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Saturday, December 4, 2010
WVU taking care of business, if not ball

By Brian Bennett

The only way West Virginia was going to lose to Rutgers is if the Mountaineers were concentrating on the Connecticut outcome and came out flat.

But even with two seemingly costly turnovers, the Mountaineers are having no problems early on.

They lead 14-0 after one quarter despite continued fumbling problems. Ryan Clarke, who coughed it up at terrible times earlier this year at LSU and UConn, lost the ball inside the Rutgers 10. Later, Jock Sanders fumbled at the Rutgers 13.

But the Scarlet Knights can't capitalize because their offense is no match for the scary-good Mountaineers D. The nation's worst offensive line has already allowed two sacks, and now that they're playing from behind, it could get ugly.

Geno Smith is slicing up the Rutgers defense, even when the Scarlet Knights only rush three. This is a total mismatch, and as long as West Virginia takes care of the ball to a slightly competent degree, it will clinch a share of the Big East title.