BALTIMORE - Shannon Dawson had both the solution and the problem for West Virginia following Saturday's alarming 37-0 loss to Maryland.
"We've got to get back to our identity," the offensive coordinator said. "We've got to figure out what our identity is."
Right now, it's that of a 2-2 team that's scored seven points in eight quarters against BCS competition and cannot consistently stick with a plan to run or pass the ball because it hasn't been able to consistently do one or the other.
Something has to change, but WVU runs a pretty simple offense, one with finite features that haven't changed much through the years.
"We've just got to get better at it," Dawson said. "We're not doing simple things. It's just routine plays. It really is. It's an offensive lineman doing his job on this particular play. When there are five guys in the box, you've got to go get the (middle) linebacker. If you don't, what could be a 10- or 15-yard play ends up being no gain.
"That's frustrating to watch. We're not going to sit there and come up with a magical formula and say all of a sudden that we've got it. It's routine plays."
WVU's loss to Maryland, which was its first in eight games in the series, the first shutout loss in 12 years and the worst shutout loss in 38 seasons, asked many questions of the Mountaineers.
They came away with one answer.
Redshirt freshman Ford Childress remains the quarterback. He threw 22 passes, the fewest in Coach Dana Holgorsen's 40 games at WVU, and had 62 passing yards, the fewest in school history by someone with at least as many attempts.
Holgorsen said he plans to stick with Childress, despite Childress guiding an offense that finished with just 175 yards, the lowest total since 2003.
"We made a decision he's going to be our guy, and he's going to be our guy," Holgorsen said. "He's going to continue to get better and better. He's a redshirt freshman who'd played one game. He's not very experienced; he's not very seasoned. That's not an excuse. He needs to step up, man up and get better.
"The people around him need to step up and do the same. A lot of the guys around him are a lot more experienced than him and they're not doing a very good job right now and that needs to change, including me."
As troubling as the passing game was on a day when six receivers combined for one 12-yard catch, its issues were attached to the pedestrian running game.
"We've committed a lot of time, a lot of practice time, a lot of effort to being able to run the football," said Holgorsen, who hadn't been shut out in his first 82 games as an offensive coordinator or head coach. "When they have five people in the box and we can't get a yard, it's going to cause problems."