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West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier (7) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Delaware State Hornets at Milan Puskar Stadium.

 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia wrapped up its nonconference slate against not-exactly-imposing Delaware State with a 59-16 runaway.

A recap of the live updates from throughout the game:

Final stats

— The Mountaineers (2-1) outgained the visitors 538-301, averaging 7.8 yards per play in the process.

— Will Grier finished 19-of-27 for 304 yards with three touchdowns. He also had an interception and three fumbles, one of which Delaware State recovered. Chris Chugunov completed 5-of-7 for 30 yards in relief, with one dropped past.

— Justin Crawford scored three touchdowns and produced his third consecutive 100-yard rushing day (102 yards on 15 carries).

— Linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton made three of West Virginia’s 10 TFLs. True freshman Kenny Robinson made six tackles with one TFL in his first start.

— Delaware State (0-3) has dropped 34 of its last 37 games.

— Hornets starter Jack McDaniels completed 7-of-12 for 114 yards, one TD and one interception. Nyfease West caught three passes for 108 yards and added 10 rushes for 53 yards.

Fourth quarter

— The WVU backups hold Delaware State to three-and-out.

— Chris Chugunov found brother Mitch for 7 yards but narrowly overthrew Druw Bowen on a third-down seam route that would’ve gone for 50-plus.

TOUCHDOWN: Kwannah Kollie 8-yard pass McDaniels (5:51) WVU leads 59-16
Tony Gibson mixed second- and third-teamers on defense and the Hornets capitalized. A third-and-6 incompletion extended the drive when Hakeem Bailey was flagged for pass interference, and McDaniels made a nice back-shoulder throw that Kollie grabbed in the back of the end zone. A two-point try failed. (Drive: 10 plays, 82 yards in 6:18)

TOUCHDOWN: Reggie Roberson 2-yard pass from (12:15) WVU leads 59-10
The first career TD for receiver and quarterback came on a second-down slant route. Tevin Bush enjoye a productive series, gaining 35 yards on five carries. That included a patient fourth-and-3 run that eventually popped for 14, with Bush looking like a Rumba that just kept banging against your baseboards until he reached a door opening.(Drive: 8 plays, 46 yards in 2:41)

— WVU’s Lamonte McDougle, the Little Nose Guard Who Could, pounced on a fumble at the Delaware State 46. Turnovers now even at three each.

Third quarter

— Chris Chugunov replace Grier and went 2-for-2 for 12 yards on the series, though a holding penalty on Alejandro Marenco meant no first down. Billy Kinney stuck a 46-yard punt inside the 10, however.

— Nothing doing for Delaware State on its second drive of the second half. And on his sixth punt of the afternoon, Jose Romo-Martinez finally hits a subpar one‚ just 37 yards.  (The net was improved by Bridgeport’s Dante Bonamico being flagged for a block in the back.)

TOUCHDOWN: Martell Pettaway 12-yard run (6:46) WVU leads 52-10
The Mountaineers converted two third-and-short runs and Grier scrolled through several progressions before hitting Jennings on an 18-yarder over the middle. Crawford reached 102 yards on his 15th carry and promptly gave way to Pettaway, whose scoring run came courtesy of a trap block from right guard Josh Sills. (Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards in 4:10)

— A Mike Daniels unnecessary roughness flag gave Delaware State a first down (and bought Daniels a seat on the bench), but Dylan Tonkery’s first career sack eventually stopped the drive at midfield.

Halftime notes

— Despite possessing the ball for only 9:51, the Mountaineers outgained the Hornets 385-157.

— Grier completed 15-of-22 for 276 yards and three TDs. He also had an interception and three fumbles, one of which Delaware State recovered.

— Crawford ran for 79 yards and three TDs on 11 carries. (Still no word from WVU about Kennedy McKoy, who hasn’t been spotted on the sideline today.)

Second quarter

TOUCHDOWN: Crawford 9-yard run (0:50) WVU leads 45-10
The Mountaineers showed some muscle on their late-half drive, staring with Gary Jennings wrestling a 48-yard catch over cornerback Keyjuan Selby. Crawford’s career-best third scoring run appeared to be stopped at the 5 until he carried the pile into the end zone. (Drive: 6 plays, 78 yards in 1:17)

— Al-Rasheed Benton’s first career sack (after several close calls over the years) forced a Delaware State punt. Let’s see WVU’s 2-minute offense.

TOUCHDOWN: Marcus Simms 16-yard pass from Grier (6:23) WVU leads 38-10
Martell Pettaway took a swing pass for 16 and Grier scrambled for 20 to get WVU moving. Simms also had an 8-yard screen catch before the TD play on which he beat coverage on a slant. (Drive: 5 plays, 69 yards in 1:18)

— As Delaware State tried a fourth-and-1 from the West Virginia 31, Nyfease West was stopped inches short by Xavier Preston and Jon Lewis.

TOUCHDOWN: Ka’Raun White 28-yard pass from Grier (4:20) WVU leads 31-10
A tremendous back-shoulder throw from Grier led to superb catch by White under tight coverage. Crawford picked up an 18-yard chunk on top of which the Hornets were flagged for a personal foul. (Drive: 3 plays, 70 yards in 0:38)

— Delaware State changed QBs but Keenan Black’s first series brought a three-and-out.

— Accomplishing nothing with the turnover, WVU ran Crawford twice for a net zero before Grier stood in the pocket for about eight Mississippi’s and unleashed an interception. Nigel Bynum’s pick gave the Hornets possession at their 30. That’s four fumbles

— Dravon Askew-Henry made his first interception since 2015, teaming up in double-coverage to sniff out McDaniels’ deep throw. His 24-yard return set up WVU at its 48.

First quarter

— Grier hit Jennings for 25 yards on a crossing route before the receiver was stripped for West Virginia’s FOURTH FUMBLE OF THE QUARTER. Delaware State recovered at its 46.

— Brycen Allen ripped off a 47-yard for the Hornets, but Ezekial Rose sacked McDaniels to squelch the threat.

TOUCHDOWN: Simms 62-yard pass from Grier (4:20) WVU leads 24-10
Grier hung on to the snap, Simms ran fast and they connected on another deep post route. WVU went 62 yards in a mere 9 seconds, which is roughly 7,558 times faster than I traveled in Landover traffic two weeks ago. (Drive: 1 play, 62 yards in 0:09)

FIELD GOAL: Wisdom Nzidee 24-yarder (4:35) WVU leads 17-10
Delaware State netted minus-1 on the drive but took the gifted three points, and surpassed its 9-points-per-game season scoring average. (Drive: 3 Plays, minus-1 yard in  0:59)

— Quite a sequence: Grier dropped a handoff, Sills dropped a pass and Grier dropped a snap that the Hornets recovered at the 6.

— Delaware State went three-and-out, but a 57-yard punt pinned the Mountaineers at their 9.

TOUCHDOWN: Crawford 3-yard run (8:41) WVU leads 17-7
The Hornets’ Allen fumbled the kickoff and Xavier Preston recovered at the 25-yard line. After four passes and a reversed targeting call, Crawford surged in on second-and-goal. (Drive: 5 Plays, 25 yards in 0:56)

FIELD GOAL: Mike Molina 20-yarder (9:42) WVU leads 10-7
After Delaware State gave WVU 15 yards when a face mask foiled a sack of Grier, Grier was sacked for real after mishandling a shotgun snap. Crawford’s 14-yard run set up a first-and-goal, but David Sills couldn’t hold a pass in the end zone thanks to Keyjuan Selby dislodging the ball from behind (Drive: 9 Plays, 62 yards in 2:39 used)

TOUCHDOWN: Nyfease West 81-yard pass from Jack McDaniels (12:20) Game tied 7-7
On third-and-4, West went uncovered by Marvin Gross on a wheel route and the Hornets doubled their touchdown output rom the first two games. Wonder if Gross, accustomed to playing Spur, busted the coverage there, or if he was supposed to have help deep. Either way, Tony Gibson must be beside himself about this lapse in the wake of last week’s 95-yard score by ECU. (Drive: 3 plays, 87 yards in 1:42)

TOUCHDOWN: Crawford 2-yard run (14:07) WVU leads 7-0
Set up by Marcus Simms returning the opening kick 80 yards, the Mountaineers needed a third-and-5 pass from Grier to Jennings to set up Crawford’s TD. (Drive: 4 plays, 18 yards in 0:53)

Pregame notes

— Boundary safety Toyous Avery not working with the West Virginia DBs during pregame drills. He is reportedly dealing with a hand injury.

— Here’s today’s Four-Down Territory preview, which touches on the development of the No. 2 quarterback and how much WVU is paying to face FCS teams.

— It’s Hall of Fame induction Saturday at WVU, where Willie Drewery is among the eight newcomers. Before “Willie D” became a nine-year NFL special-teams standout, he earned Sporting News All-American honors in 1984 and played on four bowl teams. He also developed fond memories on Sunnyside.

“In my time, West Virginia was the No. 1 party school in the nation,” he said. “I’m not saying I went there for that particular reason, but it was an honor to be a part of that. Everybody recalls being on Sunnyside after a football game.”

Bringing his family from Houston for the ceremonial weekend, Drewery is looking forward to sharing the campus with his 21-year-old twin sons.

“I’m not going to go too far without letting them know that I was the man at one time,” he said.

— Another new Hall of Famer, lineman Dan Mozes, joined “MetroNews Sportsline” this week and joked about being underrecruited out of high school, with offers only from WVU and Wake Forest.

“I was like a negative-three-star recruit,” said the 2006 Rimington Trophy winner.

Read about all eight new inductees, including Mr. Pittsnogle.

— Hornets coach Kenny Carter, who owns a 1-23 record in his third season, remains upbeat about turning around the program and he thinks playing FBS schools is a crucial component.

“Every young man when they grow up, they dream of playing FBS football,” he said. “So when reality hits you — and realize you can play Division I but you’re going to have to play FCS — and you get a chance to go play a West Virginia or Florida State you’re going to accept that challenge. Everybody wants to play at the highest level and see if they can get it done.

“Everyone worries about ‘You might get blown out.’ Well, go play. I’m not saying we’re going to beat West Virginia, but who knows. It could happen.”

— Here are the final-score predictions from the MetroNews staff:

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