MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Despite a sloppy offensive showing, No. 9 West Virginia defeated Kansas 38-22 on Saturday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Will Grier completed 28-of-41 passes. He threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns. The senior quarterback threw three interceptions.
Leddie Brown led the running backs with 107 yards and one touchdown. He also caught a pass for a touchdown for WVU.
David Sills V had 74 yards and one touchdown. T.J. Simmons picked up 53 yards.
The Jayhawks’ star running back Pooka Williams was limited to 65 yards and never found the end zone. Peyton Bender went 16-of-25 and had 191 yards for two touchdowns.
At the start of the second half, Kansas drove 75 yards and pulled within seven, 21-14, of the Mountaineers on a 31-yard rush by Khalil Herbert.
WVU later went ahead 28-14 on a 12-yard touchdown reception by Martell Pettaway.
After a bad offensive drive by the Mountaineers and being forced to punt deep in their own territory, the Jayhawks botched a punt return and the ball was recovered by JoVanni Stewart, leading to a 49-yard field goal by Evan Staley.
WVU would jump in front 38-14 with 2:20 remaining when David Sills caught a 17-yard pass from Grier.
As time expired Bender found Kwamie Lassiter in the end zone. Kansas successfully attempted the two-point conversion.
The Mountaineers jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Grier connected with Leddie Brown for a 15-yard reception in the end zone.
Brown had a 47-yard run, followed by an 18-yard gain before finding the end zone two plays later, giving WVU a 14-0 lead.
On the next series, Ezekiel Rose picked off Carter Stanley’s pass at the Kansas 26-yard line but the Mountaineers were unable to capitalize on the Jayhawks’ turnover.
Kansas answered when Bender found Mavin Saunders in the end zone for a 18-yard touchdown reception to cut the deficit to 14-7 with 12 seconds left in the first half.
However, WVU answered at the start of the second quarter with the use of its tight ends. After a 39-yard reception by Marcus Simms, Grier found Jovani Haskins for a 14-yard touchdown.
The Mountaineers travel to Ames next Saturday, October 13 to battle Iowa State. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.