MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia linebacker Charlie Benton will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Coach Dana Holgorsen said during a Big 12 coaches conference call Monday that Benton will have season-ending surgery. The junior college transfer injured his left knee in the second quarter of No. 17 West Virginia's 40-14 win Saturday over Tennessee.

Junior Shea Campbell filled in for Benton in his first college action.

The loss of Benton is a blow to a unit that was undercut earlier in the year with inuries to linebackers Brendan Ferns and Quondarius Qualls. Both are expected to miss much of the season.

West Virginia plays its home opener against Youngstown State on Saturday night.

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