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West Virginia scores on every drive in 65-7 rout of Towson

Sep 17, 2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Kaden Prather (3) catches a pass for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Towson Tigers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Big freshman CJ Donaldson Jr. carried nine times for 101 yards and three touchdowns to help West Virginia cruise to a 65-7 win over visiting Towson Saturday afternoon in Morgantown.

Tony Mathis Jr. added 17 carries for 104 yards and two touchdowns while JT Daniels completed 16 of 24 passes for 174 yards and another score as West Virginia (1-2) momentarily cooled the hot seat of embattled coach Neal Brown.

In improving to 23-0 all-time against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision, the Mountaineers dominated the Tigers (2-1) with a nearly flawless performance.

Using four different quarterbacks, the Mountaineers scored on all 10 of their possessions without committing a turnover. The Mountaineers’ first accepted penalty came on the next-to-last play of the first half.

WVU finished with many more yards, 624-180, and first downs 32-11. While the Mountaineers had 235 yards rushing in the first half, the Tigers had -3.

Towson’s lone touchdown came on a 96-yard kickoff return by D’Ago Hunter.

One decision by Brown that Mountaineer fans can’t quibble with is the preseason shift of Donaldson from tight end to running back. In three games, the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Donaldson has carried 29 times for 274 yards and six touchdowns.

In the first quarter on Saturday, Donaldson side-stepped two defenders and broke into the clear on an 82-yard touchdown run that put WVU up 21-7.

In two second-quarter drives, when the Mountaineers turned to Donaldson on third-and-goal from the 3 and fourth-and-goal from the 1, he delivered touchdown carries.

West Virginia started fast, driving 75 yards on 10 plays in an efficient march in which the Mountaineers never faced third down. Kaden Prather capped it with the first touchdown of his college career on a 2-yard pass from Daniels. Prather finished with a team-high six receptions for 51 yards.

After Hunter’s kickoff return touchdown, the Mountaineers took the lead for good with another 75-yard march, this one capped by a 3-yard touchdown carry by Mathis that made it 14-7.

In the second half, backup quarterback Garrett Greene scored on an 11-yard touchdown run. Then third-string quarterback Will Crowder completed all six of his passes for 57 yards and a touchdown throw to Jeremiah Aaron.

No. 4 quarterback Nicco Marchiol capped the Mountaineers’ scoring with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Preston Fox.

–Field Level Media