The West Virginia Mountaineers lost their first game of the season on Saturday in their “worst offensive performance since 1995.”
I told myself I wasn’t even going to talk about the Mountaineers’ performance vs. Iowa State this week, but then I decided that it actually needs an entire article dedicated to itself. Let’s talk about it.
Coming into this matchup, West Virginia was 5-0 and the only team in the FBS that hadn’t trailed all season. That quickly changed when the Cyclones cruised into the endzone with 13 seconds left in the first quarter, leaving the Mountaineers in the dust for the remainder of the game.
A glimmer of hope came when defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow blocked a field goal attempt that Derek Pitts recovered and ran back for a 72-yard touchdown, cutting the Cyclones’ lead to 20-14 going into the half.
Unfortunately, the second-half slumps got the best of the Mountaineers yet again, resulting in a 30-14 loss in Ames.
So, what exactly went wrong?
Short answer: everything.
Major problems that aren’t at all new. CC: Three red zone interceptions against Kansas.
The Mountaineers were 1-for-10 in 3rd down conversions and the offense ran a total of 42 plays. Ouch.
Also, Will Grier attempted 15 passes. The entire game. But that’s not all, folks. Grier was sacked SEVEN times by the Cyclone defense. Seven. He rushed for -33 yards. Ouch again.
Iowa State RB David Montgomery ran all over the place, racking up 189 of the Cyclones’ 244 rushing yards. Quarterback Brock Purdy completed 18 of 25 passes for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns.
I think these stats say it all.
So, where do we go from here?
The Mountaineers have a bye week this weekend (thank God), and I’m hoping they use every bit of these 10 days to prepare for Baylor next week. A 2-2 conference record means nothing, obviously, and if they go into the game with that mindset, they will lose. Again. And we will be having this same conversation in two weeks.
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