The West Virginia Mountaineers and Marshall Thundering Herd kicked of their seasons with wins. Both teams are now 2-1 with both teams losing close games. West Virginia lost to Oklahoma 16-7, and Marshall lost to Ohio 34-31.
The Mountaineers’ season opener was against The Tribe of William and Mary. During this game Paul Millard threw for 237 yards. The first score of the game was an 11 yard touchdown run by Charles Sims on a 67 yard drive. But WVU struggled offensively in the first half and did not score again until the second half.In the second half the Mountaineers came back strong after ending the first half losing 17-7. The first score of the second half was a 22-yard field goal on a 70-yard drive. Later in the third quarter Millard got the ball to Ronald Carswell for a 69-yard touchdown. Ending the game was Wendell Smallwood with a 2-yard run.
West Virginia’s second game was a loss, 16-7, against Oklahoma. Quarterback Paul Millard was 21 of 42 passing for 218 yards. The only score of the game for WVU was a 75-yard run by Dreamius Smith in the first quarter. During this game the Mountaineers had 387 total yards, 218 yards passing, and 169 yards rushing.
The third game was a win of 41-7 against Georgia State at home. Ford Childress, redshirted freshman had his college debut in this game and also set the freshman record of 359 yards, by throwing three touchdown passes. WVU had 604 yards of total offense. Charles Sims had 116 rushing yards, and 1 touchdown on 18 carries. Freshman Dakiel Shorts led the Mountaineers with 5 receptions for 88-yards and 2 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the team, they had two key starters out with injuries, Isiah Bruce, and Doug Rigg. But they still held Georgia to only one 65 yard touchdown run in the second half.
Marshall won their opening game against the University of Miami (OH), 52-14. Quarterback Rakeem Cato threw for 287 passing yards, 5 touchdown passes, and 1 interception thrown. Overall offense had 591 yards total with 304 rushing yards.
The second game was another win of 55-0 against Gardner-Webb. The offense had 509 total yards including 224 rushing yards, and Rakeem Cato having 285 passing yards. Steward Butler ran 151 yards on 9 carries and scored 3 touchdowns. Offense had 482 yards total, 116 being rushing yards. The only downside offense had was 4 turnovers, 3 fumbles, and 1 interception thrown.
It appears that both West Virginia and Marshall are going to have successful seasons.