MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Attempting to reconcile West Virginia’s discombobulated season can be maddening. Good enough to knock off league frontrunner Oklahoma State, sorry enough to lose at Kansas, with frequent boosts and dips in between.

Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said his unit heads into the Iowa State game—and then the offseason—needing to become more dependable.

“It just shows you that you can beat the best, and you can get beat by the worst. You can get beat by the guys at the bottom, and you can beat the guys at the top – that’s where we are as a program,” Dawson said Tuesday.

West Virginia ranks 42nd in passing offense nationally (253.3 yards) but only 100th in passing efficiency, 88th in scoring offense (24.7 points) and 112th in third-down conversions (32.5 percent). There are 123 teams in the FBS statistical rankings.

“That kind of ties into the whole consistency deal,” Dawson said. “We beat Oklahoma State, and then we go on the road and play the most God-awful game of our life against Kansas. That’s not the same team who played those two games.”

Watch Dawson’s complete post-practice interview from Tuesday above.

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Comments

  • dave lafferty

    no use of tight end. no running game despite two great backs. way too many long down the sideline passes...seemingly in desperation. center problems all season...snaps too high and too slow. overall, not a hard-nosed football approach. still cannot cover downfield passes...safety issues that were never addressed for two seasons. lack of good coaching is evident...overall, IMO. recruiting needs to improve both lines. DL

  • OldSkool

    More often than not, the play calling was pretty good, but a lack of execution killed us! Any number of times during the season we had people in the right places against the defensive
    look we wanted, and we would drop a pass, miss fire on a pass, etc. Of coarse there were a number of bonehead play calls as well leaving many fans scratching their heads. Point is, we are much improved over the
    Jeff Mullen days.

  • Harpers Ferry

    In related news, Edward Hyde is considering bringing forth a lawsuit against WVU because he says they are giving him a bad name.

  • don

    And for Lord's sake somebody get these guys off the mandatory off tackle on every first down. Perhaps a swing pass to the flat or a slant across the middle, just to break up the monotny.

  • The Wisetalker

    Unfortunately I think we witnessed more "Hyde" moments than we did "Jekyll" moments.

    Look for the cyclones to defeat the Mountaineers Saturday 34-28.

    Hopefully no one will stand in line in the cold to buy tickets for this one.

    Be Smart and watch it on TV.

  • tw eagle

    well , after the O genius gave the Kansas game away , it's only right that his O buddy
    Dawson "fall on his sword" . . .I really can't believe that the debacle at Kansas will live
    on without a body getting sacrificed to the
    God's of Victory . . .

  • Steve

    Coach Rod had the big third down problem 1 year and finally swallowed his pride and found that a fullback was actually useful. Dawson and Holgerson are a lot like Rod. They might find a fullback and put him in this "wonderful" offense and let him touch the ball 5/6 times a game. Might pick up a third down and short once or twice a game. Might get that percentage around 40. Until Dawson and Holgerson get a little less stubborn this offense is gonna struggle. If it is so simple to coach then these coaching gurus can figure out how to stop it almost as easy.

    • Marcus

      Steve, I totally agree! The thing is every coach now is running this offense and the defensive coaches go against it every day, you have to give it a wrinkle or tweak like a fullback and please use the tight end! Look at Georgia Tech I'm using this as an example when you don't see the triple Option they can beat anybody on any given day.