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Chuck Landon Grades the Herd … MU 44, N.C. CENTRAL 10

OFFENSE: B – This game was about some new faces. Sophomore slot receiver Jayden Harrison had four catches for 81 yards and an impressive 20.3 yards per catch average. Running back Knowledge McDaniel rushed for 67 yards and a TD on seven carries (9.6 yard-average). And Rasheen Ali proved he’s not a one-trick pony by catching eight passes for 47 yards and a TD, besides rushing for 45 yards. On the day, Ali had 16 touches for 92 yards.

DEFENSE: A – MU harassed the Eagles into converting only one of 12 third-down situations. The Herd also forced N.C. Central into punting 10 times.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C – The Herd’s kickoff and punt returns for nearly non-existent. And field-goal kicker Andrew Sanders was 1-for-2, making a 27-yarder, but missing from 45 yards.

COACHING: B – The Herd started slowly on offense and wasn’t efficient early before hitting its stride. MU was plagued by inconsistency most of the game. Eight penalties were too many.

0VERALL: B- – Oddly enough, MU didn’t play as well at home as it did on the road at Navy.

Chuck Landon Grades the Mountaineers … WVU 66, LIU 0

OFFENSE: A – The fans got to see who they wanted to see. Namely, redshirt freshman QB Garrett Greene. And he didn’t disappoint, rushing for 98 yards and two TDs on 14 carries while also completing 4 of 7 passes for 57 yards.

DEFENSE: A – LIU managed only 95 yards total offense, didn’t score, was a meager 2-for-13 on third-down conversions and managed only 1.8 yards per play offense.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A+ – Winston Wright Jr. returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a TD. Besides that, WVU didn’t punt a single time.

COACHING: A – WVU wanted to get Greene some significant playing time, renew the team’s confidence after a very disappointing loss at Maryland and play a ton of players. Mission accomplished.

OVERALL: A – The Mountaineers needed a feel-good game before their big rivalry battle with Virginia Tech on Saturday.


Chuck Landon is a sports columnist for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at

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