MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - For the first two games, West Virginia played seven players along the offensive line and noted the benefits of resting players, even within a series.
That preceded a lineup change for Saturday's 41-7 win against Georgia State (0-3). Pat Eger, who had been busy as backup left and right guard, started at center. Tackle Nick Kindler was left as the only reserve because Tyler Orlosky, who had been the starting center, didn't play until late in the fourth quarter.
That came after Eger "tweaked" an ankle, according to offensive line coach Ron Crook.
Crook said Orlosky practiced once during the week because he returned home to Cleveland following a death in the family. Guards Marquis Lucas and Mark Glowinski played the entire game. Kindler absorbed snaps for tackles Quinton Spain and Curtis Feigt and sometimes played both sides on the same drive.
"It worked fine," Crook said. "Tyler was ready to go. He could have played if we asked him to. We didn't want to put him in a position where he hadn't been there all week and then we asked him to go out and execute things. That would have been unfair to him."
Eger had never played center in a game before last week's loss to Oklahoma, and Saturday was his first start. He had no issues snapping to quarterback Ford Childress, who made his first start.
"He and Tyler both have been very consistent with it," Crook said. "The reason we moved (Eger) there in the spring was to learn that part of it. Learning to snap the ball is one thing. Learning to snap it with somebody lining up across from you who you've got to block is another."
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THE MOUNTAINEERS CARRIED 40 times for 260 yards, but Childress was sacked twice and Glowinski contributed to a personal foul chop block penalty called on Charles Sims, who had 116 yards rushing and a 32-yard touchdown.
Sims went low against a blitzer and Glowinski turned around and pushed the defender without ever seeing Sims, which earned the penalty for blocking a defender already engaged with another blocker.
"That's what happens a lot of times," Crook said. "We try not to cut inside for that very reason. Our linemen always try to come back and get blitzers. When a (defensive) guy cuts across the (offensive) guy's face, he tries to come back and help. That's what got us."
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NEXT, WEST VIRGINIA (2-1) plays Maryland (3-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. It was announced following WVU's win against Georgia State the game against the Terrapins will be televised on ESPNU.
WVU has won seven in a row in the series.
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