Nov 11, 2017
BUCKHANNON -- West Virginia State ended Wesleyan's hopes for a winning season Saturday afternoon, defeating the home standing Bobcats 45-28 at Cebe Ross Field.
The loss overshadowed an epic rushing performance by running back Devin Montgomery and the Bobcat offensive line. Montgomery ran wild all day, sprinting to 310 yards on 24 carries. It was only the second 300-yard rushing game in school history.
While the Wesleyan offense hit its stride with 537 total yards, the effort was hampered by five turnovers (three interceptions and two lost fumbles). The Bobcats outgained the vaunted Yellow Jacket offense 537-495, but could not overcome the turnovers.
State went up 14-0 early, getting an 18-yard scoring strike from Matt Kinnick to Quinton Gray, and 39-yard touchdown rush from freshman Dylan Lucas. Wesleyan answered with an 11-yard scoring pass from Ryan Deal to freshman Kenny Lewis Jr.
State led 24-14 at the half with Wesleyan's second touchdown a 26-yard run from Tra Jackson. Jackson added a four-yard score just two minutes into the third quarter, cutting the margin to 24-21. Jackson rushed for 86 yards of his own on 14 carries.
State scored the next two touchdowns to gain some separation with a 38-21 advantage. Wesleyan added a fourth quarter touchdown with Deal hitting Dante Satcher for a weaving 48-yard score.
Lucas led the State rushing attack with 100 yards on 13 carries. Kinnick passed for 269 yards on 21-of-29 passes.
Deal passed for 109 yards on 9-of-17 attempts. Lewis led the receiving corps with three receptions for 57 yards.
Senior linebacker Brandon Grayson led the defense with 12 tackles (10 solo, two assist). He closed his final season with 99 total tackles.
"At the end of the day, we didn't play or coach well enough to win today," Smith said. "We had some opportunities but did not capitalize. I am very proud of our seniors and their commitment to this program. The bright spot of our day was that we rushed for well over 400 yards."
Wesleyan ended their campaign 5-5 in the MEC and 5-6 overall. State ends their season 6-5, and 5-5 in the league as well. Unofficially, the Jackets end the season fourth in the league standings, while the Bobcats also end in the upper division in fifth place.