The Mountaineers have succumbed to those offenses and have had issues playing defense and stopping the other team on third down. The Lonhgorns were 1-for-11 on third down to start the game, but clicked on seven straight on three consecutive touchdown drives and converted 9 of their final 12 in the game.
It was the continuation of what's become a significant problem for the Mountaineers. They gave up the final 28 points in the Kansas State game and the final 21 points in the Texas Tech game and were fortunate to survive overtime at TCU when giving up the final 10 points of regulation.
WVU ranks No. 98 nationally in third down conversion defense and has allowed 72 conversions in 164 attempts (43.9 percent).
"It really boiled down to that we simply could not get off the field on third down in the second half," defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said. "The first half, we executed, and then I don't know what happened. Maybe it was confidence. We've talked about it and stressed it and really emphasized it the past three weeks. Play to win. Play aggressive. Stay aggressive."
WVU's offense wasn't really the problem, either, even when starting quarterback Clint Trickett was knocked out on the field when he was sacked for the fourth time in the first quarter. He didn't return to the game, and Holgorsen said Monday that Trickett could start against Kansas if he progresses throughout the week. If not, the start would go to Paul Millard, who passed for 259 yards and led five scoring drives against Texas, but also committed four turnovers.
Forty points has historically been enough to win games at WVU, though. Before last season, the Mountaineers were 168-0 when scoring 40 or more points. They won their first four games with 40 or more points last season. Since then, they're 2-3 with losses to Oklahoma last season and Baylor and Texas this season.
WVU was one play away from beating the Sooners and the Longhorns.
"The flip side of it is they've done a much better job scoring," Weis said. "They went ahead and dropped 40 on a really good defense this past week. I think they've improved, even through they're obviously disappointed with the endings of some of these games."
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