West Virginia beats Georgia Southern 44-0

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Skyler Howard threw two touchdown passes in his first home start, Karl Joseph had three interceptions and West Virginia beat Georgia Southern 44-0 on Saturday night.

The Mountaineers outgained Georgia Southern 544 yards to 224 in winning their home opener for the 12th consecutive season.

Howard completed 16 of 25 passes for 359 yards. Freshman Jovon Durante caught a 41-yard scoring toss and sophomore Shelton Gibson had a 26-yard TD catch. Both surpassed 100 yards receiving in their first starts.

The rout could have been worse, but West Virginia failed to score touchdowns four times in the first half after reaching the Georgia Southern 20-yard line. Josh Lambert kicked three field goals and another red-zone drive stalled.

Joseph's three interceptions were the most for a West Virginia player since Vann Washington had three against Louisiana Tech in 1994.

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