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Friday, September 19, 2008
Sunrise in the East: More problems in Morgantown


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

West Virginia ran for more than 300 yards and its defense allowed no points in regulation after the first five minutes. And the Mountaineers still lost 17-14 in overtime to Colorado because they hurt themselves continually with penalties and mistakes, Dave Hickman writes in the Charleston Gazette.

The lack of a true power running threat is killing West Virginia, which was just 3 for 13 on third downs last night and is 12 for 34 on the season. What Bill Stewart wanted to avoid has happened: The Mountaineer offense has become too predictable. They have scored just two touchdowns in two games and are 0-2 against major-college competition. It's going to be another long week for Stewart and his guys.

"The Huskies have used wide receiver Isis Moore and defensive back Josh Massey -- a former sprinter at Notre Dame-West Haven -- to try and simulate Griffin's speed in practice this week. Edsall admits it's not a true representation.
"We're not going to be able to adjust to the speed until we see it Friday night," Edsall said. "With a guy like this, there will be some missed tackles. It happens in every game when you get those really good athletes."