Saturday, September 25, 2010
Noel Devine hurt, West Virginia in trouble
By Brian Bennett
BATON ROUGE, La. -- West Virginia's worst nightmare is developing here in Death Valley.
Noel Devine missed a large stretch with a bruised right toe suffered in the first quarter. After sitting a series and a half, he came back in for one play. That was a play-action pass that Geno Smith threw for an interception. Then he missed another entire series. He's back now, but you have to wonder how effective he'll be.
With Devine out for so long, the offense has sputtered. Meanwhile, LSU has gotten the crowd revved up. Patrick Peterson's spectacular punt return for a touchdown gave LSU a 17-0 lead, and this stadium earned its reputation as the loudest around.
It's all Bayou Bengals right now, and West Virginia is searching for answers. LSU looks a little too athletic, and the momentum is definitely in the home team's favor.