They're No. 19 nationally and No. 2 in the Big 12 (216.64) and have found different ways to run throughout the season. Included lately is quarterback Michael Cummings, who has been capable in read and option plays.
"We can coach off of this," defensive coordinator Joe DeForest said. "I do know we have to do a better job keeping that guy contained."
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CORNERBACK Pat Miller, who was not in the starting lineup for a second straight game, ended up playing a lot and turning in one of his best performances of the season.
He was called for pass interference the first time a ball was thrown his way, but he was needed after starter Ickey Banks went out with an injury. Miller finished with three pass break-ups.
He started the first nine games, but was pulled from some games during the five-game losing streak and was then rumored to have left the team. A fringe website sited an unattributed source saying Miller had quit before the Oklahoma game.
"I don't know where that came from," Miller said. "People talk on the social networks. I don't know how it happened. I was at practice every day. I never missed a day of practice, so I don't know where it came from.
"You can't let outside distractions mess with you. That's not what's important. What's important is the people in the locker room with us. They're going to play. People say what they say, whether it's true or not, and rumors spread fast, but you can't let that distract you."
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SAFETY Darwin Cook was also back in the starting lineup after coming off the sideline the previous two games and not playing the one before that. Cecil Level, who had been playing in Cook's place, did not play. Cook made nine tackles and forced the decisive turnover near his end zone.
He said he had a nerve injury against Maryland Sept. 22 that turned into a right "hip, knee, leg thing" and gave him a limp and trouble moving smoothly. Cook said coaches were upset the limp turned him into a target.
"You could see me limping around on film and coaches don't want to see you limping around," he said. "We didn't know what it was. Nobody knew what it was. But limping on the field looked bad."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.