WVU Losing Streak Grows Amid Welter Of Mistakes

WVU Losing Streak Grows Amid Welter Of Mistakes


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia wide receiver Sam James had a game to remember while West Virginia played a game to forget, losing to Texas Tech, 38-17, before 56,573 fans on Saturday.

The loss was WVU’s fifth in succession, the first time since Dana Holgorsen’s second team in 2012 won its first five games and then lost its next five despite having Geno Smith at quarterback and Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey at wide receiver.

West Virginia receiver Sam James cuts in the open field
West Virginia receiver Sam James cuts in the open field

Ironically, that losing streak started against Texas Tech, whose offensive coordinator at the time was current WVU head coach Neal Brown.

The Mountaineers were buried early and there was no one around to dig them out of the hole that came with Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey leading his team to a touchdown the first five times it had the ball.

“We got off to an extremely poor start defensively,” Brown said. “We settled down an did some things better but we’ve got to be ready to go defensively and we weren’t. We didn’t get any pressure on the quarterback all day. He stood back there,” Brown continued.

After recording nine sacks last week, WVU had none this week.

“They were able to run it efficiently on us. The run totals were just OK, but they were efficient,” Brown noted.

Tech ran for only 127 yards but four of the five touchdowns came on runs of four, two, one and two yards.

The passing touchdown, however, which really ignited Texas Tech, came when Duffey threw 81 yards to Dalton Rigdon, far beyond a Mountaineer secondary that came out in disarray early, giving Duffey 205 passing yards in the first quarter.

It was James who represented the Mountaineer offense in this one, even though he had some dismal moments, too.

He caught 14 passes, second in WVU history to the 16 caught by Kevin White on Nov. 8, 2014, against Texas. His 223 passing yards were the most in a game since Gary Jennings gained 225 yards receiving against Oklahoma last year, and the fourth best all-time.

Still, when asked about the day, James labeled it “frustrating,” having had four of the Mountaineers’ seven dropped passes.

“I could have done better,” Jones said. “I did not take advantage of the opportunities presented to me.”

This was especially frustrating to have happen this week because Brown and the coaching staff had issued a catch 500 balls challenge for the week.

“We each had to catch 500 balls during the week before the game,” James said. “All the guys did it.”

The one who caught the most balls (533) in the challenge off the JUGS machine was George Campbell. Campbell caught three passes for 95 yards with a long catch of 50 during the game.




Texas Tech built a 35-10 lead at halftime, the sat on things while WVU continued to frustrate itself with missed opportunities, leading to Brown making the decision to lift quarterback Austin Kendall for new backup Jarret Doege.

Brown’s numbers looked good with 26-of-43 passes for 355 yards, but there were no touchdowns and on a few occasions he had receivers ahead of the defenders deep but threw floaters that the receivers had to slow down for, which prevented them from becoming scores.

The crowd was happy to see Doege relieve Kendall — aren’t they always cheering the back up in tough times — and Doege did fine in his first appearance.

He completed 11 of 17 passes for 119 yards and a meaningless 9-yard touchdown pass to debuting freshman running back Tony Mathis with five seconds left.

It doesn’t get any easier next week when they travel to Kansas State, the team that upset Oklahoma, for a 3:30 p.m. game.

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    WVU Losing Streak Grows Amid Welter Of Mistakes MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia wide receiver Sam James had a game to remember while West Virginia p
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    JAL

    Difficult to beat anyone with so many mistakes.

    #103344

    I didnt realize td’s were meaningless. Especially since it was from a transfer that is seeing his first action and a freshman that is also seeing his first action.

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    I agree, vacationeer.  In terms of the outcome of the game, it didn’t matter, but hopefully there are some benefits that arise for Doege and Mathis as a result. Whatever the opposition at the moment, a little bit of success can help.

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    That was just a very ugly disappointing game.  And yes, a TD at the end was meaningless to the outcome.  Maybe, Coach Brown can bring this team back from the ashes like he did after the Missouri game, but it looks very doubtful.  Even one more win this year would be very surprising to me.  I have continued to support Kendall, but it is time for a change.  He under threw at least 3 sure td’s if he had put a little more air under the ball.  The defense failed to show until late in the 2nd qtr. when the game was already decided.  The offensive line was a complete and utter failure.  Texas Tech had all day in the pocket to pass.  I thought the defensive line was the strength of the team.  Texas Teech lost to KANSAS last week for goodness sakes!  It’s time to play all the kids and see what they have.

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