Defenses took over in the third quarter.
Defensively for West Virginia, redshirt sophomore linebacker David Long led the defense with 11 tackles.
Quarterback Will Grier completed 27 of 46 passes for 372 yards and four touchdowns for West Virginia (7-3, 5-2 Big 12).
At half time, freshman quarterback Skylar Thompson threw for 70 yards for the Wildcats, while Grier threw 275 yards for the Mountaineers. The Mountaineers' first four drives ended with the two turnovers and two three-and-outs. Saturday's game marked the fourth time this season that White had over 100 yards receiving in a single game. After the Mountaineers forced a punt, Grier drove 72 yards on four plays, the biggest a 43-yard strike to David Sills that moved the ball to the 16-yard line. The Mountaineers took the lead from then on out, 7-6. The Mountaineers followed that with a 10-play, 80-yard drive capped by an acrobatic back-corner catch by Sills to pus the lead to 21-13 with 7:22 left before the half.
The Mountaineers got a gift touchdown at the end of the first half, then neither team could mount much offense in the second half.
The Wildcats added a touchdown late in the second quarter, but wouldn't get the last points of the half.
McCrane's second field goal of the game, a 43-yarder later in the first quarter, was the 55th of his career, passing Martin Gramatica and setting a school record. They were the only two scoring drives for the Wildcats in the first quarter. The Wildcats though would settle for another field goal to make it 6-0 after gaining just 21 yards on seven plays.
West Virginia overcame a sluggish start and four first-half turnovers to claim a 28-23 victory over Kansas State on a cool, rainy Saturday afternoon at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.
West Virginia finally got a first down - on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Grier to White - on the first play of the ensuing drive. Kansas St., Warmack 14-96, Thompson 18-53, Silmon 5-15, Barnes 3-6, Dimel 2-3. But penalties stalled the drive, including a crucial offensive pass interference call on a third down play that would've moved the chains.
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Ohio State. "It was two different ends of the spectrum". "We felt like we didn't have a single mental error out there". Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz was honest about his young quarterback performance while praising his character.
That gave Grier 10 seconds to throw for the end zone and put West Virginia ahead 28-20. With the Wildcats down to one timeout, the Mountaineers went to the ground game and gained seven yards on three runs up the middle.
Offense: F. K-State managed 332 yards against a West Virginia defense that had been allowing 448.
For the Wildcats, junior Winston Dimel would be in the right place at the right time for two drives. The last scoring drive for the Mountaineers would be for White, receiving a 30 yard pass from Will Grier.
White had a big first half, which started his second consecutive game of going over the century mark, finishing the game with eight catches for 168 yards. He made up for two interceptions by throwing for 372 yards and four touchdowns.
They forced a punt of their own, and Grier converted on fourth down with 2:29 left, allowing West Virginia to run out the clock at the Kansas State goal line.
Kansas State's defense, which had surrendered at least 400 yards passing in three straight games, was good enough to keep it close.
Kansas State's first points were set up when Reed picked off Grier at the 28 and returned it to the 3-yard line.
RUSHING-West Virginia, Crawford 17-113, McKoy 4-14, (Team) 2-(minus 2), Grier 3-(minus 5).
WVU hosts Texas next week in its final home game of the year.
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