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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Leddie Brown broke open a close game with a long touchdown run in the third quarter and caught one of Jarret Doege’s three touchdown passes to lead West Virginia to a 38-17 victory Saturday over a winless Kansas team that was without coach Les Miles.

Before a crowd of 10,759 in the first game that West Virginia allowed the general public to attend amid the pandemic, the Mountaineers (3-1, 2-1 Big 12) overcame a bevy of mistakes to beat the Jayhawks for the seventh straight time.

With West Virginia clinging to a 17-10 lead late in the third quarter, Brown rumbled 87 yards up the middle untouched, the start of three straight touchdowns for the Mountaineers. The 210-pound junior compiled 195 yards on 18 carries, sitting out the fourth quarter.

Brown also had a 6-yard scoring reception in the second quarter from Doege, who also had TD passes of 33 yards to Bryce Ford-Wheaton and 8 yards to Sam James.

Doege completed 26 of 44 passes for 318 yards.

Miles tested positive for the coronavirus a week ago and was cleared to return to the Jayhawks on Thursday. But he chose not to travel with the team out of caution. Tight ends coach Joshua Eargle filled in for Miles against the Mountaineers.

Despite some bright moments early, the result was the same: The Jayhawks (0-4, 0-3) have now lost 51 straight true road games in the conference.

Kansas jumped out to a 10-0 lead, including Andrew Parchment’s 43-yard scoring catch from Miles Kendrick off a deflected pass, but the Jayhawks managed little offense the rest of the game.

Pooka Williams scored on a 92-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter for the Jayhawks.

THE TAKEAWAY

Kansas: The Jayhawks were limited to 157 yards of offense, including 95 through the air against the Big 12’s top defense. Kansas entered the game last among the 76 FBS teams that have played with 8.2 passing yards per completion.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers had been looking to get more explosive plays downfield either with long runs or passes, and they got both. Brown had eight runs of at least 10 yards, including his long TD. Doege averaged 12 yards per completion.

UP NEXT

Kansas: Travels to No. 22 Kansas State next Saturday.

West Virginia: Plays at Texas Tech next Saturday.

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One of the New England Patriots greats and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi appeared on OMF on WEEI Radio on Thursday and discussed his former team. He was not kind but later tried to recant some of his statements.

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    Antonio Brown had a short and mostly ineffective run with the Patriots in 2019. To be exact, he played in one game, made four receptions for 56 yards and a TD before being released just 11 days later when he was accused of sexual assault.

    That investigation is reportedly still ongoing, but Brown is eligible to sign with an NFL team after Week 8, and a number of teams are said to be interested. The Patriots have a slew of issues in the passing game, not least of which is at wide receiver where the team is suffering from a lack of talent.

    Brown’s talent has never been questioned, but lately, his ability to stay out of trouble has become the largest impediment. In any case, Bruschi was asked about Brown potentially heading back to the Patriots once he is reinstated, and the former New England linebacker dropped some bombs on his former team and their new quarterback, Cam Newton.

    If I’m Antonio Brown, I’m not touching the Patriots with a 10-foot pole. And I say that because this team isn’t very good anymore. You’ve got a quarterback that I have to be open for him to get me. Do I go to Cam? Or maybe, let’s see, Russell Wilson, who can put the ball in a place where I barely have to move my hands?

    Whoa. That seems harsh.

    Bruschi almost immediately tried to clean up his statements. He claimed his words were twisted and that he was speaking as if he was Brown, meaning this is what the 31-year-old receiver is probably thinking.

    Words get twisted.

    — Tedy Bruschi (@TedyBruschi) October 22, 2020

    Speaking as if I’m Antonio Brown and what his thought process might be.

    — Tedy Bruschi (@TedyBruschi) October 22, 2020

    Were Bruschi’s Comments Taken out of Context?

    I understand what Bruschi is saying, and how this can be confused. However, I’m not buying it for one second. These shots were too specific and had too much of the personality he’s shown regularly on-air for me to believe that he wasn’t also speaking for himself while trying to channel Brown.

    Also, this take would be consistent with the sky-is-falling mentality that is running ramped across the NFL when it comes to the Patriots. There is no question the team has work to do, and the wide receivers and tight end position need to be improved, but in many ways, people are simply waiting on the Patriots to fall off, so their reign of dominance in the NFL can come to an end.

    Also, hardcore Tom Brady fans would love nothing more than to see the Patriots fail while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shine. They believe it will prove who was more valuable to the dynasty, Brady or Belichick. They’re wrong because the duo was a blessing for both men.

    Bruschi didn’t do a great job covering his tracks. In fact, he would have been better-served standing firm in his position.

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