What the devastating nature of last week’s loss to TCU did, apart from break hearts inside a sullen West Virginia locker room, was mask the fact the Mountaineers did a lot of good things that could have combined to beat a team in the top 10.
Saturday was quite different here and there can be no mistaking WVU did more than enough bad things to lose to Texas, 33-16.
There were missed field goals, horribly timed penalties, an interception deep in WVU’s territory, a failed fourth down inside the opponent’s 10-yard line, a little bit of interference from the officials and plenty of poor blocking, tackling, passing, running and defending to see the Mountaineers limp into an open week before playing host to Kansas State Nov. 20.
The biggest mistake came before kickoff, though. Coaches and players agreed the Mountaineers were not ready to play before the crowd of 95,714 at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium.
“Obviously not,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said. “We got out-coached and out-played on all on three sides of the ball in the first half. We weren’t ready to play. We wanted it to be easy and it was hard. We wanted it to be easy and it was really hard. I don’t know why. I didn’t do a very good job getting the guys ready.”
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