Win vs. Liberty: The complete rehash

Written by Colin Dunlap on .

By Colin Dunlap | 12:35 a.m. Sunday  

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- There was good, and there was bad.

I think that is the overriding theme with West Virginia's opening day, 33-20, victory yesterday against Division I-AA Liberty.

Jarrett Brown was good, very good. He was particularly solid for a guy with seemingly the weight of Mountaineer Field on him, as he crawled under center for his first game as the full-time starter in the program.

But for as good as Brown was, the kickoff coverage unit was that bad. It must get better if West Virginia wants to make some noise in the Big East Conference this year.

The game story I wrote outlines as much, and Coach Bill Stewart agreed to as much -- that there was good and bad, but the Mountaineers will never be disappointed in leaving the field with a victory.  

Overall grade I give WVU against Liberty -- C+.   



Some quick facts following the Liberty win:

  • Junior running back Noel Devine went over 2,000 yards rushing for his career with his 112-yard performance. He became the 15th Mountaineer to rush for 2000 yards in a career.
  • WVU is 43-9 over the last 52 games.
  • Jarrett Brown went over 200 yards passing for the second time in his career. The other was a 244-yard performance against Rutgers in 2006. 
  • Ryan Clarke's two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter came on his first career carry.
  • The Mountaineers are 50-3 since 2002 when they win the turnover battle.
  • Five of the Mountaineers' seven plays on their opening drive were passes.

Some audio:

Offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen:


Quarterback Jarrett Brown:


Head coach Bill Stewart press conference video: 



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