Total yards: 700
Passing: 581 yds. (29-47)
Rushing: 119 yds.
Turnovers: 1 interception
At first glance, one may believe this to be part of a video game’s box score; however, those of us
in attendance of Saturday’s game know all too well the reality behind the numbers. The WVU defense
was not good, particularly the secondary. Granted, there is nothing to take away from Baylor for their
gameplanning and execution were nearly impeccable; that Florence is going places, but something
must give on my favorite side of the ball. The inability to get off the field on third down killed any chances of
WVU keeping the lid on the Bears’ potent mix of offensive power.
When news first spread of the decision to implement a 3-4 defensive scheme, I was elated. However, I
know too well what type of personnel it takes to bolster such a defensive ideology. Struggles were to
be anticipated because the different levels that existed in the 3-3-5 stack were now being taken away;
no more safety nets: the days of bending, not breaking were over. That leaves us with Saturday’s effort.
Yes, the boys in gold n’ blue played hard and were always in position to make the plays, but I’m not 100%
sold on the talent level. I believe the linebacking core and defensive line played fairly well, given the
circumstances. Although, the LB’s bit hard on play action way too often for my liking. After the game,
co-defensive coordinator Joe DeForest repeatedly stated personnel evaluations were going to be made
during the course of the upcoming week. I cannot help but to believe we will be seeing some
new faces in the secondary, particularly at CB.
As the adage goes, “defense wins championships”. After looking at the statistics of championship
teams in both the college and professional realms of football, it is easy to see that this statement is very
true. However, there is one huge statistic that is ALWAYS overlooked in regards to this belief: the vast
majority of the aforementioned champions most oftentimes possessed a top three offense as well. It is fair
to say that we already have the ingredients for part of the championship recipe, but WVU needs to get it
figured out, and figured out fast with Texas knocking on the door.