WVU vs. USF Grades: A Unit-By-Unit Look At The Mountaineers Victory Over The Bulls

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 1: Kick returner Tavon Austin #1 of the West Virgina Mountaineers grabs a bouncing kick and runs for a touchdown against the South Florida Bulls December 1, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. West Virgina won 30 - 27. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

That bitter taste in my mouth from Thursday’s game has been replaced with the sweet taste of oranges. I never knew oranges could taste so good. Then again, I didn’t know orange juice came without vodka mixed in.

While some teams would be disappointed about backing into the BCS, we’re West Virginians, we love backing into things. Just walk around the parking lot at any Walmart in the state and look at all the big trucks backed into spaces. That is our style, it is how we roll.

Overall: B-
I’m grading this high because we ultimately won the game, but for the life of me I have no clue how it occurred. We did everything in our power to give away this game away. I’ve heard some say, probably myself included, it just shows that Dana is a better coach than Stew because we are winning these games. “Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Huh? Think, McFly.” We are winning the same percentage of these games as we did under Stew.

We just got lucky other Big East records fell the way they did.

Offense: D
What in the hell is going on out there? We looked absolutely inept until the fourth quarter.

Defense: B
Saved the day by forcing a turnover USF’s final drive. I hope Keith Tandy doesn’t get drafted by the Tampa Bay Bucs because he loses all of his physical ability to play football while playing at Raymond James.

Special Teams: A
For all that Tavon Austin lacks in punt catching ability, he makes up for with the way he returns kick-offs. That boy is electric. Bitancurt once again saved his most clutch kick of the season for the last play of the game.

Offensive Coaching: D-
Insert a paragraph from last season’s offensive troubles here. I’m too lazy to do research so, I’ll just write a new one, but I’m sure you will get the picture.

Zero passing touchdowns the entire game against a secondary that was awful against Louisville. We punted from the USF's 37. Horrible clock management in our final possession will be glossed over by the fact that Studman Bailey made a great catch. I thought we got rid of Stew this offseason?

Defensive Coaching: B-
While they were not overly impressive, this unit got the job done. While there was still some inconsistent tackling and a lack of pressure on the QB, we forced two big turnovers that ultimately won us the game. The worse part of the effort were the back-to-back timeouts in the second half.

Replay Official: F
You’re an idiot.

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