Scores

Final

Liberty 20

(0-1, 0-1 away)

West Virginia 33

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, September 5, 2009

1 2 3 4 T
LIB 3 7 3 720
WVU 10 13 3 733

Top Performers

Passing: T. Beecher (LIB) - 210 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: N. Devine (WVU) - 17 CAR, 112 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Brown (LIB) - 11 REC, 157 YDS, 1 TD

West Virginia's Bitancurt kicks four FGs vs. Liberty

Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Jarrett Brown ran for one score and Tyler Bitancurt kicked four field goals to lead West Virginia past Liberty 33-20 Saturday.

West Virginia won its sixth straight season opener and improved to 10-0 against Football Championship Subdivision opponents since 2000.

Brown completed 19 of 26 passes for 243 yards in the first game of the post-Pat White era but also struggled at times to move the Mountaineers down the field.

The win wasn't secured until Robert Sands intercepted Liberty's Tommy Beecher midway through the fourth quarter and West Virginia's Noel Devine scored two plays later on a 24-yard run for a 33-13 lead.

Devine rushed 17 times for 112 yards. Liberty's Mike Brown caught 11 passes for 157 yards and a score.

West Virginia has plenty to work on with East Carolina coming to Morgantown next Saturday.

An offensive line that lost three longtime starters was unable to give Devine much room.

West Virginia did nothing to improve its standing as one of the nation's worst in yards allowed on kickoffs. Two of Liberty's drives after kickoffs started in West Virginia territory, and Western Washington transfer Josh Lider booted one out of bounds.

At least West Virginia temporarily solved its inability to move the ball in short-yardage situations. WVU converted six of 12 times on third down, including fullback Ryan Clarke's 2-yard TD run late in the first quarter.

Beecher's first game at Liberty went much better than his last start -- a four-interception mess in South Carolina's 2008 season opener against North Carolina State.

Beecher went 22-of-33 for 210 yards and engineered two first-half scoring drives, including a screen pass that Mike Brown turned into a 20-yard TD and tied the game at 10-10 early in the second quarter.

On the next series, Jarrett Brown scored from 22 yards out on a planned draw play on third down to put the Mountaineers ahead to stay.

But West Virginia found the end zone only one more time the rest of the game.

Bitancurt kicked field goals of 38, 35, 45 and 36 yards. West Virginia outgained Liberty 438-299.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LIB
WVU
1st Downs1522
Total Yards299438
Passing210243
Rushing89195
Penalties9-807-69
3rd Down Conversions3-136-12
4th Down Conversions2-20-0
Turnovers10
Possession30:3829:22

Passing Leaders

LibertyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Beecher22/332106.411
West VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brown19/262439.300

Rushing Leaders

LibertyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Allen10363.6017
Beecher9303.3016
West VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Devine171126.6124
Brown9697.7122

Receiving Leaders

LibertyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown1115714.3133
Brown2199.5014
West VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders89511.9038
Urban24924.5033

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLIBWVU
FG11:53Tyler Bitancurt 38 Yd 03
FG08:00Matt Bevins 32 Yd 33
TD02:53Ryan Clarke 2 Yd Run (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 310
SECOND QUARTERLIBWVU
TD12:52Mike Brown 20 Yd Pass From Tommy Beecher (Matt Bevins Kick) 1010
TD08:44Jarrett Brown 22 Yd Run (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 1017
FG01:58Tyler Bitancurt 35 Yd 1020
FG00:20Tyler Bitancurt 45 Yd 1023
THIRD QUARTERLIBWVU
FG05:21Matt Bevins 49 Yd 1323
FG00:15Tyler Bitancurt 36 Yd 1326
FOURTH QUARTERLIBWVU
TD06:57Noel Devine 24 Yd Run (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 1333
TD00:52Mike Brown 9 Yd Run (Matt Bevins Kick) 2033