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  NOV 28 BIG 12 CO-NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Jaylen Anderson, WVU, RB, Fr.,...Anderson finished with a career-high 155 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns in West Virginia's 24-19 win at Oklahoma State. The freshman recorded his first career 100-yard rushing performance, marking the eighth time a WVU player has had 100 or more yards in a game this season. Anderson's 155 yards are the second-highest rushing performance by a WVU player this season. He ran for a 54-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter, the first score of his career. Later in the frame, he scored again on a career-long, 57-yard run. Anderson's 15 carries and two touchdowns were also career-bests. - Big 12 Football

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  Jaylen Anderson ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns, and West Virginia defeated Oklahoma State 24-19 on Saturday afternoon. Anderson, a redshirt freshman, had rushed for 120 yards all season before the game. He paced a West Virginia ground attack that pounded out 250 yards rushing on a cold, rainy day that kept most fans at home. West Virginia (5-7, 3-6 Big 12) snapped a seven-game losing skid in the series. Oklahoma State's home win streak ended at 14 games. Oklahoma State freshman Ollie Gordon ran for 136 yards and a touchdown. Garret Rangel started at quarterback for the Cowboys in place of Spencer Sanders, who has dealt with injuries throughout the season. Rangel passed for 178 yards.

Oklahoma State (7-5, 4-5) took over trailing 24-19 with 1:29 remaining, but Rangel threw four straight incomplete passes. Oklahoma State led 10-7 at halftime as the teams produced just 301 combined yards. West Virginia opened the second half with a scoring drive that ended with Anderson's 54-yard touchdown run. Anderson followed that with a 57-yard scoring run minutes later that put the Mountaineers up 21-10. Gordon scored on a 23-yard touchdown run later in the quarter, but the 2-point conversion failed, leaving West Virginia ahead 21-19. Casey Legg's 34-yard field goal pushed the Mountaineers' lead to 24-19 with about six minutes to play. - West Virginia/AP College Football


rFr/2025 RB Jaylen AndersonWest Virginia
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  West Virginia fired athletic director Shane Lyons on Monday, a move that comes amid the worst stretch for the football team in more than four decades. President Gordon Gee said there were no immediate plans to make changes under coach Neal Brown. Lyons is gone after nearly eight years. Gee said in a statement that Rob Alsop, WVU's vice president for strategic initiatives, has been named interim athletic director while a search is ongoing for Lyons' replacement. Brown has a 21-24 record in his fourth season, including 4-6 this year. It's the worst stretch since the football team went 17-27 under Frank Cignetti from 1976-79.

In September, after West Virginia started the football season 0-2 and fans turned up their criticism of Brown, Lyons said he would take a wait-and-see approach for the remainder of the season. Fans also had criticized Lyons' move to give Brown a contract extension following a 6-4 record in 2020, his only winning season. "We are supporting coach Neal Brown and our team as we complete our season over the next few weeks," Gee said in a statement. "We are aware there are some deficiencies, but we have not given up on the coach and the team, and they have not given up on each other. "The evaluation of the football program will be the first task of our new athletic director and no changes will be made until that review has been completed." Lyons was hired in January 2015 to succeed Oliver Luck. He previously served as deputy athletic director at Alabama and as associate commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference. - AP College Football


rSr/2023 QB JT DanielsWest Virginia
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  NOV 14 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Garrett Greene, WVU, QB, So.,...Greene entered the game in relief and accounted for 257 yards of offense and three touchdowns in West Virginia's 23-20 win over Oklahoma. He had 14 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns on the ground plus completed 12-of-22 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown through the air. The sophomore QB has three rushing TDs on the season and seven in his career. He recorded his second career 100-yard rushing game and has thrown a touchdown in each of the last two games. - Big 12 Football

rSo/2025 QB Garrett GreeneWest Virginia
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  NOV 14 BIG 12 CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Oliver Straw, WVU, P, Fr.,...In a field-position game, Straw had six punts for 263 yards, averaging 43.8 yards per punt in WVU's win over OU. He had a long of 51 yards, placed four inside the Oklahoma 20- yard line and two within the Sooners' 10-yard line. The freshman recorded punts of 49, 45, 36, 35, 51 and 47 yards. - Big 12 Football

Fr/2026 P Oliver StrawWest Virginia
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  Backup quarterback Garrett Greene ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third score, and Casey Legg's 25-yard field goal as time ran out lifted West Virginia to a 23-20 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday. West Virginia (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) beat the Sooners for the first time since joining the Big 12 in 2012. The Mountaineers avoided being eliminated from bowl consideration but still must win its final two games to qualify for the postseason. Oklahoma (5-5, 2-5) will have to wait another week to try to become bowl eligible. The Sooners had the chance to retake the lead but Zach Schmit's 46-yard field goal try hit the right upright with 6:24 remaining. West Virginia took over at its 29 and Greene drove the Mountaineers the length of the field. He converted a fourth-down pass for 5 yards to Bryce Ford-Wheaton to the Oklahoma 34 and he ran 7 yards on third down to the Oklahoma 10 with 51 seconds left.

That set the stage for Legg, who has made all 13 of his field goal tries this season. Oklahoma's Marvin Mims rushed for 211 yards, including TD runs of 12 and 5 yards. His second score put the Sooners ahead 20-13 late in the third quarter. Mims now has 1,113 yards for the season. Greene played two series in the first half and the entire second half in relief of JT Daniels. Greene's 11-yard TD run that followed his 16-yard pass to Kaden Prather on fourth down early in the fourth quarter tied the score at 20-20. Greene finished with 119 rushing yards on 14 carries. He completed 12 of 22 passes for 138 yards. Daniels had his second straight lackluster outing. He completed 7 of 12 passes for 65 yards and threw his seventh interception in the last five games. He also was sacked to push the Mountaineers out of field goal range late in the second quarter. - West Virginia/AP College Football


rSo/2025 QB Garrett GreeneWest Virginia
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  OCT 24 BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: West Virginia's Oliver Straw had five punts for 233 yards for an average of 46.6 yards per punt in West Virginia's loss at Texas Tech. He placed one inside the TTU 20-yard line, had one touchback and two that resulted in a fair catch. His punts went for 54, 37, 32, 47 and 63 yards. The 54-yarder was his longest of the season until he kicked the 63-yarder in the fourth quarter. - Big 12 Football

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  BIG 12 FOOTBALL CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Casey Legg, WVU, K, Jr.,...Legg hit the game-winning field goal with :33 seconds left to give WVU a 43-40 win over No. 23 Baylor. He also made a 23-yarder in the second quarter and connected on all five of his PAT attempts for 11 points in the game. He is 10-for-10 on field goals this season and has 11 career multi-field goal performances, including three in 2022. Legg ranks No. 8 in program history in career field goals made (36) and in kick scoring (183 points). - Big 12 Football

rSr/2023 K Casey LeggWest Virginia
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  BIG 12 FOOTBALL CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tony Mathis, WVU, RB, So.,...Mathis had 22 carries for a career-high 163 yards and two touchdowns in West Virginia's 43-40 win over No. 23 Baylor. He tallied WVU's most rushing yards in a game since Leddie Brown on Oct. 17, 2020, vs. Kansas (195) and reached 100 yards on the ground for the second time this season. The sophomore scored on a seven-yard run in the first quarter and added a 34-yarder in the fourth quarter for his second multiple-TD performance of the season. Mathis has five rushing scores this season and six in his career. - Big 12 Football

rSo/2025 RB Tony Mathis Jr.West Virginia
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  Tony Mathis rushed for a career-high 163 yards and two touchdowns and Casey Legg kicked a 22-yard field goal with 33 seconds left to lift West Virginia to a 43-40 victory over Baylor on Thursday night. Mathis came up big in the absence of West Virginia's leading rusher, CJ Donaldson, who was ruled out of the game after entering the concussion protocol during a loss at Texas on Oct. 1. Mathis scored on a 34-yard run with 7:05 left and set up the winning field goal with a 37-yard run to the Baylor 8. He surpassed his previous best of 118 yards against Kansas last year. West Virginia (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) compiled 217 rushing yards.

Baylor had one last chance starting from its 23-yard line. But backup quarterback Kyron Drones threw two incompletions and was tackled near midfield on a scramble as time ran out. Defending Big 12 champion Baylor (3-3, 2-2) lost its second straight game despite rolling up 590 yards of offense. The Bears lost starting quarterback Blake Shapen in the third quarter when he slid at the end of a scramble and took a helmet-to-helmet hit from West Virginia's Andrew Wilson-Lamp. Wilson-Lamp was flagged for targeting. The call was upheld upon review and Wilson-Lamp was ejected. Shapen left the field, went to a medical tent to be evaluated and did not return. Shapen completed 14 of 22 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns. Drones replaced Shapen and led Baylor on two touchdown drives. After Qualan Jones scored on a 2-yard run with 13:39 remaining, West Virginia's Dante Stills blocked the extra-point kick, teammate Jacolby Spells picked up the loose ball and ran the length of the field to give the Mountaineers two points. Baylor still led at that point 37-33. - West Virginia/AP College Football


rSo/2025 RB Tony Mathis Jr.West Virginia
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  West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week's home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday. Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday's 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team. "He's recovering," Brown said. "There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I'm zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don't even start the return-to-play until they're symptom free." Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry. West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13. - AP College Football

Fr/2026 FB CJ DonaldsonWest Virginia
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  J.T. Daniels threw for 203 yards and a touchdown to lead West Virginia to a 33-10 win over Virginia Tech on Thursday night. Freshman CJ Donaldson rushed for 106 yards and West Virginia (2-2) got a strong performance from its defense to win its second straight game after losing the first two. The Mountaineers, who beat Virginia Tech for the second consecutive season, scored on five straight possessions spanning the first and second half. Daniels’ 24-yard touchdown pass to Sam James with 11 seconds left in the first half gave the Mountaineers a 13-7 lead, and they never trailed again.

The Hokies (2-2) closed within 16-10 on a field goal by Will Ross with 4:19 left in the third quarter. West Virginia answered, scoring on a 6-yard run by Justin Johnson Jr. with 14:13 left in the game. The Hokies had West Virginia stopped twice on the drive, but personal foul penalties on Norell Pollard and Dax Hollifield kept the drive alive. Penalties hindered the Hokies all night. They committed 15 for 132 yards. - West Virginia/AP College Football


rSr/2023 QB JT DanielsWest Virginia
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  Tony Mathis rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns, CJ Donaldson ran for 101 yards and three scores, and West Virginia breezed to a 65-7 victory over Towson on Saturday. On a day when West Virginia held a ceremony to honor some of its greatest offensive players, the Mountaineers (1-2) put together their best showing in a year, although it didn't quite make up for opening the season with close losses to No. 23 Pittsburgh and Kansas. West Virginia piled up 624 yards of offense, scored touchdowns on six of its seven first-half possessions and led its Championship Subdivision opponent 45-7 at halftime before pulling back with a short week before its next game.

Johnson, a freshman, had his second 100-yard rushing effort of the season and pushed his TD total to six. He had just nine carries, an average of 11.2-yards per attempt. He also blocked a punt in the opener against Pitt. Mathis exceeded his career total for touchdowns. He had one TD in 23 previous games. West Virginia had 316 rushing yards. Its six rushing touchdowns were the most since it had seven both against Connecticut and Western Michigan in 2007. JT Daniels completed 16 of 24 passes for 174 yards in the first half, including a 2-yard TD pass to Kaden Prather. Daniels was replaced by Garrett Greene, Will Crowder and Nicco Marchiol in the second half. - West Virginia/AP College Football


rSo/2025 RB Tony Mathis Jr.West Virginia
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  West Virginia coach Neal Brown ruled senior cornerback Charles Woods out for the second consecutive game after Woods was injured in the first quarter of the Pitt game. Fellow defensive back Aubrey Burks was injured against the Jayhawks and was listed by Brown as questionable. Offensive lineman Jordan White missed Saturday's game against Kansas but is expected to play on Saturday, with Miami transfer linebacker Tirek Austin-Cave expected to be active for the first time this season. - Charleston Gazette-Mail

rSr/2024 CB Charles WoodsWest Virginia
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  SEPT 5 BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: CJ Donaldson, WVU, RB, Fr.,...In the first game of his collegiate career, Donaldson scored his first touchdown on a five-yard rush in the third quarter against No. 17 Pitt. His first career carry went for 44 yards and he finished with a game-high 125 yards on seven carries. Donaldson is the first Mountaineer to rush for 100 yards in his collegiate debut since Martell Pettaway on Nov. 26, 2016, at Iowa State. The freshman also blocked a punt in the third quarter, West Virginia's first since Logan Thimons on Sept. 14, 2019, against NC State. - Big 12 Football

Fr/2026 FB CJ DonaldsonWest Virginia
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