Sep 12, 2020; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers running back Leddie Brown (4) celebrates after running for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

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West Virginia opens with 56-10 rout of Eastern Kentucky

Jarret Doege threw three first-half touchdown passes and West Virginia cruised to a season-opening 56-10 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon in Morgantown, W. Va.

The Mountaineers (1-0) buried the Colonels (0-2) with 28 points in the second quarter and 42 in the first half.

Doege, who won the job over incumbent starter Austin Kendall, delivered an efficient performance for West Virginia. He completed 19 of 25 passes for 228 yards and three scores without an interception.

Doege guided the Mountaineers to six first-half touchdowns before being removed at halftime so that Kendall could get some work in the second half.

West Virginia also racked up 329 yards on the ground against Eastern Kentucky. Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield each rushed for exactly 123 yards and two touchdowns. Brown also caught a touchdown pass.

Brown opened the scoring with a 10-yard run to cap WVU’s opening possession. His 15-yard catch from Doege capped the next possession and put the Mountaineers ahead 14-0.

They extended the lead to 21-0 on Doege’s 32-yard scoring pass to Sam James at the 12:59 mark of the second quarter.

The Colonels got on the board when Peyton McKinney completed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Keyion Dixon with 10:49 left in the first half.

The Mountaineers answered with three more first-half touchdowns — runs by Sinkfield (8 yards) and Brown (8 yards) and an 8-yard pass from Doege to Bryce Ford-Wheaton — to build a commanding 42-7 lead at intermission.

McKinney completed 9 of 17 passes for 131 yards with one TD and one interception.

James led West Virginia’s receivers with 72 yards on five receptions.

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