TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

West Virginia in the Big East's BCS triangle

College Football Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
By The Associated Press
Monday, Nov. 9, 2009
 

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.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Lower Valley observes Memorial Day with parades, services
  2. Cops: Man shoots 11-year-old with BB gun; boy is critical
  3. Pirates reassign Liz to make roster room for Morton
  4. Morton’s return means Liz leaves
  5. Rossi: After L.A., NFL should tread carefully
  6. Acme man’s ephemeral sculptures appear to defy laws of physics
  7. Couple attempts theft at North Huntingdon Wal-Mart
  8. Police charge Allentown teen for beating, holding ex-girlfriend at gunpoint
  9. Wrong-way driver causes head-on crash in Center
  10. Early success in White House race a pleasant surprise for Carson
  11. North Hills students share their knowledge of German language