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Saturday, November 20, 2010
Mountaineers get passing game going

By Brian Bennett

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- West Virginia's offense was handcuffed on its first series and looked to be on its way to a second straight three-and-out until Geno Smith hit Tavon Austin for a 25-yard pass.

That seemed to loosen things up, and the Mountaineers found something they liked against the heavy Louisville blitz. On another third-and-long in the red zone, Louisville brought the house, but Smith found Jock Sanders on a well-executed wide receiver screen, and Sanders took it near the goal line. Noel Devine punched it in for a 7-3 West Virginia lead.

It looks like the passing game will be huge for both teams. Louisville found no running room at all for Bilal Powell on its first drive, but two long passes to Cameron Graham put the Cardinals in field goal range. Both these defenses are strong and are stacking the line of scrimmage. It's going to be up to the quarterbacks to pick up the pressure and find single coverage down the field.