<strong>By Alex Hickey<\/strong>\r\n\r\nMORGANTOWN \u2014 Last year, Gary Jennings was the butt of well-intentioned jokes in the West Virginia team room.\r\nIt\u2019s not that he was unproductive. Far from it. Jennings was one of the nation\u2019s top receivers, snagging 97 catches for 1,097 yards in the process of being named the Mountaineers offensive player of the year.\r\nBut despite all that production, he had the darndest time actually crossing the goal line. Jennings finished the season with only one touchdown reception \u2014 putting him on par with fullbacks or even the occasional offensive tackle.\r\n\u201cWe gave him so much crap last year for having one touchdown,\u201d said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. \u201cHe scored 1 percent of the time that he touched the ball.  catches and one touchdown. So he\u2019s tired of hearing it.\u201d\r\nOn Saturday night against Youngstown State, Jennings proved he was not allergic to the end zone \u2014 or anywhere else on the field.\r\nJennings nearly doubled his career total of four touchdowns with three scores against the Penguins, making him just the seventh Mountaineer in program history with three touchdown catches in a game.\r\n\u201cI can\u2019t explain [the previous lack of touchdowns], because he\u2019s a really good player and we focused on that and targeted him more in those situations,\u201d Holgorsen said. \u201cIt was good to see him get in the end zone.\u201d\r\nJennings proved himself a short, medium and long threat.\r\nWill Grier zipped him an 11-yard pass for his first score of the game, putting the Mountaineers up 14-0 early in the second quarter.\r\nThat was followed by a 24-yard strike that capped of a crucial two-minute drill that put West Virginia up 21-7 with 1 minute remaining in the first half.\r\nIt didn\u2019t take long after that for Jennings to earn the hat trick, with his 33-yard catch capping off the Mountaineers\u2019 first drive of the second half.\r\n\u201cHe\u2019s scoring. He\u2019s fixed whatever it was last year,\u201d said Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier. \u201cHe had three times as many touchdowns as he did last year.\u201d\r\nAs the Mountaineers\u2019 trigger man, Grier obviously plays an vital role in the distribution of touchdowns. But even he was puzzled by Jennings inability to score considering that he had 36 more catches than any other West Virginia target in 2017.\r\n\u201cIt was just weird that he never found the end zone,\u201d Grier said. \u201cIt was just a matter of time. I try to throw him the ball as much as I can. And he found the end zone today.\u201d\r\nFew players in the country are finding the end zone more frequently than Jennings in the first two weeks of the season.\r\nHis four touchdown catches are tied for third in the country, and the two leaders are Hawaii receivers Cedric Byrd and John Ursua, who have had the benefit of playing three games. Among Power 5 programs, only Alabama\u2019s Jerry Jeudy has reached the end zone as frequently as the suddenly sensationally scoring Jennings.