After coming onto this blog today I was very surprised. Of course, we should have beat USF and their team led by 2nd string QB. There have been many on this blog that have stated........
that only 10-2 is acceptable this year w/ the level of talent we have on both sides of the ball (remember, the defense was a STRENGTH at the beginning of the season). However, I think many of us cannot be that surprised by the results of Friday's game. In games we have vastly superior talent vs. our opponent we are undefeated. In games w/ comparable talent we are 1-2 (I guess I'll give you UCONN, but reluctantly). After the opening drive, WVU looked uninterested, hesitant, indecisive, and downright ugly.
Jarrett Brown easily had his worst game of his career. His decision making was his biggest flaw and he didn't display a sense of urgency that a leader must possess in the final 6 min. when WVU was down by 2 scores.
The offensive coordinator called a dismal game. Noel Devine, Jock Sanders and Tavon Austin were secondary targets compared to Starks, Arnett and that number 4 (tall guy who has no business being a football player). I also lay some of this blame on Brown.
The offensive line was porous and couldn't open ANY holes for the running game.
The defense is EASILY the worst defense WVU has had in over 25 years. The defensive line doesn't put much pressure on the QBs and when they do they don't keep containment, the linebackers are slow, hesitant, inept at tackling and unathletic for the most part. The secondary is plain and simple.....a circus.
Bill Stewart did a poor job preparing this team for this game as evidenced by the team's body language on the sideline and during the game. His decisions to punt the ball and gain 15 yards of field position instead of going for it on 4th down were concerning. He simply made decisions late in the game as if we have an AVERAGE defense. It was perplexing....We all knew we weren't going to stop SFU once they had the ball late in the game, yet he kept giving them opportunities to run out the clock.
All of this falls on the shoulders of the "CEO" and "COO" of the organization (Ed Pastilong and Bill Stewart). The state of WV needs a source of pride to rally around and that historically has been WVU football. We lead the country in illiteracy, obesity, geriatric poverty, and are highly ranked in unemployment. WVU football is taken a bit more seriously than in other states/regions and not one of us should apologize for it. Don't fear being elite because frankly it's about all WV has, besides its obvious aesthetic/tourism aspects. Demand excellence and voice your displeasure about the current situation or else we'll end up in the EXACT situation as our opponent this coming Saturday.