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Grier, Crawford help West Virginia put away Kansas, 56-34

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) West Virginia did what most people expected it would against Kansas in the first half Saturday, building the kind of lopsided advantage that should have made it an easy afternoon in Memorial Stadium.

Instead, the banged-up Mountaineers blew much of that lead during a stagnant third quarter.

It wasn't until the fourth that Will Grier and Co. got rolling again. The star quarterback scored twice on the ground in the closing minutes, and finished with 347 yards passing while accounting for four scores, to a sew up a 56-34 victory that was far more difficult than coach Dana Holgorsen had envisioned.

''Looked good at times, looked bad at times,'' Holgorsen said, wiping sweat from his brow. ''We were either rolling on offense or we were inept. I don't know what it was.''

At least there were enough good times to overcome the bad.

David Sills V had 130 yards and two TDs receiving, and Kennedy McKoy also reached the end zone twice, as the Mountaineers (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) beat Kansas (1-3, 0-1) for the sixth time in seven meetings.

''We just got a little relaxed,'' Sills said, ''and that's something we can't do.''

West Virginia overcome a career game from sophomore Khalil Herbert, who ran for 291 yards and two touchdowns. It was the third-most yards by a Kansas player on the ground in school history, trailing only a 396-yard performance by Tony Sands in 1991 and a 294-yard effort by Nolan Cromwell in 1975.

''We've been working on it all week, and the O-Line has been doing a great job. Today we just came out and executed,'' he said. ''Thanks to the big boys up front.''

Peyton Bender added 197 yards and a TD through the air, but he also threw a pair of picks, one of which was returned for a touchdown. And a porous defense allowed 40 or more points for the third straight game.

''I thought the quarterback for them played really well today, and their running backs played really well,'' Kansas coach David Beaty said, ''but their O-Line did a pretty good of protecting them.''

The Mountaineers looked as if they'd cruise past the Jayhawks again when they put together four straight touchdown drives in the first half. Each covered at least 80 yards, none took more than 3:22 off the clock, and the result was a 28-3 lead midway through the second quarter.

Herbert finally stopped the onslaught with a 67-yard touchdown run, but the Mountaineers' Mike Daniels picked off a tipped pass a couple minutes later, and it was 35-13 by halftime.

That's when the Mountaineers' offense suddenly hit the skids, punting four times and turning it over once during a five-possession span. Meanwhile, a defense that had started to bottle up Herbert became leaky, thanks in large part to a slew of injuries, allowing short touchdown runs a couple minutes apart to make it 35-27.

Suddenly, a sparse crowd that turned out on a hot, sunny afternoon began to think back to 2013, when the long-suffering Jayhawks stunned the Mountaineers 31-19 on a cool November day.

The teams swapped TDs in the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers getting a second chance at the end zone after an offside penalty on a field goal, and it was still 42-34 with 7:35 left in the game.

Grier answered with a QB keeper then scored again a few minutes later to put it away.

''I am seeing improvement, which is good. Very discouraged about that fourth quarter,'' Beaty said. ''That's not how I felt like that game should've ended up.''

STATS AND STREAKS

The Mountaineers had 635 yards total offense. The Jayhawks had 564. ... The teams combined to run for 655 yards. ... Grier has thrown for at least 300 yards and Justin Crawford (125 yards and a TD Saturday for West Virginia) has run for at least 100 in four straight games. ... Herbert has run for 428 yards combined his past two games.

THE TAKEAWAY

West Virginia: Grier had the Mountaineers humming early and late, but the offense sputtered out of rhythm during a long stretch in the middle of the game. Their counterparts on defense didn't help much, getting pushed around by the Kansas offensive line most of the afternoon.

Kansas: Miscues doomed the Jayhawks, from the pick-six to penalties when they were going for it in fourth-and-short situations. But while Beaty insists there are no moral victories, the way Kansas responded to adversity was something to build upon.

UP NEXT

West Virginia has a week off before visiting No. 16 TCU on Oct. 7.

Kansas also gets a week off before Texas Tech visits Oct. 7.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:42
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
56
34
Touchdown 4:42
7-W.Grier runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
31
yds
00:27
pos
55
34
Point After TD 5:16
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
49
34
Touchdown 5:16
7-W.Grier runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
72
yds
02:12
pos
48
34
Point After TD 7:35
39-G.Rui extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
42
34
Touchdown 7:35
7-P.Bender complete to 11-S.Sims. 11-S.Sims runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
85
yds
03:27
pos
42
33
Point After TD 11:02
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
42
27
Touchdown 11:02
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
81
yds
02:55
pos
41
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:22
39-G.Rui extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
27
Touchdown 3:22
24-T.Martin runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
4
plays
67
yds
01:25
pos
35
26
Point After TD 9:02
39-G.Rui extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
20
Touchdown 9:02
10-K.Herbert runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
94
yds
03:34
pos
35
19
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:05
39-G.Rui 41 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
49
yds
0:30
pos
35
13
Point After TD 0:36
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
10
Touchdown 0:44
7-P.Bender incomplete. Intended for 11-S.Sims INTERCEPTED by 4-M.Daniels at KAN 25. 4-M.Daniels runs 25 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
25
yds
0:00
pos
34
10
Point After TD 4:11
39-G.Rui extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
10
Touchdown 4:11
10-K.Herbert runs 67 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
75
yds
01:06
pos
28
9
Point After TD 5:17
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
3
Touchdown 5:17
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 49 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
85
yds
02:10
pos
27
3
Point After TD 8:56
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
3
Touchdown 8:56
4-K.McKoy runs 23 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
86
yds
03:22
pos
20
3
Point After TD 13:14
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
3
Touchdown 13:14
25-J.Crawford runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
80
yds
01:43
pos
13
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:37
48-M.Molina extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 3:37
4-K.McKoy runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
80
yds
02:17
pos
6
3
Field Goal 9:04
39-G.Rui 28 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
69
yds
5:56
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 32 22
Rushing 14 13
Passing 15 8
Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Conv 7-14 8-18
4th Down Conv 0-1 2-2
Total Net Yards 634 561
Total Plays 82 84
Avg Gain 7.7 6.7
Net Yards Rushing 288 367
Rush Attempts 43 50
Avg Rush Yards 6.7 7.3
Net Yards Passing 346 194
Comp. - Att. 25-39 17-34
Yards Per Pass 8.9 5.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-1 2-3
Penalties - Yards 2-18 2--2
Touchdowns 8 4
Rushing TDs 5 3
Passing TDs 2 1
Other 1 0
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 5-36.0 6-44.3
Return Yards 125 59
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 3-62 3-59
Int. - Returns 2-63 1-0
Kicking 8/8 6/6
Extra Points 8/8 4/4
Field Goals 0/0 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
23 West Virginia 3-1 72802156
Kansas 1-3 31014734
346 PASS YDS 194
288 RUSH YDS 367
634 TOTAL YDS 561
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.1% 347 2 1 150.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.3% 1374 13 3 171.1
W. Grier 25/39 347 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Crawford 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 125 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
61 451 6
J. Crawford 18 125 1 24
K. McKoy 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 105 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 204 3
K. McKoy 12 105 2 28
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 51 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 131 2
W. Grier 10 51 2 24
M. Pettaway 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 77 1
M. Pettaway 3 7 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Sills V 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 130 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 396 7
D. Sills V 8 130 2 49
G. Jennings 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 75 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 438 1
G. Jennings 6 75 0 30
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 68 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 211 3
M. Simms 4 68 0 25
Ka. White 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 209 2
Ka. White 3 36 0 20
J. Crawford 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 24 0
J. Crawford 2 25 0 16
K. McKoy 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 32 0
K. McKoy 1 7 0 7
T. Bush 14 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 10 0
T. Bush 1 6 0 6
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Benton 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-1 1 0.0
A. Benton 12-1 0.0 1
M. Gross Jr. 18 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
M. Gross Jr. 6-0 0.0 0
M. Daniels 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
M. Daniels 6-0 0.0 1
A. Shuler II 88 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
A. Shuler II 5-0 1.0 0
J. Stewart 9 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
J. Stewart 5-0 0.0 0
D. Askew-Henry 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
D. Askew-Henry 4-0 0.0 0
R. Donahue 46 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
R. Donahue 3-0 0.0 0
L. McDougle 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
L. McDougle 3-0 1.0 0
D. Tonkery 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Tonkery 3-0 0.0 0
X. Preston 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
X. Preston 2-0 0.0 0
Ky. White 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
Ky. White 2-0 0.0 0
E. Battle 19 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
E. Battle 2-0 0.0 0
D. Pitts 1 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Pitts 2-0 0.0 0
D. Long 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Long 1-0 0.0 0
J. Harvey 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Harvey 1-0 0.0 0
Q. Qualls 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Q. Qualls 1-0 0.0 0
K. Robinson 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Robinson 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Molina 48 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 8/8
SEASON FG XP
2/4 27/27
M. Molina 0/0 0 8/8 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Kinney 15 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 36.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
21 38.7 2
B. Kinney 5 36.0 2 41
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 20.7 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 33.8 23 0
M. Simms 3 20.7 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
P. Bender 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.1% 197 1 2 102.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.3% 1227 7 7 120.3
P. Bender 17/32 197 1 2
S. Sims Jr. 11 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
S. Sims Jr. 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Herbert 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
36 291 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
58 438 4
K. Herbert 36 291 2 67
T. Martin 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 59 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 76 1
T. Martin 11 59 1 19
D. Williams 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 124 3
D. Williams 1 14 0 14
P. Bender 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 -55 0
P. Bender 2 3 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. Sims Jr. 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 96 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 298 3
S. Sims Jr. 6 96 1 64
J. Booker 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 186 1
J. Booker 2 24 0 19
B. Johnson 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 195 1
B. Johnson 1 23 0 23
T. Patrick 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 22 0
T. Patrick 3 22 0 15
E. Fairs 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 113 0
E. Fairs 1 12 0 12
R. Schadler 33 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 82 0
R. Schadler 1 9 0 9
K. Herbert 10 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 23 0
K. Herbert 1 5 0 5
T. Martin 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
T. Martin 1 4 0 4
K. Johnson Jr. 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 21 0
K. Johnson Jr. 1 2 0 2
C. Harrell 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 114 2
C. Harrell 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Dineen Jr. 29 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 1.0
J. Dineen Jr. 10-2 1.0 0
M. Lee 11 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 1 0.0
M. Lee 9-0 0.0 0
B. Torneden 1 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
B. Torneden 9-0 0.0 0
D. Wise 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Wise 4-0 0.0 0
D. Prox 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Prox 4-0 0.0 0
D. Neal 7 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Neal 3-0 0.0 0
H. Defense 13 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
H. Defense 3-0 0.0 1
O. Ogbebor 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
O. Ogbebor 3-0 0.0 0
T. Miller Jr. 22 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Miller Jr. 3-0 0.0 0
J. Dezir 54 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Dezir 2-0 0.0 0
K. Loneker Jr. 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Loneker Jr. 2-0 0.0 0
J. Holmes 88 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Holmes 2-1 0.0 0
S. Taylor 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Taylor 1-0 0.0 0
D. Armstrong Jr. 2 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
D. Armstrong Jr. 1-2 0.0 0
D. Ford 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Ford 1-0 0.0 0
J. Dineen 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Dineen 1-0 0.0 0
J. Ehambe 17 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Ehambe 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Rui 39 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
6/7 15/15
G. Rui 2/2 41 4/4 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Moos 36 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 44.3 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
20 42.9 4
C. Moos 6 44.3 4 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Sims Jr. 11 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 15.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 22.6 17 0
S. Sims Jr. 2 15.0 17 0
R. Schadler 33 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 29.0 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 26.5 29 0
R. Schadler 1 29.0 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:47 WVU 27 0:57 4 12 Punt
5:54 WVU 20 2:17 8 80 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:57 WVU 20 1:43 7 80 TD
12:18 WVU 14 3:22 10 86 TD
7:27 WVU 15 2:10 7 85 TD
4:04 WVU 23 3:09 7 14 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WVU 25 2:16 6 22 Punt
9:02 WVU 25 0:43 4 13 INT
5:47 WVU 11 0:53 4 15 Punt
3:22 WVU 25 2:48 5 22 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:57 WVU 14 2:55 11 86 TD
7:28 WVU 28 2:12 6 72 TD
5:09 KANSAS 31 0:27 2 31 TD
3:33 KANSAS 8 2:11 4 6 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 KANSAS 25 5:56 15 64 FG
7:42 KANSAS 24 1:37 5 23 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:31 KANSAS 13 3:07 9 38 Punt
13:14 KANSAS 35 0:47 3 6 Punt
8:49 KANSAS 37 1:14 3 -1 Punt
5:17 KANSAS 25 1:06 3 75 TD
0:44 KANSAS 26 0:00 1 74 INT
0:30 KANSAS 27 0:25 4 49 End of Quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:36 KANSAS 11 3:34 10 89 TD
8:06 KANSAS 30 2:06 6 27 Punt
4:47 KANSAS 33 1:25 4 67 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:25 KANSAS 16 0:24 6 27 Punt
11:02 KANSAS 25 3:27 12 75 TD
5:09 KANSAS 25 0:00 1 44 Fumble
4:42 KANSAS 25 0:54 3 67 INT
1:13 KANSAS 2 0:41 3 20 Game