There is a chill in the air, there are leaves on the ground and West Virginia is a team raking up losses at the end of the season. Apart from that, the Mountaineers aren’t showing many signs of a team in late fall.
They are instead in another freefall, one extended by last week’s loss to No. 11 Kansas State and one plagued by problems that ought spring up in spring football. This is why the head coach summons adjectives like “horrible,” “garbage,” “horrendous” and the kind-by-comparison “very below-average” to describe what he witnessed.
“We didn’t get the job done, and that’s on me,” Dana Holgorsen said. “I’ve got to do something different. I’ve got to do something better.”
True, all of it, and certainly he’s drawn his share of criticism for when, where and how he decides to kick field goals or go for first downs on fourth down or calls timeouts or just accept the score on the board and head to the locker room for halftime, to say nothing of that meaningful matter of having his team ready to play.
Yet it’s also not worth arguing that he’d be helped if his players gave him some help, a tall task against the string of opponents the Mountaineers have played, but one that’s made easier if they make what are or were or should be routine plays.