WVU notebook: Defense enjoys vindication
College Football Videos
AMES, Iowa — The last time West Virginia's defense allowed fewer than 30 points in a game was in a 31-21 win over Maryland on Sept. 22. That was eight games ago.
Saturday's 31-24 victory at Iowa State provided some measure of vindication for a defense that had given up 49.6 points during a five-game losing streak that ended with Saturday's win.
“Our defense played really, really well,” defensive coordinator Joe DeForest said. “They implemented the game plan, they fought hard, and they didn't miss as many tackles. Ultimately, turnovers win games for you.”
WVU created the only turnover when redshirt junior safety Darwin Cook knocked the ball loose from Iowa State running back Jeff Woody and freshman Karl Joseph recovered in the end zone for a touchback with the Mountaineers holding a 31-24 lead late in the game.
“We had to go out there and make one more stop,” Cook said. “We made the big play at the right time.”
• WVU kicker Tyler Bitancurt hit the upright twice on field goal attempts. One attempt missed, while the other banged off the upright and through. Bitancurt's reaction? It's about time. “Coach (Dana) Holgorsen has been reminding us to prepare and expect the ball to bounce our way, and that's exactly what happened,” he said. Bitancurt converted 3 of 4 field goals.
• Tavon Austin established a new WVU record with most receptions in a season. Austin had six catches for 99 yards to reach 106 catches this season. He set the previous record with 101 catches in 2011. Austin has 12 touchdown receptions this season and 29 in his career.
• Stedman Bailey had 82 receiving yards against Iowa State, giving him 1,342 yards this season, a school record. Bailey set the previous record with 1,279 yards in 2011.
• Bailey has 21 touchdown receptions this season and a school-record 37 in his career.
— John Harris
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- WVU football ticket sales on decline
- WVU quarterback Trickett ready to put experience to use
- Slimmer Shell settles in at WVU
- West Virginia football team gets big kick out of punter O’Toole