West Virginia ended the season in a big sloppy mess on snow covered Yankee Stadium to put a final stake in a frustrating season. The Mountaineers lost six of their last eight games to finish 7-6, which is certainly quite a fall from where they stood in September.
Where does this team go from here?
1. How will DC Keith Patterson improve this defense, be it recruiting the right players or tweaking the system to match what they have. This was one of the most historically poor defenses in program history, and the one thing they were able to do this year fairly well was stop the run. Not once this season did the team allow a 100 yard rusher but they did so twice on Saturday, to the tune of 369 rushing yards.
2. There will be a massive void on offense as Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey move on to the NFL. And the sentiment is that what shame it is this team couldn’t do more with them at their disposal this year. Dana Holgorsen has demonstrated an ability in his past to develop at those positions, but will they have to take a step backwards first before moving forward again?
3. Somewhere midway through the losing streak talk picked up about how difficult the Big 12 was bound to be. Then the Mountaineers ended the season losing to a team they’d played 60 times through history in the Big East, a team the current senior class had on their schedule every single year of their careers. What to make of that?