Postgame Notes: West Virginia
Submitted by drew harris on Wed, 12/27/2017 - 05:56
- Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Kelby Wickline was the lone first-time starter for West Virginia. The Mountaineers now have a total of 33 players with at least one game of starting experience.
- Evan Staley opened the scoring for WVU by converting a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter. It was Staley’s fifth field goal of the season.
- With a fumble recovery in the third quarter, WVU has now forced at least one turnover in 39 of the last 52 games, dating back to 2014.
- Staley added his second field goal of the game in the third quarter, the second time this season he has made two field goals in a game.
- Ka’Raun White hauled in a 18-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, marking his 12th receiving touchdown of the season and the 17th of his career.
- On the touchdown catch, White surpassed 1,000 receiving yards this season, becoming the second Mountaineer to do so this season. It is the first time since 2012 that WVU has had two (Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey) 1,000-yard receivers in the same season.
- Following the touchdown, Trevon Wesco caught a two-point conversion from Kennedy McKoy. It was the second time this season that the Mountaineers have successfully completed a two-point conversion by pass.
- Gary Jennings recovered an on-sides kick in the fourth quarter, marking WVU’s first on-sides kick recovery since Oct. 17, 2015, against Baylor.
- The WVU defense recorded six sacks against Utah, tying a season-high. The previous season-high was set on Oct. 21 against Baylor.
- David Long Jr. registered 2.5 sacks, marking the most sacks by a Mountaineer in a game this season.
- Long Jr.’s 2.5 tackles for loss in the game give him 16 on the season, moving him into a tie for No. 6 with Bruce Irvin (2011) for most tackles for loss in a season in school history.
- Kyzir White tallied a career-high 13 total tackles against Utah, marking the second time this season he has recorded at least 10 tackles in a game.
- Gary Jennings Jr. tallied 66 yards receiving, which moves him into No. 6 for receiving yards in a season in school history.
- Ka’Raun White caught three passes against Utah, tying J.D. Woods in 2012 for No. 17 for the most receptions in a season in school history, with 61.
- Adam Shuler II registered his first career fumble recovery in the fourth quarter, becoming the seventh Mountaineer to recover a fumble this season.
- Billy Kinney punted for a season-high 424 yards against Utah. He also tied a career-high with three punts placed inside the 20.