Fun start to Texts From Game Day today. This is the first one that came through this morning. It is not my house.
We’re live inside with a scene from Mountaineer Field. Won’t you join me?
Kansas State arrived at around 5 p.m. and went from bus to field in black warmups. The Wildcats are walking around, doing nothing in particular, while the Mountaineer Mantrip begins and ends and delivers WVU to the field. Pink security creates a separation between the two teams and you sense just a little tension.
WVU does what it does for every home game and populates the flying WV at midfield and bounces around to the music. Kansas State players slowly turned and walked away, certainly in line with their persona and so as to not create any unnecessary motivation.
Also, and this is weird, the dress lists is done but isn’t being handed out until later.
Onto the live post.
Tapping out, folks. Thanks for partying with us.
Geno’s limping. There’s no reason for him to be in the game, right?
Geno’s second interception is on him. The safety was underneath that throw and saw it the whole way.
Feel free to chime in on this, because the result is no trouble to me, but are you interested in seeing a Good/Bad Tuesday?
Three new linebackers and a new safety.
Basically the second-team defense in with 11:34 to go in the third quarter.
I have to say, I’m really shocked by this. I’m shocked the offense is this inept and I’m shocked Kansas State, as sharp as that team is known to be, has been this good.
Also, Art Brown was the first defender to intercept Robert Griffin III last season. Special talent there.
Arthur Brown, who is pretty good, gets the elusive interception. And Geno had JUST set the single-season record for passes without an interception.
And all jokes about WVU’s defense aside — and entirely valid and appropriate — but something is very wrong with the offense. One touchdown, for all intents and purposes, in the past six quarters. Take it a little further and the 70 and 48 point games were against two of the other worst defenses in the nation.
Collin Klein is 14-for-16 for 226 yards. His two incomplete passes: Bad throw to a receiver who was behind the defense, bad luck by a receiver who stumbled and was behind the defense.
Speaking of desperation … Tavon takes a knee on the kickoff. There are 17 seconds left. Much better chance to score on the return.
Not entirely sure I agree with blitzing on third-and-7 when Klein’s doing whatever he chooses … but WVU blitzes and gets schooled. Desperation, I suppose, but nothing is working.
Blitz. Klein goes outside. This is brutal.
Surreal and reality. How’s about surreality. Joseph is getting picked on and it’s a little awkward.
You wanted backups…
We’re both wrong. WVU absolutely NEEDS its defense here. There’s juuuuust enough of a pulse in here to make it interesting at the end of the half.
And Hertz is calling for an onside kick. I foretell a special teams meltdown.
That had been WVU’s sorts start since 31-0 third-quarter deficit in 2004 Gator Bowl. WVU lost that one 41-7.
Tavon with a momentary save … but you know what the bad news is.
WVU defense has allowed 27 scores (25 touchdowns, two field goals), forces four punts and four turnovers and two fourth-down stops.
And Joseph, as physical as he is, wanted no part of that. Klein rumbled in for a touchdown.
Pretty confidence Kansas State isn’t punting here, either. This is methodical and WVU has no answers. Lockett is schooling Joseph.
If the continues in the current direction, there’s going to be a lot of empty seats in the second half.
Net punting takes a hit. Bitancurt’s 25-yard tap drops the 33.9 average.
Stedman looks limited. I know he caught the screen pass and made some moves, but on the third down pass, he just stood there while Garrison went one-on-defense.
Fans booing LUSTILY. And that was before a terrible punt.
WVU defense has forced one punt in last 24 drives, two in 26 and four in 39 possessions in conference play.
Good work by Pat Miller jumping on the pile … FROM THE BACK.
This is Kansas State’s adjustment. WVU Was doing a pretty good job packing it up inside. Kansas State is now running options and quick plays outside.
Clever design by Kansas State — Klein acts like he’s waiting to get the block outside, but throws outside — but a better play by Garvin to tackle Lockett in space.
Joseph ran into a 6-4, 256-pound fullback, by the way.
Blitz loses again. Joseph gets stonewalled and Klein scampers for 18 yards. Getting a little ugly a little early.
I don’t have to tell you what this means, but Kansas State is a 69-31 run-pass team. Kansas State threw eight passes and ran nine times in the opening quarter. The incompletion, if not for a bad pass, could have been a touchdown.
Geno had a receiver open in the middle sweeping across the field and he held on long enough — and low enough — to let Meshak Williams knock it out. WVU lucky to punt there.
Brown’s pretty good. That wasn’t an easy tackle and he made it. And doesn’t Garrison seem to lack just a little wiggle?
Klein can’t throw? He’s 6-for-6 for 104 yards and a touchdown. Wildcats have but 10 yards rushing.
… witnessed by that. Can’t ask Joseph to guard Lockett.
Rumph and Banks are your corners and Joseph is covering slot receivers … and he can’t.
Miller came out on third down and was out again on first down and Klein aims at Ickey Banks — back at cornerback — and gets a pass interference for his trouble.
You wanted to see the backups …
WVU loses on the blitz. Hit Klein hard, but Klein completed the pass. That’s two 30-yard pass plays (31 and 35) already.
First-and-15 and WVU negates the advantage with an offsides penalty.
Miller. Went the wrong way.
Chess match there. Klein and WVU’s safeties were playing with one another before the snap. Kelin ended up keeping it.
Disaster there. Third-and-1. Eight in the box and the other team’s best player makes the for a two-loss. Bitancurt’s punt is short but ends up taking a nice roll. Covers 49 yards and the Wildcats have a first down at their 8.
Good sense of urgency to start — incomplete pass on second-and-8, sub two receivers for two running backs, take a timeout as the 1 rolls toward 0 on the play clock. That was a lot harder than it needed to be.
Sted lasts three plays and comes off in favor of McCartney.
Kindler wastes no time making a tackle — wait, what?
First time three games WVU didn’t allow a touchdown on the opening drive.
No Bailey on the kickoff return, either.
No Pat Miller on that third down. He lost his lid on second down. Klein finally carries but Francis was disciplined and forced it outside for a loss of a yard on third-and-4 at the WVU 15-yard line. Wildcats take a lead on a 33-yard field goal.
Rigg has Huber for a five-yard loss on second-and-8, but Hubert wiggles free for three yards. Irrelevant because Klein completes a 31-yard pass to Lockett. Zero pass rush there — and you better believe that was outof respect to Klein’s legs.
And Will Clarke didn’t start, either. Kyle Rose got the nod.
Also, Stedman was not on special teams there.
And Nana is starting in Brodrick’s cornerback spot. Lots of changes to the second string on offense and defense, too. Feigt backs up Spain, Thompson backs up Copeland and Tavon, Robinson backs up Woods, Petteway is the backup Buck (behind Francis, as opposed to Tyler Anderson), Barber is the backup Will behind Rigg and Nick Kwiatkoski as the backup Sam.
There it is. Kindler is the starting right tackle. Pat Eger is out.
Hey, 7 mph winds from the southwest!
Interesting Texas Tech v. TCU finish … and interesting to note the Red Raiders have 321 yards of offense.
… I say that and I haven’t seen Clarke take a snap on defense yet.
Also, Bailey, Braun, Clarke and Bruce LOOK good. I was attuned to the health of a variety of players this week and what injuries might mean, but those four in good shape is, of course, good news for you.
Nana Kyeremeh taking the first-team snaps at corner in these warmups.
And now WVU initiates a midfield hootenanny. It happened quickly, and I can’t say for sure how it began, but Geno was talking to someone from Kansas State and it escalated from there. Probably can’t accuse WVU of lacking energy tonight. That looked manufactured.
Clarke is dressed. That’s probably the only other question mark.
And Alston is not in uniform.
I was out in the blue lot earlier today with some friends and it got REALLY windy, which then transitioned to the rather obvious talking point. We ended up downloading an app that measured wind speed and gusts took us to 21 mph.
The weather has cleared up and improved considerably since then, but the wind topic just won’t leave us.
ESPN had a conference call earlier this week with Todd McShay and he had some interesting things to say about Geno:
I think he’s the top quarterback prospect in his class. Last week was obviously not his best showing. There are some things he can learn from that. He reverted back to locking on to his primary receiver a little too much, which was a problem early last year.
I know he doesn’t think it and wasn’t want to admit it. But either a different human being was in his jersey playing that game, or the wind did effect his throwing and his accuracy. Because there were throws that I’ve seen him make 40 times that he just did not make, and he needs to make.
So there are little things that he can improve upon coming out of that game. But overall when you look at his body of work and where he’s headed and having spent time with him and knowing his approach to the game and how competitive he is, the leadership quality that’s he brings the football intelligence that he has blew me away. Just how driven he is as an individual, and you compare all of those qualities to some of the other top quarterbacks in this class that have been highly disappointing so far this year, to me, everyone else has to chase Geno Smith.
It’s not Matt Barkley, it’s Geno Smith who is the premier quarterback to chase if you’re one of these other guys. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s the first quarterback taken. Now there is no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this class, but Geno Smith is the closest thing we’ll have in 2013, I believe..
The Fiesta Bowl is also here, which makes more sense.
High comedy in the press box! Hertz’s “L” key isn’t working. He must copy-and-paste every time he needs an “L” which ought to be a lot of fun in a footbaLL game with CoLLin KLein playing for WiLdcats..
Also, he’s in shorts. Everyone else who is on the field has their uniform pants on. I have my suspicions about his status right now.
Alston is warming up in unlaced Nikes and doing some sort of self-test. He starts, cuts and slows five or so yards at a time. There is no one with him for evaluation purposes … so I don’t know what to think.
I edited for alphabetical order before and accidentally left Jeff Braun out. He’s on the dress list.
Possibly related: Redshirt freshman Marquis Lucas, who hasn’t played all season and hasn’t dressed too often, is dressed. He’s a (right) tackle.
Snow played a lot last week. Wasn’t great, but he was a body and he can play middle, where Bruce is playing, but is at least bothered by his hip.
Dress list! It’s missing: Brodrick Jenkins, Travis Bell, and Jewone Snow. It features: Stedman Bailey, Shawne Alston, Isaiah Bruce and Will Clarke.
There are bowl reps in attendance, too. This sometimes cracks me up, like when the Orange Bowl attended the WVU v. Maryland game. But attending this one? The Meineke Car Care Bowl!
Scouts from the Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are scheduled to attend the game.
I said pink-clad security and wasn’t kidding. Behold!
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