LAWRENCE, Kan. — Blaming insufficient effort and more inconsistency in the passing game, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson called it “probably the most disappointing game of the year” after West Virginia fell to Kansas 31-19.

“We came in and just didn’t give ourselves a chance,” said Dawson, who had plenty else to say in Saturday’s postgame interview above.

With Clint Trickett sidelined by a concussion, Paul Millard completed 23-of-42 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns, but he also forced two interceptions, leading to 10 Kansas points.

“Obviously the two turnovers are big. I definitely could have played better,” said Millard, now responsible for six turnovers during the past two games.

Charles Sims ran for 99 yards on 16 carries. He took a screen pass 12 yards for a touchdown on West Virginia’s opening drive and ran 6 yards for another score with 28 seconds left in the game.

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Comments

  • Troll is back

    Mountaineers let's put this one behind us and move on. Let's go Mountaineers.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Millard has a lack of mobility.
    Offensive line coach not doing his job.
    I think the 3rd field goal attempt blocked this yr.
    Holgorsen went for 1st down in our own territory with over 5:00 min. to go in 3rd. Qtr. when we had no momentum - that's panicking.
    Head Coach has to make his assistant's much more responsible. Even if they need to have emotional outbursts like himself. Remember Coach Trichett. ( That offensive line would'nt come trotting off the field like they did'nt have a care in the world if he were here - they would be hell to pay and right now.)You have to get them up or our coaches or just putting in time.

  • Rock Solid

    If you think this is bad, wait until next week when Iowa State comes to visit! I've watched those boys play and they show up every week. The results may be the same as we are suffering, but there won't be a lack of effort. If Kansas caused a collapse of what little morale we have we will get killed. A good effort and a win would do a lot to make this winter more tolerable. Most of our players try hard but constant failure to achieve any sign of success just saps their emotion and by the end of the 3rd quarter we just seem to give up in most games. How we beat OK State was because we didn't know we shoudn't beat them. If we had valid Big Twelve quarterback I'll bet we would have won the Texas game, the Texas Tech game, and possibly Baylor( I just threw in Baylor to give you guys a laugh).

  • richard

    JUST LEAVE DANA!! LUCK MADE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE IN HIS CAREER WHEN HE HIRED HIS OLD BUDDY DANA. OFFENSE??? WHAT OFFENSE??? DANA IS NO OFFENSIVE GURU----NOT NOW ANYWAY. I THINK THE DEFENSES HAVE CAUGHT ON. WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT----GOOD OLD FASHION MIX THE RUN WITH THE PASS IS THE BEST OFFENSE. ASK ALABAMA. A LITTLE DEFENSE WOULDN'T HURT EITHER!!

  • don

    Every 1st down; off tackle for very little or no yardage. All year long. Definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Unbelievable from someone who is supposed to be an offensive guru. And what happened to the spread offense?

  • Rick

    Has nothing to do with players, everything to do with the poor coaching staff.

  • Joe

    Is Oliver Luck even around anymore? His silence is deafening!

  • rekterx

    I expected Kansas to put up some points because our defense is so depleted.

    But I did not expect us to have only 7 points at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Offense was supposed to be DH's big thing.

    Oliver Luck publicly explained the dismissal of Stew and the hiring of Dana by saying, in so many words, that offense is what puts fans in the seats because that is what they want to see. He clearly implied that the days of the inconsistent Stew/Mullens offense were being left behind. He was wrong.

  • Jack

    Defense has a lot of players out due to injuries, but we are in dire need of talented players and smarter coaches. As big as the offensive linemen are, they can't open holes for the running game and they can't pass protect. Sure hope they can recruit some good quarterbacks because we sure don't have any. Offense is anemic. Really hurts to get walloped by the conference cellar dweller.

  • Tom P.

    A sad day in the history of WVU football.

    • Dennis

      It is a sad year to be a mountaineer where ever you may be!

  • tw eagle

    except for the "scripted" plays to open the game and the "garbage time" yards and points , the WVU offense didn't exist . . .
    whoever is responsible for the O game plan and play calling should be run out of town
    "on a rail" . . .

    • tw eagle

      well , I guess Holgerson ain't gonna fire himself , so I guess he's gotta fire Dawson . . .
      someone better fall on the sword for the mess
      of a season this has become . . .

      just what did the O do this past week ? practice the plays to open the game and
      nothing else ? as usual , the receiving corps had another brilliant day of DROPS . . .even squirts feeling secure enough to be half stepping after balls. . .with a careless crew like these , I'd stick Clay and #42 at TE's and run a full backfield . . .if they show no effort in the games , how hard could they be working in practice ?

  • Marty

    Don't worry we play Bama after our next game we'll start next year just like this one gonna end very very bad

  • Hedgesville

    a typical coaching comment. throw your players under the bus. its the coaches job to get the players ready, not be ready to throw those kind of comments out there, but then that's all this coaching staff knows to do, apparently not coach. its always everyones fault except the coaches. please Santa, send us a football coach for Christmas.

  • SPIKE BISHOP

    What Did You Expect With ALL The Kids That Are Hurt? What Did People Expect With All The Kids That Are Hurt?/ Granted We Need Help At QB, But Also OL And DL And Corners And Safeties.

    • Joe

      The offense is offensive. Line cant block so what do we do empty the backfield ! The defense is thin. I will acknowledge that. But the first two years we didnt acknowledge the need for a defense. These coaches recruited mist of this team and yes only six or seven of the senior class remained this season. Who was the rocket scientist that snared the three qb s we have.

  • Rob T.

    I LOVE THE MOUTAINEERS! But Kansas
    Wow! We need something new! Direction, identity, offense? Not sure........