This season is many things now, but above all else it is a race to six wins. That means WVU has to win one of these next two games or the season is over by the time the Mountaineers head to Lawrence, Kan., to face the Kansas Jayhawks and their schemes and the inevitability they win one of these Big 12 games sooner or later.
I took some heat over this on Twitter, but WVU, which has been the underdog in its last five games, something that hadn’t happened since 1992, is a 14-point underdog this weekend. True, the Mountaineers are 2-7 in their last nine games away from home, but the opponent Saturday is a TCU team that’s pretty ordinary on offense. I can’t wait to see the over/under on this. What, 34.5?
It’s a bad time in the empire. The Shogun just stays inside his castle and never comes out. And he ain’t relaxing either, either.
It was July and though practice hadn’t even started, Dana Holgorsen was tiring of suggestions his offense wouldn’t be the same in 2013 because of all the players it lost to the NFL draft.
“I haven’t lost any sleep,” the West Virginia coach said, knowing Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey were in the NFL and another receiver and three offensive linemen were also gone from the starting lineup.
Well, it’s almost November and the season is nearly over, if not literally, then certainly competitively with a 12th straight bowl game sliding out of reach. Holgorsen is tired of losing and his 14th defeat in 34 games in charge of the Mountaineers changed the chorus.
“I’m losing sleep,” he said.
Holgorsen said he “probably gave ourselves too much credit,” and while he didn’t lay it at the feet of his quarterbacks, the fact remains this team plays well when its quarterback plays well and struggles when its quarterback struggles. On Saturday, Clint Trickett’s issues with accuracy were, in his words, “apparent” and a wealthy contributor to what went wrong.
“Not being in the system long enough only gets you so far,” offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson said. “The reality is the reason we’re not making those throws isn’t because you haven’t been in the system for a year or two years. You’ve got to make those throws.”
Last night, I let the party get the best of me. Waking up in the morning, T.F.G.D. laying next to me. My edits are in [brackets].
Am ending my self imposed exile to say “Beat The Hell Outa Pitt!”
The good helmets make us look like an HBC.
I figured it out. Holgerson is dressing for the job he wants, not the job he has. He wants to be a water boy for the Raiders.
Ah yes the four hours every week I devote to watching incomplete passes has returned
The starting qb and best option had a season 49% completion rate and 0% today. You think about that.
Dear God, they recovered a fumble!!
K state looks better than us… but it’s 0-0.
Hey! A post! I NEVER saw that coming
Might Dreamius be a better between-the-tackles runner?
I never thought I would utter these words…put in Millard!
I wonder how many times this season I have yelled Where was he throwing??
No pressure on Trickett yet and still the passes aren’t hitting his receivers even on short passes.
Workin the body.
WVU hasn’t look this lethargic and hopeless on offense since the short lived Adam Bednarik era
Looks like defo is finally getting to nick.
Did O’Toole’s girlfriend break up with him?……
If the wind is a factor, why not establish the run during the first quarter. It will run the clock and can’t be any worse than the passing.
Still 1st quarter and you already smell the desperation.
This secondary couldn’t cover leftovers.
There has been a Lockett playing WR at K State since about 1996
Pass the butter, Banks just got toasted.
And K-State with an insurmountable lead of 7-0!
What was Darwin Cook doing there?
Ok. I am not going to die at the age of 46 because of this team. I’m just gonna drink and enjoy the ride. Let the booze kill me
The move to WVU has cost Charles Sims approximately 6.8 million dollars
Fourth down at midfield. I wonder of Holgs thinks we’re “moving the ball.”
Fair catch at 5? We need that guy!
Maybe K State sucks?
Biggest run of the game is Dreamius between the tackles. Let’s try more of it.
TV guy just said ‘now you’ve got to get used to another center’s butt …’
Did the announcer just say you have to get used to a Center’s butt? True…but eww.
Tell me the color guy did not say what he just said.
This offense lacks butt familiarity.
I knew these guys didn’t know their [posterior] from their elbows
Squirt squished but hangs on!
We put all three backs in there on first down in order to go play action and throw it. I’m at a loss.
Mo Defo, mo problems.
Ever notice how [shoddy] teams miss PATs but good teams always make them?
Almost a stroke on fielding (Not fielding) that punt.
This dynamite special teams unit is only costing us 500k a year…
Howard ain’t 250. He ain’t a LB either.
This is more like the BE brand of football we were used to.
The phrase “West Virginia dominating” was just uttered.
Carswell STILL spectacular on the deep ball…as long as Clint doesn’t overthrow him.
Oh my god! He just said you have to respect the deep passing game of West Virginia!
Some place, some where, Brad Lewis is snickering.
If Trickett leads Carswell that’s 6 and possibly 7 points. Instead we get 3.
Lambert don’t miss Jack (the previous extra point notwithstanding)
How can a kid get to Saturday with this footwork, let alone the eighth Saturday?
Sims is avon cobourne…very good back, but not good enough for the homerun
Smallwood small cojones on that block attempt.
Clint Trick or Treat…I’ll show myself out
Gutsy play! Too bad we didn’t get it, but I like it!
The decision-making. Oh, that’s right. It sucks.
Really?…. signing off now…. another self imposed exile
Who the hell fakes a field goal there?
I know Les Miles. I’ve watched Les Miles. Dana is no Les Miles.
Shocking that your backup punter and field goal kicker don’t run the option very well.
That looked like nobody knew what was going on. Including Dana.
Forgot we were a juggernaut that laughs at three points and feasts on copious touchdowns.
Winning with this team like running in molasses, especially when you’re coached by these … what rhymes with molasses?
Mike, you can’t possibly defend this anymore. Lousy start. Desperate coaching. Another embarrassment looming.
Not to say you are defending him, but the objective gloves have to come off the more you see this.
I did not see a made 50-yd FG coming. Boy.
I’ll be darned. A long range FG. By WVU. On the lookout for unicorns now.
Two refs in the backfield and neither can call an obvious freaking hold on Kstate
Okay defense…please keep your A-game going. Hell, I will settle for your B-game! Lol
Ickey Banks is appropriately named.
Yo Dana! Free timeout there. Sure you didn’t want to think about that play?
Why would anybody run on us when they can pass?
THIS CLINT TRICKETT FATHER. !@#*$$%&*#($&@%@%!!!
Wilting, wilting, wilting…
Can we rename MPS to Don Nehlen Family Stadium and bring him back?
Bottle of Pinot Noir and a straw…screw a glass!
Holy geez the wind can’t be THAT strong
Be sure to add that pathetic attempt to handle a 5 man rush by the o line to Tuesday’s Bad.
Pretty much the same team returns next year. Anybody trust Holgorsen to make them better? I sure don’t.
This is pathetic
To stay in shape, the Mountaineer will start doing push-ups when the opponent scores.
This is not going to be Dana’s best week. Holy f’n s***
So look, Texas, it’s me again. I need to make a move sooner than later. Please call back. -Oliver
Head down, weeping.
Props to the WVU fans in the stands still clapping and representing Mountaineer pride despite Dana’s dumbassness…yes…dumbassness. It’s a word.
Seriously what is up with our return teams running perpendicular upon getting the ball? DeForest can even makes Sims look like a freshman!
Do people really say you’re too hard on special teams? How is that possible? Multiple units are visibly and repeatedly flawed.
I refuse…REFUSE…to give up on Dana (anybody who didn’t know this season was gonna be bad is lying)…but I give up on his season.
I’m pretty sure Snyder just sincerely apologized to Dana for that last touchdown.
Happy Holidays, Mrs. Casazza! No worries of a bowl game ruining the husband’s family time!
At the beginning of the 4th I questioned our strength staff but HCDH ruined this game down the stretch. I’m begininning to wonder if he has any clue what he’s doing. Pathetic!
Looks like you’ll be free during the holidays.