Contrary to public opinion, to me there is nothing stunning about the Mountaineer's 14-49 loss to Texas Tech.
I never thought very highly of West Virginia. I for one still cannot understand how the then #9 Mountaineers gave up 63 points against then #25 Baylor, and as a result Baylor gets dropped from the rankings and WVU moves up to #6? But anyways, we all know Geno Smith and the offense are quite explosive, but I can never think highly of a team that does an average job on defense against teams that they should be blowing out, and then gives up no less than 45 points to teams that should be more of a challenge.
Today West Virginia's lack of defense finally caught up to them as they lost to Texas Tech 14-49. You don't need to be a sports analyst to know that all it would require to take down WVU is to keep Geno Smith off the field, although that has proven to be very difficult seeing that opposing offenses score so quickly.
Well, the first thing you think when you see the #5 team in the nation lose to an unranked team is that WVU must have made some crucial errors right? Nope. West Virginia did not have a single turnover, and only committed 2 penalties for a total of 10 yards. Texas Tech on the other hand committed 2 turnovers and 5 penalties for 41 yards.
I'll never deny that WVU can put points on the board, but I have also known that they would begin facing serious problems in games that the offense couldn't get going. I was actually impressed that they were able to keep it up as long as they did. If the Mountaineers want to bounce back from their loss and finish the season strong, they need to spend a lot of time cleaning up that defense.