The Mountaineers are back from an exceptionally successful trip to Charlotte, North Carolina after overcoming the SEC’s Tennessee Volunteers 40-14 to start the season 1-0. Now the Mountaineers return to Morgantown to play host to the Youngstown State Penguins.
Youngstown State is coming to West Virginia on the heels of a season opening loss to Butler. The Penguins lost 23-21in the final seconds of a game many were expecting to have the opposite outcome.
The Penguins have been known to be one of the top tier FCS football programs over the past several seasons, so many, including head coach Bo Pelini, were shocked by the team’s defeat Saturday. Going into the 2018 season, the Penguins were ranked number 24 in FCS teams. Youngstown State has approximately sixty scholarship players and were hopeful to have a better season than last year’s down year, however starting the season off with an unexpected loss is never the best.
Now, Youngstown State comes to Morgantown on the heels of West Virginia’s stunner of an opener. Quarterback Will Grier showed off with over 400 total yards and five touchdowns against the Volunteers. The Mountaineers will look to capitalize on that momentum and continue their non-conference schedule with another big performance.
If West Virginia plays at all like they did in Charlotte, Youngstown State will have a long sixty minutes of play ahead of them this coming Saturday. Add in the fact that the game is the first night game for Mountaineers in several seasons and there is sure to be magic in Morgantown.