Mountaineers Monopolize One-Point Games in December and January

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Kansas State 24, West Virginia 23
*Kansas State senior Morgan Burns returned a kickoff 97 yards for the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
*West Virginia outgained K-State 447 to 304.
*This year’s game is in Morgantown October 1.

Cactus Bowl
Saturday, January 2, 2016
West Virginia 43, Arizona State 42
*This was the only bowl game decided by a point, and it was one of the most entertaining games of the entire bowl season.
*In a contest that featured almost 1200 yards of total offense and over 50 first downs, it was a defensive stand that was decisive.  Down by a point and needing only about 20 yards to reach field goal range, Arizona State was stopped right at midfield by the West Virginia defense.
Sun Devil quarterback Mike Bercovici threw incomplete four straight times with less than two minutes to go.
(See the January 3 post “Saturday’s Bowls in Review:  TaxSlayer, Liberty, Alamo, Cactus.”  It also included an account of the Alamo Bowl  –  Texas Christian’s record-tying comeback win over Oregon.)

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