Yesterday was a busy football day for me. I began the day by watching WVU beat Texas, then Oklahoma State pulling off a close win over Iowa State, next I listened to the Huber Heights Wayne Warriors 52 -21 win over Springboro in the 2nd round of the Ohio state play-offs, and while listening to the Wayne game, I watched Oklahoma beat Baylor.
I felt WVU’s defense was key to its 38 – 20 win over Texas, and that Jared Barber’s fumble recovery for a TD help fuel the defense. I’ve read where WVU didn’t create the turn-overs, and who created them is immaterial for it’s what team recovers them is what is important.
The interceptions by Nick Kwiatkoski and Darryl Worley helped stop Texas drives, and Worley’s end-zone interception kept Texas from scoring.
I liked the pressure the D-Line got on the Texas QB. The D-Line was non-stop in its pursuit of Texas QB Jerrod Heard, who often found himself scrambling for his life.
Usually I’m criticizing WVU QB Skyler Howard, but today I have to take my hat off to him, for he played a very good game. I was totally surprised when he hit Daikiel Shorts and Jovon Durante who were running in stride and he got the ball out in front of them for easy catches. This is something we haven’t seen enough of this year. The other thing that impressed me was to see Eli Wellman finally get a chance to carry the football. Though Wellman only had 2 carries for 6-yards, one of those was a 1-yard plunge for a TD. This is something else I fell has been missing from WVU’s offense. Maybe someone has been reading my articles, and finally listened to me. – Nah, this would never happen!
Skyler Howard finished the day with a 207.1 QBR, and completed 12 of 14 passes. Congratulations, young man
Special teams also had a good day, especially when it came to tackling, punts, extra points, and field goals. The defense looked a little sloppy at times tackling, but due to the pursuit of the defense they got the job done.
However, WVU still has no guaranteed wins going forward. Iowa State nearly beat Oklahoma State. TCU barely beat Kansas. Texas Tech and Kansas State were in a shoot-out, and Oklahoma beat ‘high scoring’ Baylor. If WVU keeps playing the way they have played the past 2-weeks, they could win out and have an 8 – 4 season.
I for one don’t think Holgorsen is going anywhere, for he has something to prove, and he has the team going in the right direction. The other thing is Oklahoma State must win out for them to have a shot at the NCAA play-offs. Should OSU lose then for the 2nd straight year the BIG XII will not have a team in the play-off games, and for the 2nd straight year the Big XII will not have a clear conference champion.
The one thing WVU is doing is getting away from playing teams that aren’t members of the Big 5 Conferences. This will go a long way in helping WVU in the rankings, providing they can win these games.
Now, if Holgorsen will just get Cody Clay more involved in the passing game.
I’m looking forward to seeing Wellman get another running TD this coming week against Kansas. I like seeing Wellman running the ball, for he is a big powerful runner and he showed that with his 2 runs against Texas.