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Rapid Recap: West Virginia 41 - Liberty 17

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The Mountaineers remain undefeated this season after beating Liberty handily, and are ready to move on to a sold out game against Maryland in two weeks. Here are seven takeaways from West Virginia's win over the Flames.

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  • Let's pour a 40 out for #SHUTOUT2015. The Mountaineer defense went 100 minutes and 25 seconds of gametime without allowing an opponent to score. It should be interesting to see what this defense looks like when Gibby starts dialing it up in conference play.
  • Chalk it up to nerves last week. Skyler Howard looked much, much better this week. At one point in the 3rd quarter he had completed 11 straight passes, with his last incompletion coming in the 1st quarter. He went 21/26 for 263 yard and 3 TDs on the day.
  • Jared Barber sat the game out with a shoulder injury, but we would have never known because Al-Rasheed Benton stepped into the middle linebacker position and had a great performance. This is going to go a long way in Big 12 conference play when we're going to need that depth to stay competitive if we want a shot at the Big 12 Championship.
  • Josh Lambert is going to break his own record this season. Lambert set the record for most attempted field goals in a season in 2014 with 39 attempts, and made 30 of those which was 1 shy of tying the record for most field goals made . He is already 5/6 on field goals for the season. I wouldn't be surprised to see him break both records.
  • WE CAN FIELD A PUNT! KJ Dillon is doing a solid job back there returning punts, and even had on return that went for a 19 yard gain. True freshman Gary Jennings also had a nice catch and return late in the 4th quarter that was negated by a blocking penalty. I'd say it's the most competent we've seen the punt return team in a long while, and should only get better from here.
  • Elijah Wellman finally got his first touchdown as a Mountaineer on a beautiful 4 yard play action pass from Skyler Howard in the 3rd quarter. Wellman should provide us with another weapon in the red zone as the season goes on.
  • Speaking of the red zone, the Mountaineers still look a little iffy with the red zone offense. West Virginia had a couple drives sputter out inside the 20, and had to settle for field goals. I have full confidence that Coach Holgorsen will get this corrected, but right now it seems to be this year's Achilles' heel.