One thing you can say about West Virginia football – you don’t want to stop watching the game until the very last play. I was holding my breath throughout the entire 4th quarter, praying WVU didn’t blow their lead entirely as Marshall scored two touchdowns and WVU threw an interception. I wasn’t worried we were going to lose, but it was important that we beat the spread (which was 24). Even though Marshall is not in our conference, we needed to dominate them in this game. I’m not entirely sure we did that.
1. WVU did win, with a final score of 69 to 34. 69 is a lot of points, no question about it. It was the highest scoring opening game ever for WVU.
2. Our offense performed amazingly well – 655 total yards, and those yards were pretty well balanced between rushing (running the ball) and passing (throwing the ball). It’s time for the naysayers to stop with the “WVU has no passing game”. Because we do.
3. Geno Smith (QB) showed us why he should be a Heisman candidate, throwing for 323 yards and 4 touchdowns.
I have only one negative thing to mention: our defense, especially our passing defense, needs some work. A team like Marshall should not have been able to score 4 touchdowns and 2 field goals on us, and we allowed them 545 yards. I’m concerned about what’s going to happen when we start playing conference teams. I’m also concerned that when asked about that, Joe DeForest’s response was that “yards allowed is an overrated statistic.” Umm, what?
Let’s hope that WVU spends this upcoming bye week figuring out how to make a smoother transition from a 3-3-5 defense to a 3-4 defense.
One Final Thought
Besides my writing, watching football, and toddler-wrangling skills, like a true geek, I can bring sci-fi into any discussion. While watching the game on Saturday, my husband and I noticed that if Dana Holgorsen let his hair grow a bit and didn’t shave for a few days, he’d look an awful lot like Captain Weaver (Will Patton) on Falling Skies. Apparently we aren’t the only ones who think so.