West Virginia Mountaineers

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West Virginia senior QB Skyler Howard completed 10-of-26 passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 24-21 win over Baylor.

Not much doing here through the air, but West Virginia improved to 10-2 nonetheless. Howard tossed touchdown passes near the end of the second and third quarters. Those scoring passes gave him 26 on the season, matching the total he posted in 13 games a year ago. For the 2016 campaign as a whole, the 6-foot, 202-pound senior has thrown for 3,194 yards with a 26/10 TD/INT ratio. He has also rushed for an even 400 yards and nine additional scores.
Dec 3 - 7:37 PM

West Virginia junior RB Justin Crawford rushed for 209 yards on 28 carries in Saturday's 24-21 win over Baylor.

Skyler Howard proved spotty in the passing game, throwing for all of 111 yards in the contest. With little happening through the air, the Mountaineers leaned hard on their running game, racking up 312 yards as a team. The bulk of that output came via Crawford. He averaged 7.4 YPC with a long run of 63 yards in the victory. Just about the only knock you could levy against him is the fact that he failed to rush for a touchdown. Otherwise, this was a dynamite performance through-and-through. While the 5-foot-11, 198-pounder has been held under 50 yards rushing five times in 12 games this season, he also has several monster efforts to his name. Most notably, Crawford blasted Oklahoma for 331 yards on 24 carries back on November 19. West Virginia wraps up its regular season with a 10-2 record and will now await bowl assignment.
Dec 3 - 7:21 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that West Virginia and HC Dana Holgorsen have agreed to a five-year contract extension.

Holgorsen's new contract will run through the 2021 season. In his six seasons at the helm of the Mountaineers' ship, West Virginia has posted a 45-30 record (26-25 in conference). They play Baylor Saturday afternoon as they look to secure their second 10-win season under Holgorsen. Given that he was reportedly close to losing his job at the end of the 2015 campaign, this has been quite the turnaround.
Dec 3 - 4:04 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen says senior WR Devonte Mathis will start against Baylor.

The senior will start in his final collegiate regular season game because Ka'Raun White suffered a season-ending leg injury. Mathis, who has 16 career receptions, will work alongside Shelton Gibson, Daikiel Shorts, and Jovon Durante in attacking a Baylor secondary that has been taking its licks for the past month and a half.
Dec 2 - 3:13 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior RB Rushel Shell (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against Baylor.

Shell suffered the injury last month and just hasn't been able to, ahem, kick it. The 6-foot, 215-pounder has just one carry over the past four games.
Source: Fansided
Dec 2 - 2:25 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior WR Ka'Raun White will not play again this season due to a broken leg.

White has not only been ruled out for this Saturday's regular-season finale against Baylor, he has also been ruled out for West Virginia's yet-to-be-determined bowl. On Tuesday, HC Dana Holgorsen indicated that the 6-foot-1, 200-pound redshirt junior will need to undergo surgery to repair the injury. He finishes his 2016 campaign having caught 48 passes for 583 yards and five touchdowns over the course of 11 games played.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 29 - 2:02 PM

West Virginia redshirt sophomore WR Shelton Gibson had three catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win at Iowa State.

The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Gibson has a mere 40 catches through 11 games, but the big-play maven has converted them into 927 yards and eight touchdowns. The Mountaineers close out the regular season versus Baylor next week.
Nov 28 - 1:24 PM

West Virginia freshman RB Martell Pettaway ran for 181 yards and a score on 30 carries in a win over Iowa State on Saturday.

Pettaway had to burn his redshirt in Game No. 11 to make it happen. That move was spurred by the injuries to Justin Crawford, Rushel Shell and Kennedy McKoy. "Guys get hurt. It’s a long season," said HC Dana Holgorsen. "If you don’t have guys step in like the way Pettaway stepped in, you’re not going to win." Pettaway was a four-star recruit who was one of West Virginia's highlights in the past cycle.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 26 - 8:07 PM

West Virginia senior QB Skyler Howard went 12-for-21 for 330 passing yards and five touchdowns in Saturday's 49-19 win against Iowa State.

The touchdown total tied a career-high. West Virginia isn't going to win the Big 12, and they aren't going to the Playoff, but this was another impressive showing in what has become a dream season of sorts. The 9-2 Mountaineers get Baylor next weekend in the finale.
Nov 26 - 7:57 PM

West Virginia junior RB Justin Crawford left Saturday's game against Iowa State with a leg injury.

Crawford's foot is in a boot. Rushel Shell (ankle) was already out. Out their top two backs, the Mountaineers have been forced to insert freshman Martell Pettway, burning his redshirt. Pettway has played quite well.
Source: ESPN
Nov 26 - 6:04 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay says West Virginia junior RB Justin Crawford "is a big-play rusher."

West Virginia got embarrassed on Saturday in a 56-28 loss to Oklahoma, but in that game Crawford converted 34 carries into 331 yards. To McShay's point, Crawford averaged 14 yards per carry against the Sooners and is up to 7.6 ypc on the season. Overall, he's rushed for 930 yards and four touchdowns through 10 games.
Source: ESPN
Nov 23 - 5:55 PM

West Virginia junior RB Justin Crawford spun 34 carries into 331 yards in Saturday's 56-28 loss to Oklahoma.

Crawford did everything but score a touchdown in this one, dashing through the snow to the tune of 9.7 YPC while busting out for a long run of 61 yards. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound junior entered Saturday's contest having posted a decidedly hot/cold season, with three games of more than 100 yards rushing but also four games of fewer than 45 yards rushing. His work against the Sooners will do wonders for his season-long numbers. With that flurry of yards tacked on to his overall tally, he has now rushed for 930 yards and four touchdowns through 10 games played. While most teams are down to one game in the regular season, West Virginia must soldier on ahead through two more contests. Those will come against Iowa State and Baylor over the next two weekends.
Nov 20 - 12:09 AM

West Virginia redshirt senior RB Rushel Shell (ankle) is a game-time decision for Saturday's showdown with Texas.

Shell sat out this past weekend's game against Kansas due to an ankle injury initially sustained against Oklahoma State the prior week. The 6-foot, 215-pounder has rushed for 503 yards (4.9 YPC) and five touchdowns over the course of seven games played.
Source: Metro News
Nov 9 - 3:08 PM

West Virginia senior QB Skyler Howard completed 16-of-27 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 48-21 win over Kansas.

Fresh off their first loss of the season, the Mountaineers received a nice rebound opponent in Kansas. Howard was instrumental in Saturday's affair, not only throwing for three touchdowns but also rushing for two. He finished with 64 yards on the ground. 12 of Howard's 16 touchdown passes through eight games have come in just three contests. This kind of extreme hit/miss makes him a less-than-palatable fantasy option.
Nov 5 - 11:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior RB Rushel Shell (ankle) will not play against Kansas on Saturday.

Shell injured his ankle in last weekend's loss to Oklahoma State. With him unable to play against Kansas on Saturday, the majority of the running load figures to be handled by Justin Crawford.
Nov 5 - 7:24 PM


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