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West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett was sacked twice by Kansas State, including this play by Chaquil Reed.


MANHATTAN, Kan. — The highs and lows from West Virginia’s 35-12 loss at Kansas State on Saturday:

Worst fourth-down call: Typically, this weekly superlative belongs to Dana Holgorsen. But WVU’s failed fake on a field-goal try apparently was based on a misread by holder Michael Molinari, who ran for just 4 yards on fourth-and-7.

Best compliment for a quarterback: K-State receiver Curry Sexton said Jake Waters in the second half “started spinning the ball in spots where we really had no choice but to catch it.”

Worst feeling for a quarterback: Spending the final eight minutes on the sideline, as Clint Trickett did when he was replaced by Paul Millard.

Best “home improvement” project: Kansas State’s $90 million renovation of Bill Snyder Family Stadium looked sharp, creating an atmosphere that’s as fan-friendly as it is donor-friendly.

Most GPS-impaired slide: Trickett hit the turf a yard shy of the first-down marker on West Virginia’s second series.

Worst third-down defense: WVU allowed K-State to make good on 8-of-13 conversions, which means the Mountaineers last three opponents are now 28-of-43.

Worst red-zone offense: West Virginia had first downs inside the K-State 10 on back-to-back series before the half and netted a mere three points.

Best leg: Josh Lambert powered a 50-yard field goal into the end zone bleachers to give WVU a 12-7 third-quarter lead. (Those were the Mountaineers’ final points.)

Scariest hit (pregame): In a staged event that nearly turned tragic, Willie the Wildcat made a crunching tackle on a guy posing in a West Virginia T-shirt. The “victim” laid flat-backed for several seconds before weakly signaling for doctors, who rushed to his side. Moments later, trainers assisted him into an ambulance and he reportedly was examined at a nearby hospital.

Scariest hit (in-game): K-State defensive end Ryan Mueller jolted Dreamius Smith after an 8-yard run in the third quarter.

Best proof misery loves company: Big 12 newbies TCU and West Virginia will sport identical overall records of 3-5 (and 1-4 in the league) when they hook up in Ft. Worth next week.

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  • steve

    Dana cant even get a good QB to come in. One more year and dana is out !!!!

  • Low Rider

    It's all about recruiting now. This year is shot. Our 2013 class ranked 28th in the country. Our 2014 class currently ranks 49th, with no 5 stars and one 4 star recruit, and ranks 6th in the Big 12. Better than the Bill Stewart years, but not good enough to turn things around.

    • Rick

      Huh, Bill was there when we got Pat White, He got Geno, Tavon and Stedman...and you think that was worse that what this loser has done...NOT even close.

      • Jock Strap

        If everyone knew how these guys were going to turn out they would have never made it here. Once again these are young men still developing and a crap shoot with how it pans out. These three overachieved and became good players, the two qb's Holgorsen got from Texas were highly regarded and haven't panned out. WVU had no way knowing the big three would end up as they did and they were not top rated recruits either. These same old aurguments are getting old. WVU and TCU have jumped into a frying pan and have a lot of catching up to do to compete in this conference. We have the coaches to do it and they are trying to get the players to do it. If it would make everyone happy we could reverse our direction go back to AAC or MAC and win 10-12 games a year and still be irrelevant to the new football playoffs. If you want to run with the big dogs you have to get off the porch. We did now we have to learn to run. Nothing less nothing more.

  • John Doe

    Relax Mountaineer fans! We have 5 star recruits Stone Wolfley and Amani Brown coming in from MHS. They will surely turn things around.

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    • Rick

      Your kingdom like mine got stripped away, had it's tops remove and now all thats left is getting sucked out...our kingdoms won't get US much anymore :-(

  • Chuck Farley

    So how is TCU doing with their transition to the Big XII? They have a HOF coach and Texas recruits but only one conference win just like WVU.

    Is it possible that Marsha fans like larry and billy don't know what it's like to move up to a real conference? Do they see the world through CAA colored glasses?

    • JimJim

      Marsha & Bill are Ohio State fans. Look up, not down.

      • Big Larry

        Yes I know I know, It is Marshall's fault that WVU keeps losing football games...

        But have you considered the fact that it could possibly be those "School Bus Yellow" football helmets?

        Just when you think that one of those new WVU uniform combinations can not get any worse...it does!

        • WVAtty

          I thought the uni combo was quite sharp yesterday.

        • Cigarman

          Anyone that thinks it's the uniforms needs to quit watching football and commenting on this site, what an idiot!

  • Jack

    Is there anyway to cancel the Alabama game to save the embarrassment. Maybe Nick Saban will take pity on us since he is from West Virginia. Maybe we can substitute Alabama with Fairmont State.

    • Larry

      I doubt it, Saban is never very complimentary of WV in any comments or stories I've ever read, he always says the worst thing that could have happened to him would have been to have to go pump gas at his dads gas station.

    • JimJim

      That Fairmont State game may be a good game! I think that we could complete. Maybe?

  • Big Larry

    Oliver Luck has dug a hole and placed the WVU Football and Basketball programs deep within it...

    As it stands now, If Luck, Holgorsen and Huggins left today, it would take five (5) years to recover.

    You pay for your mistakes....

    1. Lifetime unconditional Contract for Huggins
    2 Extended Contract for Holgorsen

    The longer these three stay, the deeper the Hole gets, the darker it gets...the colder it gets...the uglier it gets...losing has become common place.

    The fans can only hope and pray for a Pinstripe bowl or a NIT bid.

    Before the three Amigo's are done, these once fine and nationally recognized programs, will be pushed all the way back to the Southern Conference Days...

    Just How low into the Abyss will WVU athletics sink?

    The sad and heartbreaking saga continues...

    • Jr Totten

      You are a total DA. You show how little you know each time you make a comment. Big Mouth , little knowledge Larry

  • Larry Blalock

    I don't want to ruin Mountaineer Nation's Sunday morning an more than it's already ruined but............we open at Alabama next year.......YIKES!!

  • Jack

    No matter who the opposing team is, WVU makes them look like a Top 5 team even when they have a losing record. The program appears to be in a free-fall. Teams should improve with each game, but not in this case. Our family use to be season ticket holders for many years and would drive 500 miles round trip to watch the games. I could not sleep when WV lost a game. I guess we will have to get used to the losing because we don't have Pat White, Steve Slaton, Geno, Tavon, or Stedman anymore. The players can't take all the blame though, with this coaching staff, nothing changes from game to game. They are sooooo bad. Painful to watch.

  • steve

    Luck thanks for the great contract you gave Dana 11M dollar by out for a bad coach. We will feel this one for years. But you dont care your gone to texas.

  • leroy j gibbs

    Face the facts .we are stuck with holgy, we are stuck with our qbacks.we are stuck with Ollie at least for the moment. We have what we have. We can only support the team even though they suck really bad. Go mountaineers

  • wvajoker

    The biggest of the Four Jackasses with his comments of drivel.

  • William

    Does ANYONE have a phone number for a good college head football coach?
    The ship is sinking, we need a new LEADER!
    "Man in Black" holgorsen can not recruit - The quarterback MESS proves had bad of a coach he is!
    Get Holgorsen out of Morgantown ASAP

    • Rick

      You can email LUCK at oliver.luck@mail.wvu.edu
      Ask him to take his coach with him when he leaves for UT.

      • WVAtty

        He's not going to Texas. Might as well shut that rumor mill down now.

        • Jock Strap

          That's right, Luck is here to stay and that's great news. Best thing to happen in WVU athletics. Everyone stay the course and reap the rewards .

    • Big Larry

      The WVU Holgorsen ship is sinking faster than the Titanic...and yes...

      Its time to jump off!!!!!

      • JimJim

        William & Big Larry you are 100% correct. Keep it up!

  • William

    The biggest quarterback mess in the history of WVU football!
    Don't worry WVU fans Holgorsen will "FIX IT"

  • William

    THE CURSE IS ON WVU FOOTBALL, because of those UGLY uniforms! Get new uniforms is the only way to get rid of the CURSE.
    Holgorsen - "The Man In Black"
    He does not like living in The Hills of West Virginia. He would love to go live in Texas.