Originally Posted by WVRed
Turnovers was pretty much the Mountaineers undoing tonight as WVU lost 47-21 in their initiation into the SEC.
The more I watch WVU, this offense is a carbon copy of the Air Raid offense that Kentucky ran during the 1990s. It will work in the Big East and even the Big 12 and maybe the ACC, but the SEC has the speed and athleticism to beat teams with it, as LSU showed tonight. If WVU ends up in the SEC, they are going to have to make some adjustments or they will end up middle of the pack.
LSU isn't flashy, but they do just enough to win. The first two TD's took the air right out of Mountaineer Field and even with surges by WVU, I don't think they ever really took it back.
Geno put up 400+ yards through the air. I think Holgs would be fine in the SEC with time to recruit that caliber of athletes.
I was impressed by our offense tonight, they really played well (save the turnovers and the early adrenaline personal foul on the opening drive). Geno had plenty of time to throw all night, not one sack allowed (unless you count that personal foul). I really think Holgs has us in the best position offensively since White and Slaton were running all over the place.
The defense on the other hand tried to keep us in the game in the first half but WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too many arm tackles and whiffs against a team the caliber of LSU. I also know we lost 8 starters from last years d. I hope almost all next week they are hitting the tackle dummies and practicing wrapping up.
Special Teams must still be coached by Bill Stewart and the whiffs on the KO return were sickening.
In closing A million lessons are learned in a loss. I think we saw a glimpse of what this team is capable of offensively there to start the 2nd half. And after watching some of our future opponents USF is the only one that really scares me but "any given saturday".