1. We start with Kevin Peterson, who deserved more credit for what he did on Saturday. But the fact that national leading receiver Kevin White caught a 19-yard touchdown pass while beating freshman corner Ramon Richards on the first drive allowed White to get out with some bragging rights and bonus points.
The truth is that from that point on White was covered exclusively by Peterson, who occasionally received safety help. From that point on he had two receptions for eight yards. Peterson halted his string of 100-yard receiving games.
White had been averaging 14.8 receptions per game and 145.7 yards per game. He did not even come close to those numbers against Peterson, who had shut out Kolby Listenbee of TCU for the first time all season without a catch the week before.
2. With no experienced depth on Saturday in the secondary it was tough and was only made more difficult by the defense's failure to get off the field in the second half.
Missed tackles, which were also a problem on some of the big plays against TCU last week, were the problem in allowing West Virginia to convert third-and-six, third-and-six, third-and-19, third-and0four, and another third-and-six all by runs and all in the second half when the Cowboys offense badly needed the ball back. Getting Ashton Lampkin and Larry Stephens back will really help the defense.
3. Jordan Sterns making 20 tackles was impressive, but you would rather those tackles be more evenly distributed and made by players in the front seven of the defense.
4. The early touchdown passes that got the Mountaineers off to such a strong start both came against freshman Ramon Richards, who allowed the receiver (White on a deep in-cut or post on the first and Alford on a slant on the second) to have inside position creating that desired pitch-catch scenario for Trickett and the receiver.
A cornerback can't give up that position unless he is willing to make a hard, physical break through the receiver to the ball. Richards will learn and is a player I believe will be outstanding in his Cowboy career.