MORGANTOWN -- What worries an opposing coach when he turns on the film and begins to gameplan West Virginia's offense isn't much different from what once worried the Mountaineers.
The talent that can corrupt the other team's defense can corrupt WVU itself.
"When you have explosive players like we have, you kind of get into that mode where, we're this and that and we can showboat and do this and that, and you get away from the fundamentals of it," quarterback Geno Smith said. "I think that's something that happened.
"I think everyone was out there and once you touch the ball you try and make a big play instead of keeping the chains moving and getting a first down and scoring at the end. Everyone was trying to get the big one. That ultimately killed us."
In consecutive losses in October at home against Syracuse and at UConn, WVU scored nine and 13 points, was 6-for-17 and 7-for-17 on third down and committed a combined seven turnovers.
"I think it's kind of a gift and a curse to have so much talent - and not just at the skill positions - around you," Smith said. "You can feel unstoppable and try to make every play instead of doing the small things."
The errors or their ways made the Mountaineers change those ways.
"We understand if we keep moving the chains, we'll get to the end zone," Smith said.
With a fourth consecutive win in Saturday's noon ABC game at Mountaineer Field against Rutgers (4-7, 1-5 Big East), No. 23 WVU (8-3, 4-2) will clinch at least a share of the Big East title. If WVU wins and UConn (7-4, 4-2) loses the 8 p.m. game at South Florida (7-4, 3-3), it earns the conference's BCS bid. A Huskies loss and a loss by Pitt (6-5, 4-2) at Cincinnati (4-7, 2-4) give WVU the outright title.
UConn takes the BCS bid with a win against the Bulls.