Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
WVU has now dropped its fourth straight game and has an uphill battle to just become bowl eligible after starting the season 5-0.
I chose that picture because it shows exactly where this football team is: in a fog.
Where do I begin? What started as a season with high hopes now boils down to whether or not they can win another game to become bowl eligible.
While the offense was able to get somewhat back on track in this game, several defensive breakdowns were still prevalent and three (four if you count the missed downing of the ball deep) huge special teams gaffes proved to be too much to overcome for these Mountaineers. A bobbled kickoff, a crazy bounce on a punt and a kickoff return allowed for a touchdown accounted for the major mistakes on the so-called third side of the ball this afternoon.
Tavon and Stedman for the most part were their usual selves, with Bailey putting up the kind of numbers he was regularly posting before his ankle injury. Despite a couple of questionable decisions and a few inaccurate throws, Geno was back to putting up good numbers as well, but the lack of a running game is severely hampering this Mountaineer offense. The offensive line that was so strong early in the season is absolutely struggling against the higher talent level and stiffer competition in the Big 12.
With upcoming games against Oklahoma next week, at Iowa St. on Black Friday and then finishing up at home against an improved Jayhawk team, this team must regroup quickly or it will find itself home for the holidays for the first time since the 2001 season.
Hoops starts in 2 days, by the way.