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West Virginia receiver Kevin White (11) made a team-high seven catches but lost this third-quarter fumble at the Oklahoma 14.

 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — With one passing touchdown through two games, Dana Holgorsen’s offense is experiencing the kind of slump to which it seemed immune. And in a 180-degree turn from last season, it’s the Mountaineers defense suddenly developing a reputation for reliability.

A look now at the ups and downs from Saturday night’s 16-7 loss at Oklahoma and an upset opportunity that escaped West Virginia:

QUARTERBACKS
Paul Millard’s 21-of-41 passing night revealed elements of why Holgorsen believes in him, along with moments that make fans wonder if he has the physical tools to be a major-college quarterback. He lofted what should have been a game-changing touchdown bomb to Ivan McCartney, but tossed an abysmal interception on second-and-2 in Oklahoma territory.
Millard’s lack of arm strength showed on several throws, though he can muster enough on a deep timing routes to keep secondaries honest. More troubling was Millard’s inaccuracy on short and intermediate passes, where he must hit receivers in stride in order for them to run free after the catch.
“We just didn’t make plays, man,” Millard said. “There were throws that I missed. There were a couple with guys on the sidelines—guys that were wide-open—and I’ve got to put it on them.
“This one’s hard because I feel like we left a lot of points on the field. Most games, when the other team scores 16 points, we should win.”
RUNNING BACKS
Dreamius Smith blasted through OU linebacker Corey Nelson and past the OU secondary on his 75-yard touchdown run. Mysteriously, he had only two other carries. Maybe that had something to do with blocking difficulties: He whiffed in pass protection when Kass Everett sacked Millard to create a fumble and committed a questionable chop-block penalty that stalled WVU’s first drive.
“I just saw a maroon jersey coming up the field and he was a threat to make a sack, so I wanted to get him out the way,” Smith said. “I really didn’t see it all. I guess he was already engaged with one of our players.”
Charles Sims (11 carries for 57 yards) frequently made tacklers miss and had a 24-yard catch-and run. Wendell Smallwood (five carries for 25 yards) had a long run of 16 yards and caught two passes for 24 yards, one of those a 12-yard screen pickup on third-and-10.
At the end of a hot night, even Dustin Garrison (three carries for 16 yards) ripped off a 14-yarder against OU’s prevent defense.
Cody Clay had a 2-yard catch on third-and-10 in the first period and was a curious target on a fourth-and-7 incompletion in the fourth quarter.
RECEIVERS
McCartney dropped two passes, including what should have been the go-ahead 37-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Daikiel Shorts, a week after his seven-catch freshman debut, had zero catches and failed to adjust to an underthrown sideline pass that could have been a big gainer. KJ Myers botched his only target. Kevin White fumbled away WVU’s only red-zone threat of the second half.
Those were the negatives, and in a low-scoring game, those were plenty. Still, White looked like a big-play receiver in the making—with 80 yards on seven catches, most of them the underneath variety. He also was a presence blocking on screens. Ronald Carswell also can make plays on the outside, as evidenced by his 33-yard sideline grab. Perhaps WVU can benefit from utilizing these two on the field simultaneously.
Mario Alford (two catches for 11 yards) and Jordan Thompson (one for 5 yards) made the only catches for WVU’s slot receivers—as silent a performance as you’ll ever see out of a Holgorsen offense.
OFFENSIVE LINE
The Mountaineers averaged 7 yards per carry, a stat bolstered by Smith’s big run. But along with tremendous individual effort by the big back, don’t overlook Pat Eger pancaking linebacker Dominique Alexander 10 yards downfield. (Outside of Smith’s breakaway run, West Virginia still averaged 4 yards per carry.) WVU sustained only three negative plays, and one of those was Everett’s sack, which can be pinned on Smith.
Tyler Orlosky allowed penetration on a third-quarter running play and was flagged for a takedown. WVU suffered two false starts—one by guard Marquis Lucas and another by right tackle Curtis Feigt that turned a second-quarter third-and-2 into an obvious passing situation. Oklahoma blitzed Millard and knocked the ball loose on the ensuing play.

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Oklahoma’s Brennan Clay ran for a career-high 170 yards on 22 carries in the win over West Virginia.
DEFENSIVE LINE
Working against a veteran Sooners offensive line, this unit had its moments. Yet it’s impossible to overlook the fact OU ran for 316 yards and averaged 5.5 per carry. The Sooners gashed WVU at times, essentially taking over the game in the second half after Trevor Knight’s passing became a liability.
Reserve defensive tackle Kyle Rose had two TFLs among his four stops , while Will Clarke added 1.5 TFLs and made a heads-up fumble recovery after Brandon Golson blindsided Knight.
Shaq Rowell (three tackles) missed parts of the second half with a knee injury, leading to more snaps for Christian Brown. The Sooners had success running at reserve defensive end Dontrill Hyman
LINEBACKERS
Obviously this unit bears some of the blame for Oklahoma’s backs having success—the Sooners frequently sealed off running lanes at the second level— but WVU’s linebackers also made enough crucial plays to keep the game close. Along with Golson’s two sacks, there was freshman Marvin Gross tipping an interception and Isaiah Bruce chasing down receiver Lacoltan Bester after a 34-yard gain and stripping the ball.
Holgorsen was displeased with the overall performance by Bruce, who missed the second half with a right leg injury. “I thought Isaiah was playing terrible at the time,” Holgorsen said. “He just look slow and was hesitating. I don’t know why. Wes Tonkery (four tackles) came in and played some good snaps.”
Normally, that might signal an end to the experiment of moving Bruce to the outside Spur linebacker spot, if not for the fact that WVU has more depth inside, where Nick Kwiatkoski (11 tackles) and Jared Barber (five tackles) are showing promise. Doug Rigg (six tackles) was starting his senior season on a mission before being carted off with an apparent concussion in the fourth quarter.
Rigg tweeted positive news early Sunday morning: “I’m alright thank you for all the support I am on the plane with the team safely.”
SECONDARY
Darwin Cook played a man’s game highlighted by 11 tackles, an endzone interception and a fumble recovery at the WVU 18, giving him three turnovers in two weeks. (He also broke up another pass that could have been an easy interception.) Cook narrowly missed deflecting Knight’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Trey Millard at the pylon.
Karl Joseph (six tackles) hauled in a tipped interception, broke up another pass and did enough backpedalling to force Knight’s 27-yard throw for Jaz Reynolds out the back of the end zone.
Cornerback Icky Banks, repeatedly picked on by Landry Jones last season, found the going more comfortable against Knight. He made four stops but also lined up offsides once while attempting to jam a receiver. At the other corner, Travis Bell had three tackles but also took a poor angle on Brennan Clay’s 32-yard run in the third quarter.
K.J. Dillon made three tackles before leaving with a second-half injury. As WVU’s third-best safety, his presence is crucial in the nickel and dime packages.
SPECIAL TEAMS
It seems a cruel joke that on the same day allegations came to light about Joe DeForest’s OSU tenure his special teams units committed three pivotal mistakes. Daryl Worley’s roughing-the-punter foul kept alive OU’s first field-goal drive and Alford’s dropped fair catch gifted the Sooners’ only touchdown drive.
One fair catch Alford made was regrettable, an over-the-shoulder job at his own 5 on a punt that seemed destined for the end zone. Alford’s bizarre night included mistakenly running onto the field on a third-down play and scurrying off before WVU was hit with a 12-man flag. DeForest subsequently inserted Thompson at punt returner.
Punter Nick O’Toole’s 45.3-yard average belied an up-and-down night. His best efforts were two 54-yarders. His worst were a line-drive 38-yarder that Jalen Saunders returned for 17 yards and a 33-yard third-quarter shank.

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Dana Holgorsen coached up quarterback Paul Millard during a timeout at Oklahoma, but might a quarterback change be in the works this week?
COACHING
Holgorsen squandered his final timeout of the first half challenging Millard’s fumble even after the replay booth essentially confirmed the turnover by not stopping the game. WVU burned through its allotment even more quickly in the second half—and again Holgorsen wasted a timeout in hopes the replay booth might reverse White’s fumble. Paul Millard could have used that timeout with the play clock ticking down on fourth-and-2 in the fourth quarter. That led to a delay-of-game flag and a fourth-and-7 incompletion.
Beyond the timeout mismanagement, Holgorsen’s most controversial decision was suppressing the temptation to insert Clint Trickett when WVU had chances to pull ahead in the second half. Not only did Holgorsen stick with Millard, but he allowed the junior 41 pass attempts—a full-scale, uninterrupted audition for a job Millard may no longer hold next week.
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Comments

  • Moon

    I believe that the defense is much improved and I also believe that Millard played well enough to win. I see fault in WRs that drop balls or do not aggressively go after balls as a much more immediate (and easily correctable) problem. I am encouraged over all and think that with a tune up game this week and a nice test on the road in Baltimore we will be ready for a very competitive run in the Big 12. I don't see anyone in the Big 12 that scares me one bit.

    • tw eagle

      getting the "i'm special" personnel to extend themselves to catch passes other than on the sideline is a project more suited to a magician than a football coaching staff . . .
      some of these kids have the "right stuff"
      and sadly most don't . . .

      breaking the syndrome of "i'm tall and fast
      and don't have to practice, block, or run routes across the middle" is in most cases
      an impossibility . . .

    • EPR

      You think millard played well enough to win? Seriously? Ray Charles could see he had no business behind center in that game.

      • Larry

        **Millard, proper names are capitalized.

      • Charleston,WV

        "behind the center"

      • Rick

        Try 'Do you think' not 'You think'.

      • Pulaski

        Poor little EPR just got schooled in the grammar department. These guys proved a point......stop correcting the grammar on this site and focus on making a point.

        • tw eagle

          if these trolls didn't stop to correct
          grammatical mistakes and spelling ,
          they'd never post anything that was
          correct . . .especially about football,
          concerning the play, coaching, or
          managing of the same . . .

          • EPR

            *especially should be capitalized...

  • Mike

    I was pleased we didn't get beat 50-7. I was not pleased with the game play. The only thing I would have done differently was try another QB but with that in mind Paul did put it in the hands of the receivers when it counted and they either dropped it or fumbled the ball. The fumble by White and drop my McCartney were the difference in the game. The muffed punt and the 15 yard personal foul for roughing the kicker didn't help. Those guys cannot make mistakes like that. I still would have thrown Clint or Ford in just to see what happened. I remember a guy by the name of Pat White who was on the bench and if not for an injury to the starter we may have never seen his greatness on the field. Bottom line was the guy you had in wasn't moving the ball so why not try something different. I would have made the switch. Stoops showed he wasn't happy with his QB leading 16-7. If he was willing to change I sure as hell would have. I was happy with the D. They bent but keep coming up big when it counted the most. They gave us a chance to win and we couldn't take advantage. I'm an avid WVU fan who feels like if we get the right guy throwing the ball we can salvage the season. The big 12 has already shown me they are not that great this year. OK is not worthy of a top 20 ranking, TX went down to BYU, KSU lost its home opener to a team that Greenbrier West could have beaten. OSU is the only team I see in the big 12 that will maul us. Just right the ship and find someone with enough arm strenght to throw the ball more than 15 yards.

  • Charleston,WV

    Despite the final outcome of the game, I was pleased with the fact that were capable of winning this game. BTW: NO ONE PICKED US TO WIN, not even myself. Unfortunately it wasn't OU that kept us from winning, but rather the Mounties from beating ourselves (ie the muffed catch and ultimate fumble when OU punted, IM's dropped catches, etc.). My question of concern is: why did Holgorsen did not give Trickett or Childress a chance at the QB position after we had so many 3 & outs?

    • Charleston,WV

      Thunk u grammer nautzi!

      • EPR

        *nazi

        • Charleston,WV

          Sarcasm, noun \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm:
          1: a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain
          2 : a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual

    • OhMY

      That is the question of the day?

      • Charleston,WV

        Sorry for not giving my synopsis on WVU vs OU, 2013. I am sure you were really interested in what I had to say and were the least bit sarcastic with your post.

  • wvajoker

    The invaluable advice from a bunch of armchair QB that couldn't coach their way out of a paper bag or away from the dinner table.

    • Jay

      Haha! That's funny! Most Americans can't coach their way away from a dinner table...or buffet line...or box of Twinkies...or McDonald's drive-thru...or....

  • GoEers

    Glad to see all the Marshall fans are watching and posting about WVU games. Just goes to show how irrelevant MU is in the state and in general.

  • GoEers

    That's right Rick we can tell that you are not a Holgorsen fan. We can also tell that you don't know how to spell and are very uneducated.

    • Rick

      So you can tell my level of education here...just by some typo's...
      I probably have more education that you...you and EPR have nothing better than to point out typo's...Do you have anything relevant to say?

      • EPR

        Someone has to point them out.

        • Rick

          You have yet to say anything constructive on any posts other than to point out typo's. You must have been picked on quite a bit when you were younger...your sorry, I'm not.

          • EPR

            *you're

  • Rick

    WVU Ga ST line iss 37.5/39.
    Did Vegas watch the OK-WVU game?
    My one wish is that WVU cover the lines, so far they are 1-1. Too many turn-overs. Was an exciting game for 15 minutes, nail biter for 45... The GaSt offense will give the secondary all they can handle. We'll be out-coached as well...Can you tell I'm not a holegerson fan...

    • EPR

      It's holgorsen not holgorson... For the hundredth time.

  • Rick

    Ought to be a real barn burner next week with Georgia State

  • 1olewvufan

    Allen thank you for the summation of the game. No, Paul Millard is NOT WVU's QB of the future, but I am not so sure Trickett or Ford are either. I believe if either of them were, one of them would have taken over in the 2nd half.

    As far as Ivan McCartney goes, he has failed to catch 2 TD passes in as many games. Since being at WVU the one thing all us WVU Fans should know about McCartney by now and that is unless the football is right in his hands and there is no defender either bearing down on him or covering him then and only then will he attempt to catch the ball. You have never seen or will you ever see McCartney layout for a pass.

    WVU's QB play and the play of the Offensive backs reminded me of last years defense. While its evident that WVU's is greatly improved, it also evident that the play of the offensive backs needs improvement, and WVU needs a QB.

    I take my hat off to the WVU Coaching Staff for they did an excellent job preparing the team. The offensive backs and QB just didn't execute. Too many bad throws, missed catches, fumbles and interceptions. This is on the players, not the coaches. The coaches can teach a player, but it is up to the player to execute.

    WVU's offensive backs need to do a much better job if execution and Holg has to find a QB.

    • Les

      Not sure how we will ever know if Trickett or Ford are any better with them on the sideline with clipboards in their hands. No excuse for not giving one or both of them a shot at sparking the team to a victory on Saturday. Dana has a knack for snatching defeat from the hands of victory. Someone please give me a good reason why he wouldn't replace Millard on Saturday??

      • MountainMan

        Because obviously Millard knows the offense better. Trickett looked lost when he went in for two 3 and outs during the William & Mary Game. Go back and look at Geno's first lost to a top 20 team. Stats are almost identical and that was his 3rd game as a starter. Give the kid a chance. Even though he missed some throws you have to also look at the receiving core. A lot of dropped passes that should have been caught.

    • JimJim

      We can blame the players if you like....

  • BigDave

    DeForest HAS to go. Everything that man touches is a complete disaster. Now, he's named in, if it is true, a huge NCAA issue.

    Texas fired it's DC after the BUY game. We let this clown run our defense completely in to the ground for an entire season, and now he's starting on the special teams.

    Dana, fire this guy. Your loyalty is to WVU, not to your buddy.

    • Rick

      dana has no reason to be loyal to WVU. Only $$$.
      DeForrest will be a disaster.

  • Jon

    I thought WV did pretty darn good considering they didn't have a quarterback.

    • Brian

      That's the problem Jon!!
      I'm no D1 coach; but why not?
      Does anybody remember WHY Luck hired Holgs to begin with?
      This is a MAJOR issue with Holgs' credibility in my book!

      • JimJim

        Stew's 9 -3 wasn't good enough, Can The Dude keep the job with less????

        • sean

          bill stewart went 9-3 with teams who shouldve consistenly been in the bcs. people forget now because we r taking a few bumps on the way to becoming a legit college football program how unforgiving u were at the time of mullens horrible offense and billys we played hard speeches. noone, including myself liked that kind of ball. take geno for instance- last year under bill stewart and jeff mullens tutiledge he was slightly above average yet still lacking the stats we knew he could have. one year under dana against that horrible big east schedule and he goes to the orange and sets records. u idiots really believe we wouldnt be 11-1 or better with last years team in the big least still? its about the body of work and dana wouldve destroyed all comers including louisville last year. complain all u want but we r in much better shape now than ever. does nobody remember the lump Nehlen took when the big east was a real conference? how many bowl games he lost in a row and ppl really think we r in that bad of a situation now? get real u fair weather no knowledge "fans"

    • Mark

      and if Oklahoma would have had a QB it would have been about 42-7.

    • William

      BIG QUARTBACK MESS IN MORGANTOWN COMING SOON!

      • Pulaski

        Big cut and paste idiot coming soon!

    • JimJim

      And who's fault is that?????

  • Matt Duling

    DH needs to go??? I'm guessing your best friend's former girlfriend's roommate knows a guy who knows a girl that heard Nick Saban say he wants to come to WV...
    Who in the world are you going to get that is better than DH? You should be thankful we have him and pray he stays!
    I guess winning BCS bowls in record breaking fashion isn't enough.
    You 'so called' fans crack me up!

    • Les

      Who in the world are we gonna get who is better? We had a true gentleman who had just won 27 games in three years.....and recruited Geno, Tavon and Stedman!! Ollie fired him and hired this ??

      • sean

        some of u all are so clueless.. first, it was well never get the respect we deserve playing in the big least ad blah blah blah. now its, dana sucks, he is just here for the money blah blah. well, if u honestly think staying in the aac and making about 15 million $ less and still going to pinstripe bowls (number 3 big east vs number 7 big12), u obviously arent a real fan. if u like that high flying offense of jeff mullen and billy stewart (rip) so much, go be a fan of central mich or wherever the f he landed. maybe their expectations will meet yours. btw, every college team schedules two cupcakes, no matter who u are so u whoever made that argument is clearly not a fan of BIG TIME college football

      • Nick

        Stewart was riding the tail of Rodriguez's success. Stewart could not coach Pro-bowlers against Pee-Wee league. He also coached in the Big East...LOL. He did not earn or deserve the chance to coach at WVU. Stewart was a bumbling idiot not a winner. Holgerson has to rebuild from the decline of Stewarts era playing in the Big Twelve. Did you notice there was not one offensive holding call against Oklahoma. THE BIG TWELVE OFFICIALS ARE NOT GOING TO LET WVU COME IN AND BEAT ONE OF THEIR ELITE TEAMS...NEUTRAL FIELD WITH NEUTRAL REFS WE WOULD HAVE

      • Micha

        Wit Les, If you can sit there and honestly say that the football that was on the field during Bill Stewarts tenure was exciting and that you couldn't wait for each week, you are a liar. And as much as we all like Coach Stew, and eveyone says that he was such such a fine, upstanding man, remember he was the one who dug and dug in the dirt until he got himself fired. True Mountaineer, I say Nay Nay!!

    • Art in Ohio

      Again, you cannot replace a head coach and his staff at the beginning of the season. You think we are in a bad situation now wait until we have to start all over again with a new staff. Remember we were a 21 point underdog in this game and had a chance to win in the third and fourth quarters. I believe DH will become a great coach at WVU. He made several changes in the off season with coaches and the players he recruited into the program. Looking forward to future great teams at WVU and a conference championship.

      • Micha

        I agree Art. Another thing I like about Holgs is the fact that when it's not good, just tell me you know it's not good and you are going to do something to try to fix it. This week a new QB will get a chance to take the job. Don't just say the lads are working hard and they are fine upstanding young men. They should be anyway. That kind of talk is for Intramurals Brother!

    • WVWho

      What's Rich Rod's Buyout? Him or Bobby Petrino!

      • wvrefugee

        I have a new motorcycle for Coach Petrino to ride!!! Bring him in!!

  • W Park

    Before the season, I predicted 5 wins. Next year, 8-9 wins with a maturing offense. Blame Holgerson if you want. I'll remind you so-called fans next year--I told you so.

    Nice summary Allan!

    • Brian

      Actually Park; between various WVU related chatrooms, comment boards and websites, I've read this:
      "I-told-you-so-wait-till-next-year-we-are-growing-it'll-be-better-next-year" jargon Ad Nauseam!!! I've even read those EXACT numerical predictions of future "success" a dozen or more times the last two weeks.
      So let me see if I have you homer optimists correct: we miss a bowl this year(which is nearly impossible nowadays) and two assistants get the ax while everybody preaches wait until.....blah,blah,blah.
      We win 8 next year out of 12 games (remember the '"we want a national championship" talk three years ago?!?!?) and go to a minor bowl aganst a middle tier ACC or B1G team - and possibly lose?
      But hey....... wait until 2015, we'll get better!
      I don't pretend to know the answer.
      Problem is; I highly doubt Holgs and his band of merry-misfits do either!!
      So I guess now our program is "that program" that wins 8-9 games every other (or third) year. Go ahead, let me hear the "we're playing with big boys now speech" for the hundreth time as well.
      So this is Ollie's vision?
      Great.........

      • Les

        Brian, you are correct. Remember this guy replaced a gentleman who had won 9 games....3 years in a row....! AND that was not good enough for Mr. Luck!!

        • susanf

          Absolutely correct! And especially your description of Coach Stewart as a "gentleman". Not a word that could be used in the same sentence to describe Holgersen.

          • Shawn

            Yea he replaced a man who coached in the Big East. The Big East and Big 12 are totally different leagues. You dont walk into the Big 12 with the players we had and win. We were fortunate to the the Big 3 last year and its going to take a couple years to get things straight.

          • OhMY

            Shawn- Stew beat OU like a drum, which is Big 12, correct?

        • Big John

          Look at the number of recruits Bill signed-not even the maximum number each year-look how many left-we are with the big boys and if Dana had used Clint we would have won the game and if hDana had not used such poor clock management. Need to have another coach call time outs as Dana has too much as head coach.

        • MountainMover

          Stewart was a gentleman, for the most part. But the team went backwards under him. Holgorsen's challenge is to take the team forward now that they're in the Big 12. He took a big step forward from where Stewart left the program, but now he's playing Big Boy football in a real conference and will have to adjust.

          • OhMY

            BACKWARD? What are you smoking? 9-3 for 3 years in a row AND WVU had the respect of the college football nation. When will DH be 9-3??

      • Kevin

        As opposed to what Brian. The ACC didn't want us. So you are saying we should have stayed in the now AAC and went 10-2 or 12-0 only to play in a 3rd rate bowl game? All the while making about $15 million per year less. Look, I'm the first person to tell you losing sucks balls, but we lost a TON of offensive output to the draft and we are not yet (and we may never be) a team that can just restock talent like that year in and year out. Holgs has done a nice job of getting quality coaches to stand by him (with the exception of Defo, idiot) and recognizing a few shortcomings some of his help from last year dispplayed and moved them around and/or fired them. He's doing what he can. Say all you want, but this team is a solid QB away from being a 9-10 win team. He's just nowhere to be found on this roster................yet

        • Maxxajay

          @ Kevin... Well said I agree 100%

      • Jay

        We will not miss a bowl game this year.

    • JimJim

      There is no next year, win or your gone! That what Lucky wants.

  • Jack

    Great. Report Allan .!!!!

    • William

      WVU fans - Start booking your room now in New York, because its going to be THE PINSTRIPE BOWL AGAIN.

      • Pulaski

        William-go cut and paste your comments on another site.

  • R Marlin

    As long as Holgerson is the HC WVU fans can expect 6-7 win seasons. This year will be a 3-4 win season

    • Jason

      Well...USA Today has Georgia State ranked 125 out of 125. Let's see if this ends up being a good game.

    • William

      WVU = No Leadership
      WVU = NCAA INVESTIGATION
      WVU = Coach with no experience
      WVU = Must schedule teams like Georgia State, William and Mary ONLY WAY TO HAVE A CHANCE FOR A WINNING RECORD.
      WVU = Dana 'You Know' Holgerson is only here for the MONEY! It is only a matter of time till he is GONE!
      WVU = Big quarterback MESS coming soon
      WVU = Hires many people with NO CHARTACTER
      WVU = It's all about the MONEY & GREED
      WVU = Head coach that is not a TRUE MOUNTAINEER and NEVER WILL BE

      • JP

        As much as I love being a Mountaineer fan, it is fans like you that I absolutely can't stand. If you don't like it, go root for Pitt or stop complaining.

      • Pulaski

        William= Cut and Paste uneducated idiot

      • Jason

        why do you donkey's always come back to Marshall somehow...nobody has said anything about MU...even the person you are referring to did not post anything about MU. Maybe...Just maybe...it is a disgruntled WVU "fan"...the irony is just great..you bust on a so-called MU fan that is busting on WVU...by busting on MU...that makes no sense..and again..there was no mention of MU...maybe you should spend a little more energy trying to stay positive about your team instead of making up references to MU that nobody has brought up. Time to get over it and move on. Anybody that has an unfavorable opinion about the state of WVU athletics is not automatically a MU or Pitt fan.

        • Big Larry

          Jason,

          Anyone who makes one negative comment about WVU is immediately labeled a "Marshall Fan".

          It is what it is...

          • cutty77

            WVU should be very Happy not to play Marshall this year. The Herd may only Lose 2 games. They will give The VT Chokies all the want.

          • EPR

            *they

      • Charleston,WV

        William = An illogical individual
        William = Illogical and pointless rants that need to be more investigative imput than anecdotal
        William = A fan with little experience of being true fan
        William = Someone who forgot that WVU scheduled Georgia State because the cancelled the home and away series with FSU. (FYI: Can you explain why Alabama schedules the same team for there last game for the 2013 season?)
        William = A person who "knows it all" regarding Mountaineer Football, when in actuality doesn't know his @$$ from a hole in the ground.
        William = One big MESS of a Mountaineer fan
        William = One who characteristically assassinates the WVU program
        William = Anti Mountaineer Fan with an intense and selfish desire to impugn WVU's reputation
        William = Monday Morning Quarterback that is not a TRUE MOUNTAINEER and WILL NEVER BE.

      • Mike

        Why are you here Willie?

      • oWhViUo

        William= Disgruntled Marshall fan.
        William= That guy in the stands screaming
        at the coach or players after every
        play not to his liking.
        William= Someone who thinks WVU football
        began during "Dick Frauds" reign.
        William= Wants "Dick Fraud" back.
        William= When he crosses the state line, the
        median IQ of WV increases by 15%.
        William= Nothing resembling a "true fan".

    • MountainMover

      Look, it'll be easy to criticize not because the team sucked, but because they had a real shot to win and let it slip away. It's still wayyyy too early to judge. We'll have a good idea where we're headed after the Maryland game. As of now, that looks like a very winnable game as was Oklahoma. Most of the people posting here did not expect WVU to be in such a great position to win. There were a lot of mistakes, but they can easily exceed pre-season expectations if they improve and gel. Biggest question: Can Paul Millard make the needed throws against a Division 1-A defense. If he can't, let's get someone who can. They have weapons, and the defense is very much improved over last year's disaster.

    • Nick

      Well Stewart would not have done any better. I am starting to think Holgorsen might only be offensive cordinator material. He gives out 12 WR on scholarship but sticks with a Stephen F. Austin QB that is immobile and can't hardly throw over his own offensive linemen while he has a stud 6'5" son of a former pro on the sidelines. He picked Deforrest which is an absolute joke. Did you see how Deforrest's special teams contributed to our loss. You can't blame our defense they played hard. The offense had so many 3 and outs the defense had to play in the 90 degree plus heat too much and they got tired. Milliard is a good guy and a solid emergency backup. If Holgorsen plays Milliard the entire Georgia State game I will lose all faith I have in him.