2019 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

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2019 West Virginia Mountaineers football
West Virginia Mountaineers logo.svg
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
2019 record5–7 (3–6 Big 12)
Head coachNeal Brown (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorMatt Moore (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorChad Scott (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorVic Koenning (1st season)
Home stadiumMountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium (Capacity: 60,000)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Oklahoma y   8 1         11 1  
No. 7 Baylor y   8 1         11 1  
No. 25 Oklahoma State   5 4         8 4  
Kansas State   5 4         8 4  
Iowa State   5 4         7 5  
Texas   5 4         7 5  
West Virginia   3 6         5 7  
TCU   3 6         5 7  
Texas Tech   2 7         4 8  
Kansas   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Baylor vs. Oklahoma
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
As of December 6, 2019; Rankings from College Football Playoff

The 2019 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represents West Virginia University in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Mountaineers play their home games at the Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, in Morgantown, West Virginia, and compete in the Big 12 Conference. They are led by first-year head coach Neal Brown, who previously coached at Troy University.

Previous season[edit]

The Mountaineers finished the 2018 season 8–3, 6–3 in Big 12 play to finish in a tie for fourth place. They were invited to the Camping World Bowl where they lost to Syracuse.

Preseason[edit]

Big 12 media poll[edit]

The 2019 Big 12 media days were held July 15–16, 2019 in Frisco, Texas. In the Big 12 preseason media poll, West Virginia was predicted to finish in eighth in the standings.[1]

Big 12 media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Oklahoma 761 (68)
2 Texas 696 (9)
3 Iowa State 589
4 TCU 474
5 Oklahoma State 460
6 Baylor 453
7 Texas Tech 281
8 West Virginia 241
9 Kansas State 191
10 Kansas 89

Preseason All-Big 12 teams[edit]

To be released

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 312:00 p.m.No. 2 (FCS) James Madison*AT&TSN PittW 20–1361,891
September 712:00 p.m.at Missouri*ESPN2L 7–3851,215
September 1412:00 p.m.NC State*
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
FS1W 44–2757,052
September 214:30 p.m.at KansasESPN+W 29–2435,816
October 53:30 p.m.No. 11 Texasdagger
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
ABCL 31–4262,069
October 124:00 p.m.Iowa State
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
ESPNL 14–3851,836
October 1912:00 p.m.at No. 5 OklahomaFOXL 14–5282,620
October 318:00 p.m.at No. 12 BaylorESPNL 14–1746,379
November 912:00 p.m.Texas Tech
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
ESPN2L 17–3856,573
November 162:30 p.m.at No. 24 Kansas StateESPNW 24–2046,332
November 2312:00 p.m. No. 21 Oklahoma State
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
ESPN2L 13–2046,022
November 294:15 p.m.at TCUESPNW 20–1740,126

[2]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
Coaches RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Head Coach
Neal Brown
  • Assistant Coaches
Jahmile Addae – Defensive Backs
Xavier Dye – Wide Receivers
Vic KoenningDefensive Coordinator
Jordan Lesley – Defensive Line
Matt Moore – Co-Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line
Al Pogue – Outside Linebackers
Sean Reagan – Quarterbacks
Chad Scott – Co-Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs
Blake Seiler – Inside Linebackers
Travis Trickett – Tight Ends, Inside Receivers

Game summaries[edit]

James Madison[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 (FCS) Dukes 7 0 3 3 13
Mountaineers 0 3 7 10 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 Sep. 15, 2012 W, 42–12

at Missouri[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 0 0 0 7 7
Tigers 10 21 0 7 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–3 Sep. 3, 2016 W, 26–11

NC State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolfpack 7 14 6 0 27
Mountaineers 14 7 10 13 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–5 Dec. 28, 2010 L, 7–23

at Kansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 7 3 10 9 29
Jayhawks 0 7 10 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–1 Oct. 6, 2018 W, 38–22

West Virginia was expected to take advantage of observing the Jayhawks offensive performance the prior week where Kansas had beaten Boston College.[3] When the game rolled around, the Jayhawk offense made two specific mistakes that impacted the game: A lost fumble and a fourth quarter interception. Kansas averaged 7.4 yards per play on offense. It also appeared that KU kicker Liam Jones faked an injury after a field goal to make way for Jacob Borcila to "replace" him at the next kickoff to execute an onside kick--which they recovered but then lost due to a penalty. West Virginia won the game 29-24.[4]

Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 11 Longhorns 7 14 0 21 42
Mountaineers 7 7 3 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 Oct. 4, 2019 L, 32-41

Iowa State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cyclones 0 14 7 17 38
Mountaineers 7 7 0 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–2 Oct. 13, 2018 L, 14–30

at Oklahoma[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 0 14 0 0 14
No. 5 Sooners 14 14 21 3 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–9 Nov. 23, 2018 L, 56–59

at Baylor[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 0 0 14 0 14
No. 12 Bears 7 0 7 3 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–2 Oct. 25, 2018 W, 58–14

Texas Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Raiders 21 14 0 3 38
Mountaineers 3 7 0 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–2 Sep. 29, 2018 W, 42–34

at Kansas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 14 0 0 10 24
No. 24 Wildcats 10 3 7 0 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–5 Sep. 22, 2018 W, 35–6

West Virginia's Jarret Doege started at quarterback and threw for 234 yards and three touchdowns. This was the first start at West Virginia for Doege who transferred from Bowling Green, as Austin Kendall had been the starting quarterback all season for the Mountaineers. Doege's biggest throw was a 50-yard touchdown pass on third-and-22 in the fourth quarter to take the lead.[5]

Kansas State started strong, holding West Virginia to "three-and-out" and then Skylar Thompson threw a 68-yard touchdown pass on their first play from scrimmage. Thompson ended up 24 of 39 for 299 yards passing with a touchdown but also gave up two interceptions. On the ground, the Wildcats ran the ball 32 times but averaged only 3.2 yards per attempt.[5]

West Virginia cornerback Hakeem Bailey intercepted Skylar Thompson’s pass toward the end zone in the closing seconds of the game. The Mountaineers left Manhattan with a 24-20 upset of the Wildcats.[5]

Oklahoma State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 21 Cowboys 7 0 3 10 20
Mountaineers 0 10 3 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–6 Nov. 17, 2018 L, 41–45

at TCU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 7 3 3 7 20
Horned Frogs 7 3 7 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–4 Nov. 10, 2018 W, 47–10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sooners Picked First in Media Preseason Poll". big12sports.com. Big 12 Conference. July 10, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "2019 West Virginia Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Smith, Benton (September 20, 2019). "Game day breakdown: KU football vs. West Virginia". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Newell, Jesse (September 22, 2019). "Grades from KU football's 29-24 loss to West Virginia and looking ahead to TCU". Kansas City Star. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Skretta, Dave (November 16, 2019). "Kansas State stunned at home in 24-20 loss to West Virginia". Fox Sports. Retrieved November 18, 2019.