MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Of all the blessings an open week can bestow upon a football team, time is the best and the worst.
West Virginia doesn't play again until UNLV visits Mountaineer Field on Oct. 9 and the time between is an occasion to mend and to remember. WVU will prepare for the Rebels and repair the errors from the weekend's game at LSU.
There were many to contribute to the 20-14 loss and they're what the Mountaineers will think about until given the next opportunity to create new memories.
"These guys want to play football and we're not going to go out there (this weekend)," Coach Bill Stewart said. "We'll go out and put the pads on and practice and get better at things, but we're not going to go out there and try to reinvent the wheel.
"It's a pretty good wheel. It's not a squeaky wheel. We got after a heck of a football team in a heck of a venue and gave tremendous effort and came up six points short and it kills me. It absolutely kills me."
The Rebels (1-3) have already played No. 11 Wisconsin (lost 41-21) and No. 13 Utah (lost 38-10). UNLV also lost to Idaho, 30-7, before beating New Mexico, 45-10. It was the first win for first-year Coach Bobby Hauck, who led Montana to three FCS national championship games before joining UNLV in December.
The Rebels - who face No. 25 Nevada in a state rivalry game Saturday - are between Nos. 95 and 110 in total offense, scoring offense, rushing offense and passing offense.
The Mountaineers (3-1) lost for the first time all season and fell from both national polls, while the Tigers (4-0) remained unbeaten and rose to No. 12 in the Associated Press poll and No. 10 in the USA Today coaches' poll.
WVU committed two turnovers that led to 10 LSU points on scoring drives of seven and nine yards. The Mountaineers missed two field goals and allowed a 60-yard punt return touchdown.
LSU was 3-for-13 on third down and its longest drive was 13 plays and 72 yards. That one mattered, though, as it took more than seven minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter and led to a field goal and the game's final score.
"We played hard, we played physical and let me tell you something, gang: That's all you can ask someone to do," Stewart said. "Did we play as smart at times? Had a player knocked out of his lane on the punt? I don't know. Not shortening a route on a blitz? I don't know. Third-and-15 and a guy misses a gap and they get a fourth-and-1 and kick a field goal? I don't know. I'll leave that up to the experts.