West Virginia had a difficult time dealing with Syracuse's blitz packages, and offensive lineman Joe Madsen noted that a lack of communication was a key component in WVU's struggles

The Orange brought several different zone and delayed blitzes against West Virginia, and the Mountaineers, after some initial success, weren't able to keep their opponents from pressuring quarterback Geno Smith. Syracuse sacked Smith five times and hit him on numerous other occasions to help forge a 19-14 win.

West Virginia's offensive line had trouble staying with the Orange, which often hid its blitzes and coverages well. Center Joe Madsen noted that communication between quarterback and the line wasn't always at peak efficiency, and that late recognition of Syracuse's schemes led to poor pickups and pressure on the quarterback.

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