Keith Patterson noted that the move from the press box to the field wasn't a big one for him, as he is now coaching well into his third decade, but that it did provide a different perspective on the game. Like the rest of the defensive staff, he was heartened by the improvements shown, but
Shaq Rowell played well before being felled by an injury, and although he didn't want to discuss the specifics of that play, he provided his usual entertaining and enlightening outlook on West Virginia's defensive play
Daron Roberts kept to the long view of West Virginia's improvements, but was clearly disheartened by the result of the game, which featured changes in the secondary. He emphasized the need for every player to be ready to play at any time.
After making his first college start, walk-on defensive back Cecil Level recapped his performance, which included five tackles and a forced fumble.