September 14, 2019 / 8:11 PM / 2 months ago

Kendall helps West Virginia topple N.C. State

West Virginia quarterback Austin Kendall threw three touchdown passes and the Mountaineers used an impressive second half to defeat visiting North Carolina State 44-27 on Saturday afternoon at Morgantown, W.Va.

Sep 14, 2019; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker Dylan Tonkery (10) and West Virginia Mountaineers players talk with North Carolina State Wolfpack co-defensive coordinator Tony Gibson before their game at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia drove for a go-ahead field goal on the first possession of the second half and then converted for a touchdown shortly after a blocked punt set up the Mountaineers at the Wolfpack 12.

Kendall ended up 27 of 40 for 272 yards with one interception. His 9-yard touchdown strike to diving Ali Jennings in the fourth quarter boosted West Virginia (2-1) to a 38-27 lead.

Leddie Brown added a 3-yard touchdown run with 3:04 to play.

West Virginia’s Sam James caught nine passes for 155 yards.

N.C. State quarterback Matthew McKay was 23 of 48 for 207 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver Thayer Thomas caught a touchdown pass and threw for a touchdown.

Thomas’ younger brother, freshman linebacker Drake Thomas, intercepted a third-quarter pass, but N.C. State (2-1) converted for only a 37-yard field goal from Christopher Dunn to close within 31-27.

In the first half, on a double-pass play, Thayer Thomas threw a tie-breaking 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cary Angeline with 3:13 to play in the second quarter.

Kendall threw to George Campbell for a 13-yard touchdown play with 34 seconds left in the half, which ended in a 21-21 tie.

Kendall threw 20 yards to James for a West Virginia touchdown to open the scoring. That was the first touchdown allowed by the Wolfpack this season.

N.C. State pulled even in the first quarter when McKay threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Thayer Thomas.

Less than a minute later, the Mountaineers were back on top on Kennedy McKoy’s 23-yard run. N.C. State countered on Jordan Hudson’s 1-yard run.

The teams were supposed to meet last year at N.C. State, but the threat of a hurricane caused that game to be wiped off the schedule. So the most-recent meeting came in the 2010 Sports Champs Bowl, which was won by N.C. State.

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