remains to be out after recovering from COVID-19, so Zach Frazier will get the beginning nod at left guard. Brandon Yates will begin over Junior Uzebu at left deal with for the second-straight recreation, whereas VanDarius Cowan remains to be out at bandit linebacker after struggling an damage three weeks in the past at Oklahoma State. Anticipate some particular groups adjustments, as properly, particularly punter and kickoff.
11:43 a.m.: Followers are making their manner in with 20 minutes to go earlier than kickoff. The music is bumping and followers booed Kansas because the crew went into the locker room for a remaining time. Ah, normalcy.
11:55 a.m.: The Pleasure is doing the whole pregame from the stands, together with Battle Mountaineers, Easy Items, the alma mater, nationwide anthem, Nation Roads and Hail West Virginia. Literal music to my ears.
12:06 p.m.: And we’re off, WVU receives the opening kick and can begin at its personal 33-yard line.
12:08 p.m.: T.J. Simmons with a drive to overlook. Drops what would have a been an enormous play on first down, then makes a catch on third and lengthy however fumbles, recovered by Kansas on the WVU 41.
12:17 p.m.: The Jayhawks get a subject aim off Simmons’ fumble to take a Three-Zero lead. It’s early however this can be a large upcoming drive for WVU’s offense. Seemed very unhealthy on that first one.
12:22 p.m.: And the Mountaineers go Three and out. Terrible begin offensively as KU will begin on the WVU 45 for its second drive.
12:27 p.m.: Two performs, 45 yards, landing Kansas. Nicktroy Fortune tries to seize an interception but it surely deflects off his fingers and into the ready arms of Andrew Parchment for a protracted rating. That is hazard time for the Mountaineers.
12:34 p.m.: One other punt for WVU as WVU has runs of -5, -Three and -5 by way of three drives. The Mountaineers even have two drops that may have been first downs.
12:36 p.m.: Lastly given respectable subject place, the WVU protection forces a punt. A pleasant Alec Sinkfield return units the offense up nice, however a private foul blocking out of bounds name places the ball again to the WVU 41.
12:42 p.m.: Jarret Doege has been getting hit all day, however when he lastly eliminates the ball early, he hits Bryce Ford-Wheaton for a 33-yard landing for the Mountaineers’ first rating of the sport. KU nonetheless leads 10-7.
12:47 p.m.: An terrible go into quadruple protection is intercepted by WVU’s Alonzo Addae and the Mountaineers will take over on the KU 30.
12:50 p.m.: WVU does nothing with the decide, however Kansas might want to go 99 yards after Winston Wright downs the punt on the 1-yard line.
12:57 p.m.: The top of the primary quarter comes as KU leads 10-7.
1:04 p.m.: Leddie Brown beginning to run laborious, breaking tackles and working indignant at WVU has the ball to its personal 45 after beginning on the 20.
1:12 p.m.: Evan Staley misses a 44-yard subject aim and KU nonetheless leads 10-7. So many missed alternatives for the Mountaineers and penalties proceed to be an enormous downside.
1:25 p.m.: Kansas’ Denzel Feaster was simply tossed for focusing on with a late hit on Leddie Brown. He gone.
1:32 p.m.: Leddie Brown completely dominated that drive, capped off with a 5-yard landing toss from Doege to Brown because the Mountaineers take their first lead of the day, 14-10.
1:38 p.m.: Darius Stills simply made a diving interception and I’ve by no means seen a defensive lineman make a play like that earlier than.