West Virginia managed to stay in the AP top-25 after Saturday’s loss, coming in at No. 25.
What a fall.
Two weeks ago this team was on top of the world, ranked No. 5, and not only in contention for the Big 12 title in their first season in the league, but in the conversation for the national title.
Today, what different story.
Note, no defensive players were made available to the media post-game.
*West Virginia’s defense gave up scores on eight straight possessions against Kansas State and the coaching staff was left searching for answers in the post-game.
*WVU now has the worst ranked pass defense in FBS football at 120.
*Geno Smith broke his streak of passes without a interception, and threw two by the end of the night. Colin Klein meanwhile was doing it all.
*The offense has been held to 21 points in the last two games. They put up 246 points in the first five games.
*The team is currently projected to be in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 29 in Phoenix by prognosticators. That could of course change five or six more times before the season is over, but recall this team was considered a BCS bowl bound after starting 2-0 in the Big 12.
Dana Holgorsen: "We've got no excuses. It starts with me. We've got to keep plugging along and trying to get better."
Joe DeForest, co-DC: “We’re just trying to find a guy to make a play. We had six true freshmen play on defense. Not an excuse, by any stretch. It is what it is. We’ve got to find a way to make it work. I’m not going to blame the kids. It’s our job as coaches to find a way to get them to understand.”
Geno Smith: "This is about as low as it gets. I've never had to deal with adversity of this manner and I've got to do a better job of being a leader and stepping up and getting guys to respond."
Keith Patterson, co-DC: "We’re just trying to get somebody out there who can make a play, challenge receivers. Again, it’s something you’ve got to evaluate and see where we re and then make decisions."