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West Virginia turns in uninspiring performance against Utah in the Heart of Dallas Bowl

Fitting end to 2017, honestly

NCAA Football: Heart of Dallas Bowl-Utah vs West Virginia Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t have a lot to say about this glorified exhibition game.

Would a win have been nice? Absolutely! A close loss would have been fine, honestly, because this game really didn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things. But, man, did the West Virginia Mountaineers just waste over three hours of our time (and theirs) with this bowl game. Utah cruised to a 30-14 win, and the Mountaineers will finish with a 7-6 record.

West Virginia did absolutely nothing offensively for the largest part of the game. There was the one touchdown pass to Ka’Raun White, who became the second Mountaineer receiver to break 1,000 yards, in the last two minutes of the game. The Mountaineers followed that by successfully recovering an onside kick, and then promptly threw an interception on the next play.

The defense was marginally better than what we saw against Oklahoma. David Long is still a beast.

Special teams made a good play by forcing Utah’s punter into coughing up the ball, and Billy Kinney had a few really good punts.

Again, I have really don’t have much good to say about this game. Injuries late in the season decimated the team, and now Dana Holgorsen is going to have to sit down and figure out how much of the offensive woes in this game are due to the injuries and how much is due to coaching.

On the bright side, Jevon Carter plays Trae Young in eleven days.