The Mountaineers ran 80 plays against Maryland and 87 against LSU and were so effective that a week later WVU suspected Bowling Green players were faking injuries to slow WVU's offense.
In the three games after losing at home to Louisville, WVU has snapped the ball 74, 66 and 61 times.
"It's about having unity and a mindset where you know what every other person is supposed to do so you can hurry up and run the next play," said center Joe Madsen. "We have to kind of sit down and figure out where other people are and what they do every play.
"You can't look at someone and say, 'OK, he does this when we call this play,' if you want to play with tempo. We've slowed down because of that aspect."
The Mountaineers still snap it about 72 times a game. Clemson gets about three more per game, but has been consistently fast and without many mistakes. In the 8-0 start, the Tigers, one of the country's least-penalized teams, had only eight turnovers and just three interceptions. They had 80 or more snaps four times, including 92 in a comeback win against Clemson.
"If we get to 80 snaps, we're moving at a high tempo," quarterback Tajh Boyd said. "Anywhere in that 75, 80 range and it's great. If we're getting 60 snaps a game, we're not moving fast enough and we're not as successful as we need to be."
Clemson was 6-0 this season when it ran 75 or more plays. The Tigers went 2-3 at the end of the season. In the losses, they had 65, 69 and 60 snaps. In the wins, they had 86 and 75, the latter in the ACC title game against Virginia Tech, when Clemson won the second half 28-0.
"I really feel like we're a team that when we get in a rhythm, we're hard to stop and I feel like that's proven," Boyd said. "Tempo is the key to this offense. We can't be walking slowly around the field. My job is to make sure everyone is focused on the tempo.
"When we get a big play, a 40- or 50-yard pass, we can't walk down there. We've got to run down there and get ready for the next play. There's no time to sit there and think, 'Hey, that was a great play.' We're all about the next play."
The Mountaineers haven't abandoned their tempo and they are still effective when they play fast, so long as it's not for an extended time. In the first 12 drives in the last game of the regular season, WVU had 214 yards and no points against South Florida. On the next two drives, that same offense had 140 yards and 10 points to win the game. The Mountaineers needed just 7 minutes, 42 seconds.
"There have been times it's been unstoppable for us and we've gone down the field with a great tempo, but it hasn't been consistent for us," said receiver Stedman Bailey. "We still do it and we're still good at it because I think when we do use tempo it takes the defense time to get set and adjust. By the time they do get adjusted, we're moving the ball down the field on them."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.