Offensive Reaction: WVU vs Kansas

West Virginia’s offense slugged through a workmanlike performance against a pesky Kansas defense primed to slow the big play. Here, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, quarterback Clint Trickett and wideout Mario Alford dissect the 33-14 win.

Dawson, whose offense amassed 557 total offensive yards, discussed the schematic approach to a perhaps underrated defense with excellent cornerback play. Dawson also notes how the Mountaineers were required, more in this game than any other, to show patience and the flexibility for Trickett to correctly check into proper play calls. The assistant also delves into some second half changes when WVU was trying to practice other plays, and not push full throttle to score.

Trickett connected on 20 of 35 passes for 302 yards and a score against one interception on a bad decision deep ball. Here, the right-hander speaks to his execution – awful being the theme – the issues within the red zone and playing a defense that can force offenses into a bit of a different game plan. Trickett also talks about his open field tackle after the interception, and if the coaching staff asked him not to attempt the same again because of the injury risk.

And finally, Alford, who racked up 209 total yards, including a 94-yard kickoff return for a score for WVU’s final points, discusses the lack of big offensive plays, the team’s inability to start as quickly as it would have liked in terms of finishing drives, and his thoughts on the overall effort coming out of a bye week.

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