West Virginia in the Big East's BCS triangle
College Football Videos
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia is still waiting for that one game with solid performances on both sides of the ball.
The third-place Mountaineers (7-2, 3-1 Big East) will need that statement game on Friday night in easily their toughest test of the season at conference co-leader Cincinnati (9-0, 5-0).
Even if West Virginia pulls out a win against the perfect Bearcats, there's other marquee matchups at home against co-leader Pitt on Nov. 27 and the regular-season finale at Rutgers on Dec. 5.
"Now it's a three-game season," said West Virginia linebacker Reed Williams. "After all the games that we've played this season, it comes down to these three and we have to have them. To have our destiny in our hands, it's huge for us."
For Pitt, it's a two-game Big East season. The Panthers face Notre Dame this week and have a week off before meeting their final two opponents — WVU in the Backyard Brawl and Cincinnati on Dec. 5.
West Virginia's defense held Louisville out of the end zone on Saturday but the offense struggled most of the game against the conference's worst defense. Running back Noel Devine missing most of the second half nursing a sore ankle and the Mountaineers crawled to a 17-9 win.
"We stopped ourselves a couple times," said West Virginia quarterback Jarrett Brown. "We're still waiting on that game where the offense and the defense are on the same page and give a complete game."
It definitely didn't happen Saturday.
West Virginia is still shuffling its young offensive line in an attempt to find the right combination. Eric Jobe started at center against Louisville after spending time at right guard earlier this season, while Joe Madsen moved from center to right guard.
The offense managed just 14 first downs against Louisville and had its lowest output of the season in points and yards with 273.
Brown went 9 of 17 for just 94 yards. With Devine touching the ball just once in the second half, Jock Sanders led the Mountaineers in rushing with 66 yards on 12 carries.
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.
- Rossi: Penguins’ best bet is on Martin
- Burnett’s stellar start paves way for Pirates’ victory over Diamondbacks
- From injuries to front office, Penguins’ season didn’t lack drama
- Spirit Airlines lifts fortunes of Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
- Penguins president: General manager, coach won’t be fired
- Young defensemen make case for future with Penguins
- High risk, reward with 1st-round quarterbacks in NFL Draft
- Biertempfel: Observations from a day at the ballpark
- Elites, media & character
- Pirates’ Cole reinforces status as emerging ace
- Pitt AD Barnes has enjoyed varied career in college sports