MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–On Saturday night West Virginia’s offense put up 52 points on Youngstown State. The Mountaineers’ run game accounted for 289 of 625 total yards of offense and three touchdowns.
Leddie Brown paved the way for the WVU running backs with 115 yards while scoring his first career touchdown. Martell Petteway had 77 yards and Kennedy McKoy tacked on 76 yards.
Prior to getting injured, Alec Sinkfield scored his first collegiate touchdown while picking up 24 yards.
From day one, this was the kind of production the quartet of running backs had expected from themselves.
“This is exactly how we want the rest of the season to go,” McKoy said. “We had a goal to be the best group on this football team in the summer. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
Having four backs that can go in and get the job done is an advantage for the Mountaineers that most teams don’t have the luxury of.
“Having four guys rotating is good for saving your legs and it’s good for mixing it up on,” McKoy said. “The defense don’t know what’s coming at them. Do they got a guy that’s going to “Shake ‘N’ Bake” them or do they have a guy that’s going to run through them? They don’t know. So it’s good. It’s fun having four backs.”
Despite the constant competition amongst each other, WVU’s running backs are each other’s fans.
“We’re a close knit group in the room,” McKoy said. “Everybody is rooting for everybody. There is no selfishness in that room. Seeing him (Alec) get his first touchdown of his career was really special, as well as Leddie. So I’m excited for this group.”
Brown, McKoy, Petteway and Sinkfield are talented and provide something different. For the Mountaineers to continue having success, they will need all four of them for the remainder of the season.
“We’re going to need all those guys,” WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “Sinkfield, I think he got the first carry but I don’t consider any of them starters. Leddie went in and didn’t look like a freshman. That was pretty spectacular watching him. All of those guys are going to be needed.”
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS