THE OFFENSE wasn't up to the task, either. After opening the game with a touchdown, WVU went without points on its next 12 drives and 53:02 of clock. The Mountaineers ran for 144 yards on 32 carries, but only 117 on the final 31 after Charles Sims started the game with a 27-yard gain.
"What's good offense?" Holgorsen said. "You finish blocks. You run the ball. You sit in the pocket and finish blocks up front and you throw and catch. It wasn't good."
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WVU'S SPECIAL teams had an eventful game. For the third time this season and the second time in as many games, WVU named its holder, snapper, kicker and punter as the game captains.
Then the game started.
Kicker Josh Lambert had a streak of 10 straight made field goals end when a 42-yard attempt was blocked at the end of the first half. Nick O'Toole averaged 44.6 yards on eight punts, but had 38-, 35- and 35-yard punts with the wind in the second quarter.
He was also party to a delay of game before one punt. That penalty wiped away a kick that went for a touchback and preceded a punt that went out of bounds at the Kansas 32-yard line.
James Sims ran for a 68-yard touchdown on the next play.
Jordan Thompson muffed a punt that lost 15 yards while Wendell Smallwood totaled 38 yards on three kickoff returns and had a 56-yard return erased by Justin Arndt's holding penalty.
O'Toole, Lambert and holder/backup kicker Mike Molinari were on the field for two failed fake onside kicks.
Molinari made the tackle on the first while the second didn't go the required 10 yards.
John DePalma, the long snapper, made his first tackle of the season on a punt in the second quarter.
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