The Mountaineers are No. 119 nationally in scoring defense at a ridiculous 42.2 points allowed per game. In conference play, WVU has allowed 50.9 points per game, which comes out to 356 points total points. That alone, in seven games, would be the second worst season in school history.
WVU is also No. 115 in touchdowns allowed, with 56. That’s remarkable, when you think about it.
We can agree Oklahoma State, No. 3 in both scoring and total offense, has a nice thing going. The Cowboys have 56 touchdowns this season.
Baylor, which just stunned Kansas State, has the likely Biletnikoff Award winner and is No. 2 in total offense and No. 5 in scoring offense, has 57 touchdowns.
WVU is as bad on defense as those two are good on offense.
You say the defense is a failure and I say it’s a sudden failure, not because it just happened, but because things go bad so fast. The Mountaineers have been accomplices to 13 touchdown drives this season that lasted a minute or less. That’s a little less than a quarter of the damage done and that’s a crisis in the Big 12.
The Mountaineers’ defense hasn’t shown the ability to force opposing offenses to grind out drives. They’re softer than a Twinkie or Sno Ball, but unlike Hostess, still expected to produce.
Including the Sooners’ final drive, which lasted six plays and 2:17 before OU scored the game-winning touchdown with 24 seconds left, WVU’s defense has allowed 25 of 44 touchdown drives in under 2:53 against Big 12 competition.
Baylor scored its nine touchdowns in an average of 1:50.
Same goes for Oklahoma State, which had six offensive touchdowns. Oklahoma (8-2, 6-1 Big 12) scored seven touchdowns at an average clip of 2:20.