MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- There were sights worth forgetting for West Virginia's football players and coaches that Oct. 29 night at Connecticut's Rentschler Field.
The victorious Huskies celebrated their overtime victory against the Mountaineers, but there also were visions that were just as beneficial to remember.
One was of running back Noel Devine consoling receiver Tavon Austin, who had just rid himself of his helmet in angst, and another featured quarterback Geno Smith walking off the field with his arm around fullback Ryan Clarke.
It was Clarke who had not only fumbled earlier in the game on fourth down in Huskies' territory, but who also lost a fumble on first-and-goal at the UConn 1-yard line on the first possession of overtime.
Pictures being worth all they are, Coach Bill Stewart cautioned against letting that one say too much.
"Ryan Clarke didn't lose that football game," Stewart said.
"He lost a fumble at the 1-yard line. He'll live with that forever, but what he needs to do is put the ball in his belly, hold it high and tight and stick the ball in the end zone. That's added to his memory now and it had better be a memory."
The Mountaineers (5-3, 1-2 Big East) will have selective memory in Saturday's noon game against Cincinnati (3-5, 1-2) at Mountaineer Field. Plays and philosophy won't shy away from the 6-foot, 245-pound sophomore.
Third-and-1, fourth-and-inches, first-and-goal, Clarke will get the ball.
"I love Ryan Clarke," WVU offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen said. "Ryan Clarke got us over the hump after Year One for third and fourth down and short-yardage situations. He did a phenomenal job last year and for the most part this year. We're going to continue to use Ryan Clarke in those situations."
Not only are the Mountaineers short on depth to make significant changes, but change is not something they believe they need to apply here.
WVU players and coaches have come to the defense of one another, including Clarke, following the loss.
Mullen said the morale on the offense is at an "all-time" high.
"You've got to pick up the pieces and go on," he said. "You've got two choices. You can sit around and sulk about what could have been. You're a couple plays away from being 8-0, but you're not. You're 5-3 and you have a chance, the opportunity to play really, really hard the last four games."
An open week came at a favorable time for the Mountaineers. They spent a good amount of time in practice last week focusing on ball security and sharpening old skills. There are hints more option runs that might include the fullback through the middle are on the way.