MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia's running attack finished Sunday with the fewest yards in a game since 2001, and Coach Dana Holgorsen is not yet sure who he will have at his disposal when the Mountaineers host Norfolk State at 1 p.m. Saturday.
WVU (1-0, No 19 AP, No. 24 USA Today coaches' poll) had 26 carries for 42 yards against Marshall. The last time the team had fewer yards was against Virginia Tech 10 seasons ago.
The Mountaineers rushed 36 times for 33 yards in a 35-0 loss.
Freshman Andrew Buie started for WVU and had 30 yards on 15 carries, but was knocked from the game when he was tackled for a 6-yard loss on a reception in the third quarter.
Receiver Stedman Bailey missed a block on Marshall cornerback Rashad Jackson and Jackson hit Buie high on the right side.
Buie sat the remainder of the day.
The Mountaineers played without injured sophomore Trey Johnson as well. Freshmen Vernard Roberts and Dustin Garrison played all but two plays of the shortened second half.
Buie and Johnson will be evaluated today and the coaching staff will make a decision on their availability against the Spartans (1-0).
"Garrison is going to get better and better, but he was a little wide-eyed," Holgorsen said.
"Vernard came in and ran hard the last drive we had. He ran hard and he's very capable. But we'll get Trey back and he's capable of carrying the ball. Buie will be fine, as well."
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HOLGORSEN SAID junior running back Shawne Alston, who has been sidelined for weeks now with a neck injury, has been cleared to return to limited participation in practice. He's playing fullback, though, and it's still not certain he'll ready to play.
The same goes for Matt Lindamood, a fullback who did not play against Marshall.
"He's been kind of banged up a little bit, which results in hesitation, which results in Ryan Clarke getting more snaps," Holgorsen said.
Clarke started at fullback and Ricky Kovatch played a lot as well, but Holgorsen singled out Kovatch for missing a block on the failed fourth-down conversion in the third quarter.
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HOLGORSEN HAD a very simple explanation for the low rushing total and the average gain of only 1.6 yards per attempt.
"The biggest disappointment we had was blocking just in general," he said. "You think about blocking and all you usually think about is the offensive line, but that's not necessarily true.