That was an ugly game. Even though I fully expected WVU to lose, watching it play out was more painful than I thought it would be. Mostly because we could have and should have won.
The first quarter started out so well. The Sooners were making mistakes, our defense showed up, and RB Dreamius Smith had a beautiful 75 yard TD run, giving WVU an early lead. We might actually win this!
And then… it all fell apart. Mistake after mistake after mistake.
Someone should check the temperature in hell, because I’m about to say nice things about our defense. I know, right? But, for the most part, they did what needed to be done. Despite the heat, and despite exhaustion from being on the field for practically the entire game, they were doing everything I’ve been wanting them to do: reading the ball, tackling, recovering fumbles, even catching interceptions. This was what I expected to see in the William & Mary game-an experienced defense taking care of business.
- There were so many turnovers in this game, I felt like I was watching a tennis match. Or a high school football game. The offense had multiple opportunities to capitalize on Oklahoma mistakes and penalties, and they blew every chance. WVU was fumbling, muffing punts, and throwing interceptions.
- Special Teams? I can’t even look at you right now. Although, in their defense, I think our special teams coordinator was a little distracted.
Except for the first few minutes of the first quarter, our offense was a mess. A MESS. I lost count of how many times WVU went 3 and out and had to punt. Where was the uptempo, no-huddle intensity we’ve all come to expect? That’s not a rhetorical question, someone please tell me! I was disappointed in just about every aspect of Millard’s performance, and equally disappointed in Coach Holgorsen for not pulling him out. Holgorsen took off his headset and yelled at Millard a few times, and Trickett started warming up sometime in the 4th quarter, but he was never put in. Twitter and I were both extremely confused.
I realize Millard is a rookie, and maybe I should be more understanding about some of his mistakes, but The Timeout Situation was unforgivable. WVU used their last time timeout with over four minutes left to go in the third quarter. How does this happen, you say? Well, sometimes it happens because your QB doesn’t know what in the world is going on when the play is setting up, so you have to use a timeout to avoid a delay of game penalty. After this happens enough times… oops, you’re out of timeouts. Not a good place to be. In that situation, it’s even more important to watch the playclock, because you don’t have a timeout to save you. For example, it would be really stupid to let the playclock run out when your team is trying to convert a 4th-and-2 late in the fourth quarter. Because then your 4th-and-2 becomes a 4th-and-8 that you of course miss and your team loses the chance to make a comeback.
Up next: A home game against Georgia State. Who? Maybe I can get through this game without my head exploding.
Let’s Go………. Mountaineers!