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The Sunday Hangover: Recaps and Reactions from West Virginia’s 20-13 win over James Madison

West Virginia overcame early struggles to put the Dukes away in the second half to give Neal Brown his first win as Mountaineer head coach. Let’s see what the media is saying about the performance today.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AUG 31 James Madison at West Virginia Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Recaps and Features

Neal Brown's debut wasn't pretty - except for the only stat that matters | WV MetroNews
The honeymoon ended with 10:35 remaining in the fourth quarter. After nine months of plaudits, Neal Brown got his first taste of a head coach’s life in the Power Five as a smattering of boos sprinkled down from the upper deck at sold-out Milan Puskar Stadium. More than a few of the 61,891 paid customers expressed their distaste for a conservative run call on third down.

Second-half adjustments boost West Virginia defense to strong finish | WV MetroNews
West Virginia defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, in the care-free demeanor he’s shown since he arrived in Morgantown in January after following Neal Brown from Troy, sensed his defense was going to get better after a rough first quarter Saturday against James Madison.

WVU notebook: Neal Brown makes bold decisions in JMU win | The Morgantown News
We’re one game into the Neal Brown era at West Virginia, so it’s far too early to describe Brown as a “riverboat gambler,” when it comes to coaching decisions. Still, the Mountaineers’ first-year head coach boldly rolled the dice in the final minute of Saturday’s tight contest.

Neal Brown escapes with close win over James Madison in WVU debut | WV MetroNews
Neal Brown’s hotly anticipated West Virginia debut nearly turned into a massive dud, but the Mountaineers made enough plays in the fourth quarter to turn back upset-minded James Madison 20-13.

Takeaways, special teams make difference in season opener | WV Illustrated
The Neal Brown era in Morgantown began with a victory and Country Roads, as the Mountaineers survived a test against FCS No. 2 James Madison, winning 20-13. As advertised, earning that victory was far from an easy task.

WVU football notebook: Receiver Tevin Bush makes plays count vs. JMU | WV MetroNews
After a rocky first half Saturday against James Madison, West Virginia receiver Tevin Bush knew the Mountaineer offense needed a spark. He obliged.

Big Plays From Little Tevin Bush Down James Madison | West Virginia University Athletics
It figures the biggest play in the football game would come from the littlest guy on the football field.


PHOTOS: Mountaineers get the opening victory against JMU | WV Illustrated
A collection of photos from West Virginia's 20-13 season opening win over James Madison

Photo Gallery: Mountaineer Mantrip - James Madison game | WV MetroNews
A gallery of images as West Virginia enters the stadium for the season opener with James Madison.