The key word for West Virginia was "struggled" as both offensive and defensive players met the media following the win. Offensively, Geno Smith noted he was not as sharp as he wanted to be, either in throwing or in making reads, while Stedman Bailey applied the term to the offense as a whole.
On defense, Josh Francis compared the team's play to spaghetti, but not in a manner that implied the defense was limp. Darwin Cook had another term -- "beautiful" -- to describe the blitz call that freed him for a forced fumble that resulted in a Doug Rigg's touchdown. Rigg, in turn, noted that he wanted to complete his fumble recovery and score after coming up three yards short with his interception return against Marshall.