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Grier, Crawford help No. 23 Mountaineers beat K-State 28-23

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Will Grier scrambled to his right and then retreated to his left, time ticking off the clock in the first half and No. 23 West Virginia seemingly content to take a one-point lead over Kansas State into halftime.

Then Grier unloaded a pass toward the end zone.

Ka'Raun White never had to move to haul in his second touchdown reception.

The half-ending score, after a crippling interception thrown by Skylar Thompson, gave the Mountaineers a lift going into the break. And their defense did the rest in the second half, holding on to escape with a 28-23 victory and their Big 12 title hopes intact.

''It was a weird game,'' Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said. ''I don't quite know how we won it other than our defense playing their tail off. The offense was hot and cold. But we made some big plays.''

Few bigger than that 30-yard TD pass for a 28-20 halftime lead.

Grier finished with 372 yards and four touchdowns passing for the Mountaineers (7-3, 5-2), while White had eight catches for 168 yards. David Sills V had the other two TD receptions, one a tip-toe job in the corner of the end zone, and Justin Crawford added 113 yards on the ground.

''It was a big game,'' Mountaineers linebacker David Long said, ''and they were going to make plays.''

Indeed, the Wildcats closed to 28-23 on Matt McCrane's field goal early in the fourth quarter, but an offense down to its third-string QB in Thompson couldn't get all the way back.

Thompson threw for 159 yards with two interceptions in his first career start for the Wildcats (5-5, 3-4), who still need a win to become bowl-eligible for the eighth consecutive year. Dalvin Warmack added 96 yards rushing and bruising fullback Winston Dimel reached the end zone twice.

''It was in our hands,'' Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. ''It was ours to win or lose.''

The nip-and-tuck game was indicative of the series: The last three meetings had been decided by eight points total, including the Mountaineers' 17-16 comeback win in Morgantown last year.

They tried to fumble this one away early, coughing it up twice in the damp, cold weather. Grier also threw a pair of first-half interceptions, one of which was returned inside their 5.

But Kansas State kept stumbling while trying to take advantage of the mistakes.

The Wildcats had to settle for a pair of early field goals, which West Virginia wiped out with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Grier to White, and Sills added his two TD catches to extend the lead.

Still, Kansas State got within 21-20 and had the ball in the closing seconds of the first half when Thompson was picked off on a poorly designed screen play. West Virginia had time for one play, and Grier scrambled long enough to find White in the end zone.

''Will is very good at extending plays,'' Sills said. ''He always keeps his eyes downfield. He can run, but when he scrambles he is looking to throw downfield. It resulted in a lot of big plays.''

The Wildcats' defense stiffened in the second half, but their offense still couldn't do much. McCrane missed a 32-yard field goal - Snyder argued in vain that it went through the uprights - before hitting from 29 yards to make it 28-23 with 12:44 to go.

Kansas State was trying to take the lead when Thompson was picked off by Kenny Robinson deep in West Virginia territory. And even though the Wildcats' defense forced a quick punt, the turnover flipped the field with about 6 minutes remaining, emboldening the Mountaineers' defense.

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.

''This one will hurt us for a while,'' said McCrane, who broke Martin Gramatica's school record of 54 career field goals. ''We know we need to get some wins.''

TAKEAWAYS

West Virginia overcame four turnovers and some uncharacteristic dropped passes. Gary Jennings was a big part of the success, catching 13 passes for 115 yards as the Wildcats bottled up the run early and tried to take White and Sills away in the passing game.

Kansas State's defense, which had surrendered at least 400 yards passing in three straight games, was good enough to keep it close. But the offense struggled behind an inexperienced quarterback who made several poor decisions and often held onto the ball too long.

UP NEXT

West Virginia heads home to face Texas on Saturday before a trip to No. 5 Oklahoma.

Kansas State plays its road finale against No. 12 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 12:48
16-M.McCrane 39 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
73
yds
01:44
pos
28
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:00
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
20
Touchdown 0:00
7-W.Grier complete to 2-K.White. 2-K.White runs 30 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
30
yds
00:10
pos
27
20
Point After TD 1:33
16-M.McCrane extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
20
Touchdown 1:33
38-W.Dimel runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
93
yds
03:20
pos
21
19
Point After TD 7:22
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
13
Touchdown 7:22
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
80
yds
02:37
pos
20
13
Point After TD 12:44
16-M.McCrane extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
13
Touchdown 12:44
38-W.Dimel runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
5
plays
63
yds
02:06
pos
14
12
Point After TD 14:56
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
6
Touchdown 14:56
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
72
yds
00:29
pos
13
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:28
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
6
Touchdown 2:28
7-W.Grier complete to 2-K.White. 2-K.White runs 75 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
75
yds
00:11
pos
6
6
Field Goal 2:49
16-M.McCrane 43 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
26
yds
03:35
pos
0
6
Field Goal 7:33
16-M.McCrane 21 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
-1
yds
00:59
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 14
Rushing 7 7
Passing 13 6
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 3-12 2-15
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 486 322
Total Plays 72 68
Avg Gain 6.8 4.7
Net Yards Rushing 120 173
Rush Attempts 26 42
Avg Rush Yards 4.6 4.1
Net Yards Passing 366 149
Comp. - Att. 27-46 13-26
Yards Per Pass 8.0 5.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-6 4-10
Penalties - Yards 3-21 5-56
Touchdowns 4 2
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 4 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 5 2
Fumbles - Lost 3-3 0-0
Int. Thrown 2 2
Punts - Avg 8-39.9 8-44.0
Return Yards 165 165
Punts - Returns 4-37 5-103
Kickoffs - Returns 5-91 2-20
Int. - Returns 2-37 2-42
Kicking 4/4 5/6
Extra Points 4/4 2/2
Field Goals 0/0 3/4
Safeties 0 0
1234T
West Virginia 7-3 7210028
Kansas State 5-5 6140323
366 PASS YDS 149
120 RUSH YDS 173
486 TOTAL YDS 322
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.7% 372 4 2 146.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.2% 3440 34 12 163.5
W. Grier 27/46 372 4 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Crawford 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 113 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
159 899 7
J. Crawford 17 113 0 19
K. McKoy 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
77 410 4
K. McKoy 4 14 0 8
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
62 121 2
W. Grier 3 -5 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Ka. White 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 168 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
51 907 10
Ka. White 8 168 2 75
G. Jennings 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
13 115 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
82 938 1
G. Jennings 13 115 0 43
D. Sills V 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 63 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
55 856 18
D. Sills V 4 63 2 43
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 544 5
M. Simms 2 26 0 23
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Long 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 1.0
D. Long 10-1 1.0 0
K. Robinson 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 2 0.0
K. Robinson 6-0 0.0 1
A. Benton 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 2 0.5
A. Benton 6-1 0.5 0
Ky. White 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 3 0.0
Ky. White 6-1 0.0 0
A. Shuler II 88 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
A. Shuler II 5-1 1.0 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
E. Battle 19 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
E. Battle 4-0 0.0 0
D. Tonkery 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.5
D. Tonkery 2-2 0.5 0
E. Rose 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 1.0
E. Rose 1-1 1.0 1
M. Daniels 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
M. Daniels 1-0 0.0 0
H. Bailey 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
H. Bailey 1-1 0.0 0
X. Pegues 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
X. Pegues 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Staley 30 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
3/4 10/10
E. Staley 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Kinney 15 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 39.9 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
50 39.9 2
B. Kinney 8 39.9 2 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 19.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 25.6 25 0
M. Simms 3 19.0 25 0
M. Pettaway 32 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 17.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 17.0 21 0
M. Pettaway 2 17.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 9.3 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 6.0 17 0
M. Simms 4 9.3 17 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 159 0 2 86.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.8% 306 1 2 114.3
S. Thompson 13/26 159 0 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Warmack 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 96 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 209 3
D. Warmack 14 96 0 41
S. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 53 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 158 1
S. Thompson 18 53 0 18
J. Silmon 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 146 0
J. Silmon 5 15 0 11
A. Barnes 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
105 593 5
A. Barnes 3 6 0 4
W. Dimel 38 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 3 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 55 4
W. Dimel 2 3 2 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
I. Zuber 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 45 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
42 432 3
I. Zuber 4 45 0 24
W. Dimel 38 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 75 0
W. Dimel 1 33 0 33
D. Schoen 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 470 3
D. Schoen 3 30 0 12
B. Pringle 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 539 3
B. Pringle 3 28 0 16
D. Heath 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 115 0
D. Heath 2 23 0 16
Defense T-A SACK INT
K. Adams 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-1 2 0.0
K. Adams 10-1 0.0 0
J. Kirby 46 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 1.0
J. Kirby 8-1 1.0 0
W. Geary 60 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
W. Geary 5-0 0.0 0
T. Tanking 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
T. Tanking 4-2 0.0 0
Cr. Moore 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
Cr. Moore 3-0 0.0 0
D. Shelley 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
D. Shelley 3-0 0.0 0
D. Reed 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 4 0.0
D. Reed 3-0 0.0 1
D. Goolsby 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
D. Goolsby 3-0 0.0 1
T. Dishon 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Dishon 2-0 0.0 0
D. Clark 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Clark 1-0 1.0 0
E. Sullivan 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Sullivan 1-0 0.0 0
T. Wood 34 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Wood 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. McCrane 16 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/4 2/2
SEASON FG XP
20/25 35/35
M. McCrane 3/4 43 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
N. Walsh 14 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 44.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
43 43.3 2
N. Walsh 8 44.0 2 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Valentine 88 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 9.4 12 0
D. Valentine 1 12.0 12 0
D. Reed 2 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 35.3 8 1
D. Reed 1 8.0 8 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Reed 2 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 20.6 44 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 17.1 44 1
D. Reed 5 20.6 44 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:07 WVU 42 0:10 2 4 Fumble
11:51 WVU 6 1:21 3 0 Punt
8:47 WVU 20 0:05 2 77 INT
7:26 WVU 21 0:46 3 8 Fumble
2:39 WVU 25 0:11 1 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:45 WVU 28 0:29 4 72 TD
12:40 WVU 30 0:47 4 -3 INT
9:59 WVU 20 2:37 10 80 TD
6:22 WVU 37 1:21 6 14 Punt
1:26 WVU 21 0:31 4 40 Fumble
0:10 KSTATE 30 0:10 1 30 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WVU 25 2:14 7 39 Punt
9:19 WVU 3 1:55 6 25 Punt
3:45 WVU 20 1:22 5 44 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:35 WVU 29 1:09 3 5 Punt
7:41 KSTATE 48 1:26 3 5 Punt
4:33 KSTATE 38 4:05 9 34 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 KSTATE 39 1:37 4 -10 Punt
12:48 WVU 46 0:50 3 4 Punt
10:21 WVU 38 1:26 3 -1 Punt
8:32 WVU 3 0:59 3 -1 FG
6:24 WVU 47 3:35 7 21 FG
2:27 KSTATE 32 1:33 3 -2 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 KSTATE 37 2:06 5 63 TD
11:41 KSTATE 40 1:33 3 8 Punt
7:22 KSTATE 25 0:49 3 1 Punt
4:53 KSTATE 7 3:20 7 93 TD
0:48 KSTATE 39 0:32 2 31 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:45 KSTATE 20 3:18 7 35 Punt
7:08 WVU 26 3:18 7 11 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:15 KSTATE 20 1:44 8 58 FG
11:10 WVU 48 3:18 6 29 INT
6:05 KSTATE 3 1:22 3 -2 Punt