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Neal Brown Knows Missouri’s Weakness and is Going to Exploit It

Neal Brown Knows Missouri’s Weakness and is Going to Exploit It

Missouri lost their opener to Wyoming by a final score of 37-31. When you look at several statistics from the game, it looks like the Tigers dominated. Kelly Bryant threw for 423 yards and a couple touchdowns. They had 114 yards rushing as a team. Not great, but good enough. Missouri had one glaring weakness in their game against Wyoming and West Virginia head coach Neal Brown knows it:

The Missouri Tigers defense was absolutely thrashed by the rushing attack of the Wyoming freaking Cowboys.

Wyoming only had 92 yards passing for the game, but were still able to put up 37 points. How? They had 297 yards on the ground and averaged 7.1 yards per carry. Wyoming dominated Missouri


by pounding the rock.

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It should be noted that WVU had a disastrous effort on the ground against James Madison. You know who realizes this? Neal Brown. He’s already made mention of it and is working toward a solution so he can exploit this suspect Missouri rushing defense.

Brown refused to pin the blame on one group specifically. At the same time he held everyone accountable.

Coach Neal Brown could waste time making excuses about why West Virginia was unable to get the ground game rolling against James Madison. “Their d-line is a lot better than people realize.” “This is a new system for these guys and they need more reps.” Brown said nothing like that and is instead back in the lab working on correcting what went wrong against the Dukes.

Despite the lack of rushing success against James Madison, the Mountaineers still have the necessary tools to get the ground game going in a big way. You may have heard about the four talented backs the Mountaineers have. Then there are the two Mountaineer offensive lineman who were named to the Outland Trophy Watch List.

The two keys to pulling off in the upset are:

  1. Get after Kelly Bryant. After the first game the Mountaineer pass rush looked as good as any unit on the team. The Stills brothers were living in the backfield. The homegrown brothers aren’t the only ones who can rush the passer. Reuben Jones brought a blue chip pass rusher to WVU when he transferred in from Michigan. And don’t forget Taijh Alston. He had a sack against James Madison and will bringing heat from the weakside all game long against Missouri.
  2. The other key to the game is to get the ground game knows it. Neal Brown knows it and Missouri knows it, but doesn’t matter. In order to get a win on the road, HCNB needs to establish the run and take pressure off of Austin Kendall for his first road start as a college football quarterback.

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Look for a much improved rushing attack for WVU in their second game of the season against Missouri.

Sean is a writer and co-owner at MountaineerSports.com

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