I knew WVU would blow its game Saturday night against Oklahoma. With only a five point lead and almost three minutes left in the contest, I realized the defense would give up another touchdown.
Just more heartbreak for us passionate Mountaineer fans and I don’t think we can take much more. Talk about a glutton for punishment. This was as bad as getting sick on Thanksgiving day. You know - an upset stomach and not being able to eat all of that great food that has been prepared.
You get yourself pumped up – only to be let down – like a punch below the belt.
Tavon Austin was simply unreal. He was fantastic. Austin was playing the tailback position for the first time in his 4-year career. Rushing for 344 yards and having 82 through the air. Then if that wasn’t enough, he gained 146 on kickoffs. His all-purpose yardage of 572 shattered the old mark. He also broke the WVU single game rushing mark with his total.
Then there was Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey hooking up again like they did early in the season. Bailey had four TD catches and 205 yards receiving. Geno was solid while 20-35 passing for 320 yards and even running the ball when he had to for 52 yards.
But, then there was the defense and the special teams.
This defense cannot stop anyone. The Mountaineers will be lucky to get a sixth win, which they need to become bowl eligible. The next games are against Iowa State on the road and then Kansas at home. Neither of those games are very easy.
With this defense, we can make any quarterback look like a first round NFL pick and make a good QB seem like a Heisman candidate.
AD Oliver Luck needs to tell head coach Dana Holgorseon to fire his defensive coordinator Joe Deforest, the secondary coaches and special teams coach. The WVU special teams and kicker are so inconsistent.
The missed extra point by place-kicker Tyler Bitancurt came back to haunt them. When he missed it, once again, I knew it would be bad and could cost them the game, or at least a chance to go into overtime. But, maybe that just spared us more heartbreak.
At least I wasn’t as disappointed as in past games. I have come to expect the disappointment at the end of the WVU football games.
… The Big 12 Conference has announced that the Dec. 1 Big 12 Conference football contest between West Virginia and Kansas at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va., will be televised on FSN at 2:30 p.m., ET.
Congratulations to Marissa Manns of Tug Valley High School for being listed on the honorable mention list for the Class A state volleyball team.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to email@example.com)