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."
- The Cincinnati-Miami of Ohio series ain't what it used to be, Bill Koch writes in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
- Louisville is looking to build off Wednesday's win over Kansas State, C.L. Brown says in The Courier-Journal. And after seeing West Virginia struggle again, the Cardinals and others have to be thinking this league race is wide open.
- Credit Syracuse for not scheduling softly. Tomorrow's game against Northeastern is the Orange's first against an FCS/I-AA team in six years, Dave Rahme writes in the Syracuse Post-Standard. Couldn't come at a better time, either.
- The pressure is on for Pittsburgh redshirt freshman outside linebacker Greg Williams, who was exploited by Buffalo and now must play well against Iowa. Paul Zeise has the story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- South Florida nose tackle Sampson Genus will not play tomorrow at Florida International because of an ankle injury, the Tampa Tribune reports.
- Rutgers' defense hasn't forced a turnover in two games and the Scarlet Knights have the second-lowest turnover margin in the FBS, Tom Luicci writes in The Star-Ledger. They'll look to change that against Navy and its triple-option tomorrow.