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Texas coach Mack Brown sought out Paul Millard after Texas beat WVU 47-40 in overtime.

 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Charting the dividends and write-offs from West Virginia’s 47-40 overtime loss to Texas, a 4-hour, 7-minute study in concussed QBs, torn Achilles and wild momentum swings:

QUARTERBACKS
Clint Trickett’s night lasted 13 plays, during which time he suffered four sacks, two fumbles and apparently one concussion. Yet somehow, through that flurry of mishaps, West Virginia led 9-0.
Enter Paul Millard, who led the offense to 31 points in three-plus quarters but fumbled four times (losing two) and tossed two interceptions—one on the game’s final play. His lack of ball security in the pocket was especially curious, considering he’s the smoothest operator of WVU’s quarterbacks. On one strip, he held the ball for more than five seconds.
“The fumbles, those turnovers are not good,” Millard said. “Mistakes of not taking care of the ball, they hurt. You can’t do that.”
His 16-of-32 passing night accounted for 259 yards and one touchdown, though he continues to throw the occasional skip-pass to open receivers. Ironically, it was an overthrow that represented his most notable misfire—after Charles Sims slipped out of the backfield uncovered against an eight-man Texas blitz. No stretch to imagine that play going for 75 yards if completed in rhythm.

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Charles Sims ran for three touchdowns and 93 yards on 24 carries against Texas.
RUNNING BACKS
After running for 154 yards against TCU (statistically the best run defense in the Big 12), Sims had the same 24 carries for only 93 yards against Texas (the third-worst run defense in the league). Still, the guy never disappoints and churns his feet for every available yard. He displayed power on touchdown runs from the 1, 3 and the 6, and showed burst on a 33-yard run that sparked WVU’s 91-yard drive in the third quarter.
As usual, Sims was a factor in the passing game (five catches for 42 yards), and could have had a 75-yarder on the pass Millard overthrew.
Wendell Smallwood (four carries for 18 yards, two catches for 37 yards) could be next year’s Sims. He slipped several tacklers while taking a screen pass 29 yards.
Among his seven carries for 24 yards, Dreamius Smith bounced outside for an 8-yard touchdown run when he had an open inside lane. He might take some ribbing in the film room on that one.
Fullback Cody Clay, a folk hero even before catching his first career touchdown last week, was used primarily in max-protect schemes against the overwhelming Texas pass rush. On the final two plays of overtime, however, his goal-line curl route brought linebacker Steve Edmund into position to break up slant passes intended for wide receivers. Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said Clay should have pivoted those routes toward the flat in order to pull the underneath coverage outside.
Fullback Garrett Hope, inserted in a twin tight end set on third-and-1 late in regulation, missed his block on Carrington Byndom allowing the UT cornerback to trip up Smith for a loss.

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West Virginia’s Kevin White makes a 31-yard catch against Texas—one of his five catches Saturday night.
RECEIVERS
With WVU’s passers rarely afforded time to make throws downfield, the quick game became a necessity. Against an eight-man blitz in the fourth quarter, Mario Alford caught an inside slant in front of cornerback Duke Thomas and raced 72 yards for his first career touchdown. Alford made four catches against UT and now has 158 receiving yards the past two weeks after having 93 in the season’s first eight games.
Alford, who showed stark improvement in his blocking, ran 20 yards with an end around in OT, setting up WVU’s futile last series.
The big-bodied Kevin White caught a 31-yarder over Byndom but twice failed to pull in contested deep sideline throws. He finished with five catches for 89 yards on nine targets.
Devonte Mathis made a 19-yard grab, his first since Week 4 against Georgia State, but Daikiel Shorts—the team’s reception leader coming in—was held without a catch on three targets.
OFFENSIVE LINE
From the first snap, when Jackson Jeffcoat pushed past right tackle Curtis Feigt to drop Sims on a stretch play, it was apparent Texas was loading up to stop the run. Using seven- and eight-man fronts, Longhorns defensive coordinator Greg Robinson was intent on outmanning WVU’s run game and gambling that his pass rushers could bring pressure quickly enough to minimize the back-end risks.
Jeffcoat was in the backfield frequently, though his lone sack came against left tackle Adam Pankey and resulted in a Millard fumble. Texas wound up with six sacks, getting pressure inside from opposite end Cedric Reed and backup tackle Desmond Jackson, the latter subbing for Chris Whaley who left with a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter.
West Virginia’s line couldn’t like the sack-diminished 2.3-yards per carry, particularly against a UT defense that came in allowing more than 4.6 per rush. But again, there were many occasions when the defense was plus-one or plus-two in the box, making it tough to create holes. That was the case on the back-to-back short-yardage stops that gave Texas the ball back inside the final three minutes with a chance to rally.
“It’s tough to take,” said Dana Holgorsen. “We called two consecutive run plays and we didn’t get a yard. It’s tough to take. I didn’t know what else to call.”
There was a developing second-half story involving center Pat Eger, whose two off-target snaps got Holgorsen hot. In the third quarter, Eger also allowed nose tackle Malcom Brown to come unblocked on what became a tipped interception, and the senior was gone on the next series, replaced by Tyler Orlosky who promptly delivered a block that sprang Sims on a 33-yard run.
“Snaps were awful,” Holgorsen said. “He’s a team captain and it means more to him than probably anybody on the team. That being said, if the snaps are bad and he’s not doing what we need him to do, then we’re going to put somebody else in there.”
DEFENSIVE LINE
The arrow would be pointing up if the stock grade was based solely on UT’s first 12 possessions, but we’ve heard it’s a 60-minute game and WVU’s second-half woes resurfaced. Yes, the Mountaineers held the vaunted Texas running game to 3.7 yards per carry, but that average climbed to 5.4 after intermission. And Texas got rolling even after top tailback Johnathan Gray left with a season-ending Achilles injury.
Will Clarke (five tackles) made West Virginia’s lone sack, a disappointment considering all the blitzes Keith Patterson dialed up. Nose tackle Shaq Rowell was in on seven stops as UT ran it 41 times, and Kyle Rose made three stops and recovered a fumble.
WVU didn’t get much out of Dontrill Hyman, back after missing two games, or Noble Nwachukwu, the redshirt freshman who enjoyed a breakthrough game at TCU.

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West Virginia linebacker Jared Barber made 14 tackles against Texas before suffering a right knee injury in overtime.
LINEBACKERS
Jared Barber made a game-high 14 stops and is tied with safety Darwin Cook for the overall team lead at 71. But either Barber or Cook busted an assignment by not following fullback Alex De La Torre into the flat on UT’s decisive touchdown in overtime. It was a bunched-up, third-and-goal play from the 2 and obviously WVU was hyped to clog the running lanes. Hey, that’s why they call it play-action.
Worse for Barber, his right knee gave way on a cut block by the running back, and the junior had to be helped from the field.
Buck linebacker Brandon Golson had only one stop and one hurry, not nearly the impact needed with Case McCoy dropping back 50 times.
Isaiah Bruce was back in the starting lineup at Spur—with Patterson opening in the 3-4—and made six stops and had one TFL. Late in regulation, when WVU went to a six-DB, two-linebacker look, Bruce was manning the middle and got caught in traffic on Malcolm Brown’s 27-yard run to the 11.
For the second straight week, Nick Kwiatkoski caught a tipped interception. He also made nine stops.
SECONDARY
Pregame storylines don’t necessarily hold true to form, and such was the case Saturday. West Virginia feared the Texas running game, but it was McCoy who put the game on his shoulders.
He completed 27-of-49 passes for 283 yards and threw for a career-high three touchdowns, zipping passes a step ahead of the blitzes. That was the deal on a fourth-and-7 connection to Jaxon Shipley as UT drove to force overtime (with an assist to Travis Bell’s soft coverage).
McCoy’s lone interception hit a receiver between the numbers only to be dislodged by K.J. Dillon into the hands of Kwiatkoski.
About Dillon: He made three stops, including a TFL, and was featured numerous times as an edge blitzer. The sophomore broke up two passes, including a potential touchdown throw to Shipley. On one play in which Shipley got the better of him, Dillon grabbed on and was flagged for holding—a flag that erased a Cook interception.
Cook made six tops and 1.5 TFLs but was late covering Marcus Johnson on a 14-yard third-down catch that led to Texas’ OT touchdown.
Daryl Worley, considered WVU’s best cover corner as a true freshman, had a pass breakup and a few other solid moments in coverage but was beaten badly on a 49-yard score by Mike Davis.
The coverage struggles of heavy-hitting safety Karl Joseph (six tackles) have been noted, but he made McCoy drop in a perfect pass on Shipley’s first touchdown catch of the season.

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West Virginia’s Jewone Snow blocks a Texas punt leading to a first-quarter safety.
SPECIAL TEAMS
Several WVU highlights with no egregious breakdowns. On UT’s opening series, Jewone Snow split twin protectors and blocked a punt for a safety, and Alford enjoyed kick returns of 32 and 43 yards.
The specialists were solid: Josh Lambert ran his string of made field goals to 10 with a 30-yarder, and Nick O’Tool averaged 46.7 yards on seven punts. However, O’Tool’s final effort was a subpar 30-yard chunk that allowed UT to begin its game-tying drive at its 36.
COACHING
Despite a fast start and a roaring near-capacity crowd, another winnable game escaped West Virginia, which dropped to 3-5 at home in Big 12 games. In four of those losses, WVU held second-half leads.
Whether you attribute those late-game fades to depth issues or a defeatist mindset, it’s ultimately up to Holgorsen’s staff to find a remedy. Remember, Texas was crushed at BYU and divinely blessed to win at Iowa State—this is hardly one of Mack Brown’s best teams. But it was gutsy enough to keep its poise and confidence even when trailing by double-digits at Mountaineer Field.
Some may criticize WVU’s play-calling for ending the game with three straight incompletions from the 4, and not giving Sims a chance at the equalizer. But the second-down play actually was a run call that Millard correctly checked into a pass—a throw foiled by the QB’s inability to throw around a blitzing corner. The final two throws were good looks foiled by WVU’s own execution failures.
Blame execution failures on what you will.
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Comments

  • Phil L

    In reading all of these comments, however accurate and/or ridiculous that they may be, it all comes down to a couple of takes:

    - you have to get that 2nd and 1, 3rd and 1 in the 4th quarter. have to have it.
    - you have to get off the field on 4th and 7 with 59 seconds left. you have to make that play. alas, it is what it is.

    Friends, co-workers, family and I have all had the following discussion about this season. Every sane (which they're are not many of) WVU fan knew this was going to be some form of down/rebuilding-ish year I would think. If last year would have ended up being what last year was suppose to have been, people would be a lot calmer about what has transpired this season. Last year coupled with this year, to half-quote the Ol' Ball Coach while with the Redskins..."11-12, not that good!"

  • Big Larry

    "Monday morning stock report: Longhorns keep WVU languishing"

    This is a very accurate & descriptive heading. The definition of "languish" is...

    "To exist in a miserable condition without any leadership."

    1. The Mountaineer football team has had no leadership from their Athletic Director who has been preoccupied this season trying to find another job.

    2. The Mountaineer football team has had no leadership from their coaches who readily admit they have no answers for fixing everything that has went wrong.

    3. The Mountaineer football team has had no leadership from their quarterbacks. Holgorsen's inability to develop a proven quarterback has left the team with no offensive leader.

    4. The Mountaineer football team has had no leadership from their "upperclassman". Since this team has no upperclassmen and probably never will, no one has stepped up to provide any team leadership.

    So yes Allan Taylor, I wholeheartedly agree that this Mountaineer football team is "languishing" and will stay that way for a long long time.

    Anyway, that is just my opinion and I think everyone is entitled to hear it.

    • Andy

      Languish : Big Stupid's existence on this board and planet Earth. Go. Away.

    • Mister Man

      Languishing in C-USA. A gift that keeps on giving.

    • JaneM

      I had said it once I said it hundred times... Speaking about leadership on our football team is simple .... The coach that Oliver Luck had to remove when he called a friend and ask him to dig up dirt on Dana left this team with very little leadership to work with now who would be juniors and seniors on this team now , they're not there.... Thanks to (William ) Bill Stewart ... That's why we do not have upperclassman leadership....

  • David Warnick

    At least WVU is consistent. They will find a way to lose.

  • Jethro

    Boy howdy wvu fans remember in 1991 when wvu joined the big east. 4 and 6, 4 and 5 and 1. people said that wvu can not play with boston college pitt vt Miami . cries of fire coach nehlen were coming from every wvu fan. coach nehlen once said we will raise to there level of play in due time. give coach hol some time or we might have another coach Bowden.

    • Jason

      That makes sense in the '91 scenario...but not in this scenario...What you are seeing now is going to be a reflection of how the program will be in this conference year in and year out..around middle of the pack. There is just too much money and the caliber athletes they have to recruit to be competitive in this conference are just not going to choose to come to WV unless they are passed up by other schools in their home state first. I am not talking about a one or two good skill position players, I am talking top to bottom team of athletes from the O-line/D-line, and not even the starters, you need depth at every position. That really is the main difference between the majority of the D1 Football conferences, the starters for the top MAC schools can play with just about anybody, but when you get late in a game they just do not have the depth to keep up with teams like Ohio State or Alabama...schools in the MAC and CUSA, etc have to recruit prospects that take a few years to grow into a good D1 starter vs. schools like Ohio State and Alabama have blue chip players that can come in right out of high school and contribute, once they get the mental part down, therefore they have depth at every position and if somebody goes down or gets tired, they can rotate people in and not miss a beat. I have seen alot teams like Toledo or Ohio Univ keep it close to Ohio State in the first half, then 2nd half it just gets lopsided. Anyway, WVU just will not be able to recruit the depth they need at all the positions on a regular basis to compete regularly for the top of the Big XII, they will piece together a team once a decade that will compete, but I think they will hover around middle of the pack, give or take a game for the foreseeable future. However they will still make good $ just being in the conference with the revenue sharing, and that is really the bottom line in college sports now anyway, the dollar.

      • Big Larry

        Isn't the 30 million a year or so they will be making, what it is really all about?

      • Mick

        This post makes more since than anything I have ever read on here...

      • Larry

        I agree.

        • Jason

          Thank you! For the record, I am a MU fan, but I follow both teams, I just love college football in general...I try to be objective as possible and will defend MU emotionally if attacked..but I try to stay objective. My post above is just how college football works, it is a business...and the reality is...the state of WV we all love, just does not have the population to churn out high school D1 athletes...if you follow high school sports at all, you know the state of WV produces what, two maybe D1 football prospects each year, and they are typically 2 stars, if lucky...therefore WVU and MU need to go to where the talent is...Florida, Texas, etc....but those kids want to play close to home so friends and family can watch them play and not to mention the programs in those states have alot of money and they compete every year in big bowls...WVU and MU will catch some good players that want to start NOW and not wait a few years and they will also roll the dice on great athletes that have baggage, some of those will work out and some wont...but every now and then there will be a perfect storm of athletes on roster with the right coaching where a team will make a run...but the reality is..do not count on year in and year out playing for the top of the Big XII, the numbers just do not work out...again...The WVU brass wants the dollar and the profit sharing is there for the Big XII....it is what it is.

          • Big Larry

            Marshall fans know football and unlike many WVU fans, have a very good prospective on what is really going on...

            Thank you Jason!

          • Andy

            Awesome somebody with rational thought. Hard to come by these days

          • Andy

            I wouldn't say marshall fans know more football Lol. Everyone who follows football like we do know the game. You guys are just more accustomed to this situation then we are and dont make statements out of frustration. Which is why you guys deserve a season every once in a while like this season and with Leftwich moss and pennington

      • mentalvoyeur

        this is what i have been preaching all along. We are now bottom feeders in a very good confernece. I do however disagree with your one point that it is all about the money now. In theory Money will help you build a better program and find better recruits in order to obtain the ultimate goal of the wins. We may be making more money now but that doesn't make me feel better knowing we are facing decades of 6-6 years.

        • Andy

          Yeah no one should be concerned of money in the future. Thats why we have oliver

        • Andy

          Wvu's program is considered a a top and successful program looking at history. Just not as successful as some of the others because of market value, if anything this good for times during a down year like where we dont get overly criticized in the media and keeps us in the shadows. Look at florida

      • Andy

        Agreed but I wouldn't compare that to mac schools Lol we get good recruits just not SEC worthy. We're still considered a top notch program our history and results dont lie. This will just have to take some time and people. Dont realize Holgerson won the orange bowl with Stewarts recruits. Next year is his year with all of his recruits and from the last couple games we do show some promise to work with

      • Andy

        Most of this I agree with except the comparison to mac schools

    • Marcus

      Yes I sense Hall of Fame greatness walking the sidelines.

    • Andy

      Some of our fans are unbelievable and obviously have no knowledge of football or are just the to irrational. We complain for years why we never get to compete with the likes of Texas Oklahoma etc. I guarantee you in 2006 although we had pat and STeve that wedwe'd never imagined to be in the big 12 let alonew go 1-1 our first 2 years against Texas.People need to undunderstand that this is and has been a young team. Do you remember rich rods first year with 3 wins? As for qb and transfers. Yes all of our qbs are god awful. However Holgerson has had more success than disappointment prior years in regards to qbs and I trust him with that. We are getting decent recruit and they are and have always been the same rated recruits due to our lower market value as a University. Also we've been focusing on adding more jc transfers something we haven't always done and thos guys need time. If they find a transfer with the proper ccharacter values then I see no problem with that. This team has more work ethic and adversity than last year's and I respect them for that. I've worked at the games on sideline for 4 years so I hear and see what's going on with the players and last year's wasn't all to great. If we win out which we should, go 6-6 and go to a bowl against a 4th ranked acc or big Ten and come out with a win. Thanks I find this season and success to our foundation for further advancement and would rather have this year's 7-6 record than last year's any day of the week. Our fan base just doesn't put up with losing which is great to have for a lower market University. Its part of the reason for ongoing motivation in the athletic dept and program and our prior success shows. So guys relax!!! Ya knew how this year was gonna be dont act suprised about it.

      • Andy

        Also for the Holgerson haters I am not defending him at all what so ever. I do see why some of you want him gone and I believe at times he is the worst game play decision maker ever. I kind of wish we would've had him strictly as an OC. I'm just explaining your thoughts and progress of the future of the program.

      • Jason

        I'll buy that. I guess time will tell. I have no real vested interest. But before last season started I said that year would be their best shot at doing something in the big xii with the talent that was on the roster. That team way underachieved. I may be wrong, but as per my previous posts, I predict .500 conference records with a couple non conference wins will be the norm from here on out, with a good team once a decade or so. Time will tell. I am glad MU has doc, but I think WVU would have been better off with doc as the head coach and Holgerson as the OC, oh well...I guess they just thought it was holgs time. But so far, he doesn't really impress as a HC.

        • Troll is back

          If Doc was such a great coach why did he end up at Marshall and why did it take so long ?

          • Jason

            Nobody said he was a great coach, that is still to be determined. I said he was a great recruiter and hasn't proven to be a bad coach, so far. The cupboard was pretty bare when he took over as far as athletes and when it was time to make tough decisions , like firing the DC, he did. He has things moving in the right direction and I am happy to see it...it just takes time in college football to get the pieces in place and MU seems to be turning a corner. I think it is fair to give a college coach 5 years to be fair, unless the wheels completely fall off the bus.

          • Troll is back

            But not the same for Holgorsen ?

          • Jason

            Yes, Holgs needs to be given 5 years before people call for his head..he needs to have a program full of his recruits and coaches for at least one cycle (typically 5 years)...unless he goes winless or something of that nature...but the clock is ticking. However, the reality Luck may have to deal with is, is this as good as it is going to get? That is for Luck and the brass to make that call.

          • Troll is back

            You seem levelheaded glad to have you aboard. Good luck Mountaineers finish strong.

  • Big Larry

    The WVU fans have grown so accustomed to mediocrity that they think giving up ONLY 47 points to an opponent is pretty darn good.

    Although the defense has improved somewhat, they are still giving up way too many yards and points.

    Under Dana "The man in Black" Holgorsen, the WVU Mountaineers are destined to be one of 3 "whipping boys" of the Big 12 along with Kansas and Iowa State.

    Our only hope is to call Huggins...

    He can "Fix it".....

    • Big Larry

      And yes....

      It is a SAD SAD day to be a Mountaineer football fan...

      ...wherever you may be!

      • Keith J

        No, not sad, disappointed at loss, but hopeful due to seeing progress.

  • Doug

    Bottom line is, bad QB play lost this game. Under thrown balls, over thrown balls, holding the ball to long. We do not have a QB this year. I bet that William Crest will start next year. He is a good dual threat. That's great cause he will need to run with this Oline.

  • Chris

    Front seven was good secondary was bad.

  • george

    Who is recruiting now? sure miss Doc now.....................From a historical viewpoint considering last year with the talent that we had, I'm leaning toward a coaching problem,,lack of motivation and inspiration......can kill you in this sport......

    • Elliott

      Really should check the real stats on Doc and Stews recruiting classes. How many defensive players were recruited by those guys.

  • wvrefugee

    Overall, we competed Saturday night! We made chicken salad out of chicken........! Although not a huge fan of Holgs, I did feel he had the kids ready to play a marquee game for us and the kids represented us well in the national spotlight.
    I will continue to support competitive teams, what I will not support is a program that gets blown out and kids that lay down to get kicked.....in any sport!

  • Larry

    One thing is certainly evident, Trickett is way too small to play D1 quarterback, and that's not up for debate.

    • squad

      yeah I think they both are for that matter.... only ford is durable sized....

    • wvrefugee

      bump

    • Andy

      I just wish millard had some talent. That kid knows the offense but he tried to much to throw short yard passes and rarely takes a shot a down field. He needs to realize he isn't geno and we have no wr that can do what tavon can. But our offensive line needs to a better job of security son we launch the long balls

      • Elliott

        Did you see Alford out run those 5 star recruits?

  • Elliott

    Way wrong! This was a good game that shows our team getting better. Which is what this season is all about. With the odds against them when Tricket got hurt, they figured a way to regain things. One play and this is a W. Get back one of the fumbles, make a yard one our last possession in regulation, no interference on the interception, stop a 3rd down in the 4th quarter, or make one of three plays at the goal line. We are growing into a better team. Let's finish strong.

    • Barrett

      What game were you watching? There is no clear D1 QB on this team and the talent level is not Big 12 caliber. I walked out of the spring game saying this team would win 4 or 5 games and...........long behold. When you get a chance check on recruiting and see how 2 and 3 star guys are the only ones coming to Morgantown now. Your post is full of "if" this happened or that happened. No way Trickett makes some of those reads Millard did. Trickett is, first read not there? Chuck it 40 yards up the field. Childress will never make it back to school. Daddy Childress will find him a Texas school to transfer to. Typical WVU fan..........full of if's and what if's. Keep paying 50 bucks a ticket for those 6-6 seasons because I know a bunch of people that will not again.

      • Harpers Ferry

        Barrett, I agree with most all of your post, with the exception being the 2-3 star recruits we're getting. If you remember the Rich Rod Era (which apparently some WVU fans don't since they hate RR, even though that was our most successful era EVER, but I digress), his classes were filled with 2-3 star recruits, and rarely did he get a 4-star recruit. The difference is that when they got here they were coached up from some of the BEST (Trickett, Casteel, Gibby, Kirlavich). Now, our coaches don't do what their paid to do (except the DC, who I think has vastly improved our defense from last year) and blame the players the first chance they get.

        • Troll is back

          So you guys go to practice every day and observe the staff not doing their job? Get real, at some point the players have to be accountable.

          • Harpers Ferry

            Don't have to go to practice, their body of work is evident on Saturdays.

        • Barrett

          Good points. There are guys who have made livings by not being great X and O's guys but great recruiters. Mack Brown being the first to come to mind. I would love to see someone like Phil Fulmer or Frank Solich at WV. Tennessee and Nebraska are still kicking themselves over those moves.

          • Andy

            We had 2 of them there names were bull Stewarts and doc Holliday and we let both of them go. Shouldve had Holgerson as OC for what was suppose to be Stewarts last year and promote doc to assistant head or work something similar like that out.

        • WVWho

          2-3 star recruits in the big east is one thing, 2-3 star recruits in the big 12..enjoy battling it out with kansas, iowa state every year!

        • Marcus

          Harpers Ferry I disagree, best era ever was late 80's through mid 90's. 2 National Championship games and look at the players in the Pro's from that era! The closest RR got us to a national championship was his last unfinished season in a weak big east when he ran out of Dodge in the middle of the night!

      • Andy

        Relax we have big 12 caliber or we obviously would've never beaten osu or tcu or ever stay in the Oklahoma and Texas game. We do need a qb though and thats basically the major reason to our downfall. Our skill players will get experience and improve as already shown in Alford and white. Our coaches do make poor calls and we have to do a better job of finishing games. We could've been 7-3 with proper communication and decision making and with the next 2 games 9-3 season would've been ridiculous for as young as this team is

      • Steve

        If you don't see improvement your not watching the whole deal. Maybe some of you guys would be better off if you go spend your money in Huntington.

  • Joe

    The defense played well enough giving up 47 points and a DC stating in the pot game presser that he ''does not know how to fix it''?! OK then. I thought the stock report rating was spot on.

    In terms of the coaches rating.....I believe it deserves a down arrow. I understand the TE did not clear the space for the 3rd down pass play in OT. But, to not communicate into the huddle to ensure it not happen again on 4th down was completely unacceptable and cost us the tying touchdown.

    • Troll is back

      This is not little league football the coaches can't be on the field to take them by the hand every play, at some point the players have to own up to the mistakes and do their job to excite the play called whether it be from the coaching staff or a qb audible.

  • Toolman

    I agree with the previous posters. The D played well enough. How many UT drives started in the red zone? Several and the D held them to field goals.
    Also, how about including a stock report on the officiating? Geez talk about inconsistency!

  • Jay

    I typically agree with these assessments. However, I completely disagree with the assessment of the defense, particularly the defensive line and linebackers. I thought the defensive line kept WVU in the game. Texas has the ability to run over, through, and around a team. I thought the defensive line and linebackers put Texas in 3rd-and-4 or longer situations all evening...by stopping the run on first and second downs. WVU held Texas to 152 rushing yards. I'll take that. That effort is certainly not worth a down arrow.

    I had a couple people over to watch the game, and at the end of regulation I asked them, "How in the world did the defense give up 40 points?" I thought the defense kept us in the game while the offense sputtered a lot and ultimately fumbled the game away.

  • TLC

    I think you are being a little hard on the defense. With five turnovers from the offense, and holding Texas to 435 total yards is not too bad. They had the team in position to win the game. If the offense could have got one yard in two plays on the final drive we probably would be celebrating today.