West Virginia’s McKoy, Pettaway becoming dynamic duo in backfield

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia finally has its full stable of four running backs ready to roll, but against Texas only two of them played a significant role. Kennedy McKoy was the primary workhorse with 17 carries for 94 yards, while Martell Pettaway brought the explosiveness with nine carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

But that does not mean there won’t be more ample opportunities for Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield to contribute in upcoming games.

“Leddie Brown played, I think, like 20 snaps. Sinkfield is still battling through that ankle a little bit, it’s nothing Sink has done,” West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “I have to look for ways to get him out there and play more because he was arguably our best back coming out of spring. And Leddie is a force as a freshman.”

Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said the rotation had more to do with having a pair of hot hands in McKoy and Pettaway.

“This was the first game we actually had two guys that got into a rhythm, and you didn’t really want to ruin that,” Spavital said. “I thought they were rushing the ball effectively. It was a one-two punch right there.”

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