Effort - But Not Execution

ATLANTA - West Virginia did a lot of things well against No. 2 Alabama here on Saturday. But it was what it didn't do that will most trouble coordinators Shannon Dawson and Tony Gibson.

Dawson, whose offense racked up 393 yards on among the better traditional defenses in the nation, didn't finished drives effectively and failed, in key moments, to give WVU the point production it needed against a churning, balanced foe who tallied 538 yards itself. Here, Dawson discusses the deficiencies, what the Mountaineers were able to accomplish, and what the team left out there in points and conversions in the 33-23 loss to Alabama.

Gibson, below, said he thought his defense played hard, but numerous missed tackles and lack of play execution cost WVU dearly. In his first major collegiate game at the position, Gibson delves into his thoughts on his line, the ability to somewhat match Alabama physically and what most discourages him about the performance.

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