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Grier throws 5 TDs, No. 12 WVU rocks Kansas State 35-6

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen isn't worried about quarterback Will Grier being overwhelmed by the attention and pressure that comes with being a Heisman Trophy candidate. Grier has thrown far too many passes. Played in far too many games. Diagnosed far too many defenses to let the hype train get in his head.

''I'm not worried about overloading him,'' Holgorsen said. ''He's mature. He's grounded. He's comfortable on where he's at. He knows how to handle this. He's a professional that's in college.''

Looks like it.

Grier and the 12th-ranked Mountaineers overcame a sluggish start to drill Kansas State 35-6 in the Big 12 opener for both teams on Saturday. The senior completed 25 of 35 passes for 356 yards with five touchdowns, three of them to David Sills, and two interceptions as West Virginia (3-0) enjoyed a rare breather against the Wildcats.

The previous four meetings between the two schools had been decided by a total of 13 points. Not this time. Once Grier and the Mountaineers got rolling late in the first half, it was over.

Grier, as he's done since taking over the starting job at the beginning of last season, led the way. Having one of the best red zone targets in the country helps - all three of Sills' touchdowns came on 1-yard passes - but Grier loves to go deep too. He found Marcus Simms for an 82-yard catch-and-run to open the scoring and later lofted a perfect rainbow to Tevin Bush that Bush turned into a 62-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

''Everybody looks at passing stats, but I love the way he manages a game,'' Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said of Grier. ''They allow him to call the offense so to speak and he does a marvelous job of that.''

Skylar Thompson completed 11 of 17 passes for 145 yards for Kansas State (2-2) and Alex Delton came on late with the game out of hand and finished 7 of12 for 82 yards. Delton also added 28 yards rushing but by then it was far too late for the Wildcats.

''We were just a bad offense, period,'' Snyder said. ''Like sandlot football for a while.''

TURNING POINT

Trailing just 7-0 midway through the second quarter and facing fourth-and-inches at the Kansas State 43, the Wildcats opted to go for it. Quarterback Skylar Thompson ran a quick option and pitched the ball to running back Alex Barnes, who was hit for a 4-yard loss .

Seven plays later, Grier found Sills for a 1-yard score to put the Mountaineers up 14-0. After forcing Kansas State to a three-and-out, West Virginia needed just 55 seconds to go 73 yards, the last one coming on a pretty grab in the back of the end zone by Sills, to make it 21-0 at the break.

When asked if he would run the same play again on fourth day again, Snyder responded simply ''yes, yes, yes'' before adding a not-so subtle dig at his team.

''I went in the locker room and I accepted the responsibility of being behind in the ball game at halftime with our players because there were two touchdowns following that,'' Snyder said. ''But I can't coach a team that can't get six inches on a play.''

NO COASTING

The Mountaineers kept pointing to last season's 28-23 escape on the road against the Wildcats - when West Virginia was shut out in the second half and needed to hold on late - as proof they couldn't afford to let up. They didn't. Call it a byproduct of spending last weekend watching instead of playing while Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the Carolinas.

After a Kansas State field goal made it 21-3, Grier found a streaking Bush to push West Virginia's lead to 25. The Mountaineers then converted a Kansas State fumble into another 1-yard touchdown to Sills and the blowout was on.

''I think having that week off really humbled us a little bit,'' Sills said. ''We were watching football last Saturday, just wishing we were out there. So, we came out for this game hungry. I think when you play good on all three sides of the ball, then that's what the outcome looks like.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Kansas State: The Wildcats have some serious issues on offense. They managed just 77 yards in the first half and didn't cross midfield until their first possession of the third quarter. Snyder declined to name a starting quarterback for next week's game against Texas, joking there's a chance he might get the nod.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers seem to be more comfortable going fast than slow. Four of their five touchdown drives took less than 2 minutes.

UP NEXT

Kansas State: Hosts the Longhorns next Saturday. The Wildcats have won the last five meetings with Texas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

West Virginia: Travels to Texas Tech next Saturday. The Mountaineers have won four straight over the Red Raiders.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 13:53
10-B.Lynch 38 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
28
yds
01:05
pos
6
35
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:39
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
35
Touchdown 7:39
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
4
plays
17
yds
01:08
pos
3
34
Point After TD 9:01
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
28
Touchdown 9:01
7-W.Grier complete to 14-T.Bush. 14-T.Bush runs 62 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
77
yds
01:45
pos
3
27
Field Goal 10:56
10-B.Lynch 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
70
yds
04:00
pos
3
21
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:02
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
21
Touchdown 0:02
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
7
plays
73
yds
00:55
pos
0
20
Point After TD 2:31
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 2:31
7-W.Grier complete to 13-D.Sills. 13-D.Sills runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
7
plays
39
yds
02:31
pos
0
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:46
30-E.Staley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 4:46
7-W.Grier complete to 8-M.Simms. 8-M.Simms runs 82 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
96
yds
00:35
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 17 20
Rushing 7 3
Passing 9 16
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 3-14 8-12
4th Down Conv 0-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 295 460
Total Plays 65 64
Avg Gain 4.5 7.2
Net Yards Rushing 91 108
Rush Attempts 36 28
Avg Rush Yards 2.5 3.9
Net Yards Passing 204 352
Comp. - Att. 18-29 25-36
Yards Per Pass 7.0 9.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-23 1-4
Penalties - Yards 8-69 3-35
Touchdowns 0 5
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 0 5
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 4
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 3
Punts - Avg 6-44.5 2-31.5
Return Yards 76 43
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-25
Kickoffs - Returns 5-72 2-18
Int. - Returns 3-4 0-0
Kicking 2/3 5/6
Extra Points 0/0 5/5
Field Goals 2/3 0/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Kansas State 2-2 00336
12 West Virginia 3-0 71414035
204 PASS YDS 352
91 RUSH YDS 108
295 TOTAL YDS 460
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.7% 145 0 0 136.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.1% 505 4 1 140.3
S. Thompson 11/17 145 0 0
A. Delton 5 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.3% 82 0 0 115.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48.4% 259 1 2 116.3
A. Delton 7/12 82 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Barnes 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 49 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
63 277 1
A. Barnes 12 49 0 9
A. Delton 5 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 116 0
A. Delton 8 28 0 18
S. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
49 176 1
S. Thompson 12 18 0 16
J. Silmon 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 18 0
J. Silmon 1 0 0 0
D. Warmack 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 37 0
D. Warmack 3 -4 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
I. Zuber 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 133 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 356 3
I. Zuber 10 133 0 40
D. Schoen 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 64 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 194 2
D. Schoen 3 64 0 35
Z. Reuter 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 86 0
Z. Reuter 2 14 0 7
B. Gammon 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 23 0
B. Gammon 1 9 0 9
A. Barnes 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 65 0
A. Barnes 2 7 0 8
I. Harris 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
I. Harris 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
E. Walker 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
E. Walker 8-0 0.0 0
D. Patton 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
D. Patton 8-0 0.0 0
E. Sullivan 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
E. Sullivan 5-0 0.0 0
J. Mittie 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
J. Mittie 4-0 1.0 0
A. Parker 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
A. Parker 4-0 0.0 1
D. Shelley 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Shelley 3-0 0.0 0
J. McPherson 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
J. McPherson 2-0 0.0 1
W. Hubert 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
W. Hubert 2-0 0.0 0
K. Adams 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
K. Adams 2-1 0.0 0
J. Davies 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Davies 1-0 0.0 0
J. Durham 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
J. Durham 1-0 0.0 1
W. Neil, Jr. 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
W. Neil, Jr. 1-0 0.0 0
R. Walker 51 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Walker 1-0 0.0 0
D. Patterson 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Patterson 1-0 0.0 0
K. Ball 44 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Ball 1-1 0.0 0
W. Gill 21 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
W. Gill 1-0 0.0 0
K. McGee 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. McGee 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Lynch 10 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 0/0
SEASON FG XP
9/11 7/7
B. Lynch 2/3 38 0/0 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Hicks 18 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 49.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
14 43.9 1
A. Hicks 4 49.0 1 62
B. Rodriguez 29 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 35.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
7 35.3 0
B. Rodriguez 2 35.5 0 40
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Shelley 8 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 12.3 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 18.2 22 0
D. Shelley 3 12.3 22 0
I. Zuber 7 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 17.5 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 14.6 19 0
I. Zuber 2 17.5 19 0
S. Sizelove 41 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
S. Sizelove 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.4% 356 5 2 192.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
74.7% 1117 14 3 215.8
W. Grier 25/35 356 5 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. McKoy 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 73 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 167 1
K. McKoy 12 73 0 16
L. Brown 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 171 1
L. Brown 8 23 0 7
M. Pettaway 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 151 0
M. Pettaway 6 18 0 7
W. Grier 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 -7 0
W. Grier 1 -4 0 -4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 136 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 295 1
M. Simms 5 136 1 82
D. Sills V 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 73 3
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 246 5
D. Sills V 10 73 3 23
T. Bush 14 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 69 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 79 1
T. Bush 2 69 1 62
G. Jennings Jr. 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 241 4
G. Jennings Jr. 3 31 0 17
T. Simmons 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 113 1
T. Simmons 3 31 0 12
J. Haskins 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 28 0
J. Haskins 1 15 0 15
M. Pettaway 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 -4 0
M. Pettaway 1 1 0 1
T. Wesco 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 35 0
T. Wesco 0 0 0 0
D. Maiden 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 48 1
D. Maiden 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Avery Jr. 3 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
T. Avery Jr. 8-0 0.0 0
D. Long Jr. 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 2.0
D. Long Jr. 8-0 2.0 0
D. Tonkery 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
D. Tonkery 5-0 0.0 0
J. Stewart 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
J. Stewart 4-1 0.0 0
K. Robinson Jr. 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
K. Robinson Jr. 4-0 0.0 0
D. Askew-Henry 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
D. Askew-Henry 4-1 0.0 0
K. Washington 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
K. Washington 3-0 0.0 0
Da. Stills 55 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
Da. Stills 2-0 0.0 0
K. Bigelow Jr. 40 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Bigelow Jr. 1-0 0.0 0
J. Robinson 12 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Robinson 1-0 0.0 0
J. Norwood 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Norwood 1-0 0.0 0
A. Hensley 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Hensley 1-0 1.0 0
S. Campbell 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Campbell 1-0 0.0 0
H. Bailey 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
H. Bailey 1-0 0.0 0
R. Donahue 46 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Donahue 1-0 0.0 0
J. Pooler Jr. 13 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Pooler Jr. 1-0 1.0 0
J. Chandler 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Chandler 1-0 0.0 0
D. Pitts Jr. 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Pitts Jr. 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Staley 30 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 5/5
SEASON FG XP
3/4 16/16
E. Staley 0/1 0 5/5 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Kinney 15 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 31.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 41.3 1
B. Kinney 2 31.5 1 32
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 9.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 15.7 14 0
M. Simms 2 9.0 14 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Simms 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 25.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 9.3 25 0
M. Simms 1 25.0 25 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:37 KSTATE 6 3:03 5 18 Punt
7:41 KSTATE 28 2:11 4 13 Punt
4:45 KSTATE 10 1:09 3 4 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:12 KSTATE 13 1:39 8 29 Punt
6:57 KSTATE 34 1:54 4 5 Downs
2:26 KSTATE 22 1:21 3 8 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 KSTATE 22 4:00 10 70 FG
8:55 KSTATE 17 0:00 1 0 Fumble
7:33 KSTATE 13 5:19 11 47 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:06 WVU 39 1:05 8 20 FG
10:42 KSTATE 41 2:46 6 43 FG Miss
4:15 KSTATE 18 3:41 10 52 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WVU 15 1:56 6 -9 INT
9:26 WVU 45 1:38 5 27 Fumble
5:21 WVU 4 0:35 2 96 TD
3:23 WVU 49 1:05 3 7 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:06 WVU 22 6:02 11 44 FG Miss
5:02 KSTATE 39 2:31 7 39 TD
0:57 WVU 27 0:55 7 73 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:46 WVU 23 1:45 4 77 TD
8:47 KSTATE 17 1:08 4 17 TD
2:08 WVU 20 0:57 3 41 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:48 WVU 25 2:56 8 2 Punt
7:49 WVU 34 3:26 6 -16 INT
0:28 WVU 40 0:00 1 -1