Saturday, September 10, 2011
Upset alert: Norfolk State 6, WVU 3
By Andrea Adelson
Upset alert in Morgantown: Norfolk State is leading West Virginia 6-3 early in the second quarter.
The Mountaineers are probably lucky the score isn't worse. Norfolk State drove to the West Virginia 8 on its first drive thanks to a 56-yard completion. But a series of penalties forced Norfolk State backward. So far backward that a first-and-goal at the 8 ended up in a 50-yard field goal. When Norfolk State reached the red zone a second time, West Virginia fans started booing.
Meanwhile, West Virginia has not been able to generate anything on offense, with 19 yards over the first 10 plays of the game. The Mountaineers were stopped on fourth-and-3 at the Norfolk State 5 when Andrew Buie picked up 1 yard. The same offensive line problems that showed last week against Marshall are showing once again in this week.
If you want a glimpse of that, take a look at what happened early in the second quarter. West Virginia had six attempts -- six -- on first-and-goal from the 1 but failed to score a touchdown. One of the attempts gave West Virginia a new set of downs when pass interference was called on third-and-goal. But the Mountaineers could do nothing with the opportunity. They could not run it in; they could not pass it in. Instead of going for it, Dana Holgorsen opted for a 17-yard field goal from Tyler Bitancurt.
Clearly this offense needs to get better in a hurry.