How The Mighty Fall

West Virginia's entrance video on Saturday set the scene for the Mountaineers' potential upset bid.

"It's not about how hard you get hit," the scoreboard read speaking to last weekend's blowout loss to Texas Tech. "It's about how you get hit and move forward," it continued.

WVU got hit – again and again – and didn't respond once, as it tumbled for the second time in as many games, this time to No. 4 Kansas State 55-14.

The 2012 football season is taking a nosedive, and it could get much, much worse before it's over.

"This goes beyond a weekly game planning situation. We played a team that does everything right," said WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen. "We've got to get this program to where we're doing that."

For the second straight week, West Virginia conceivably had no chance of winning the game by halftime. And, honestly, it was so much worse than Texas Tech despite the score being a bit better.

Wind couldn't even be used as an excuse this time.

Aaric Murray's eight fouls last night in the Gold and Blue Debut look better after watching the Mountaineers play tonight.

The Mountaineer offense looked like a shadow of itself from the Jeff Mullen days at times. It didn't even hit 100 total yards in the first half. The first touchdown didn't come until the 7:31 mark of the fourth quarter.

The defense might've been worse … stop me if you've heard this one before.

Optimus Prime couldn't even put up the numbers Collin Klein did on Saturday. He finished with 323 passing yards three passing touchdowns and four rushing touchdowns. He made Heisman Trophy frontrunner Geno Smith look pedestrian.

"No excuses. It starts with me," Holgorsen said. "We couldn't get into rhythm. We ran 14 plays in the first half. It's hard to get into a rhythm when you're doing that. We didn't move the ball."

Where does WVU go defensively now? It can't get worse – seriously. It's the worst in the program's history, and it's hard to argue. If coordinator Joe DeForest saw the things being said to him on Twitter during the game, he'd probably quit himself.

Perhaps a change needs to be made, but how does a program deal with that in the middle of the season? Will it make things better?

Two weeks ago, West Virginia was the fourth-best team in the country. Sure, it had faults, but the positives outweigh the negatives. Now, it seems like those positives are becoming negatives.

"We played probably somewhere of 30 players on defense. That's what we've got. We have to focus with the young guys we've got and get better," Holgorsen said.

Kansas State isn't a much better team than West Virginia. The talent is similar. WVU just looked out-classed on just about every level on Saturday, however.

But, why? Why are the Mountaineers able to go from the class of the Big 12 Conference to one that might not win two more conference games this season?

This season is at a crossroads, and WVU could continue in its downwards spiral, because this is no Big East Conference.

This team had flaws from the start of the season, and its opponents are taking those flaws to task.

"I thought we were ready to play. We had a good week of practice," Holgorsen said. "We're not making excuses. We're going to get back to work tomorrow."

Watch out, this team has 7-5 or 8-4 written all over it.

But at least those halftime fireworks were nice.

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