WVU's Final Kansas Analysis

West Virginia's base ruminations post-Kansas were that, first, the defense was excellent and, second, the other two sides of the ball left much to be desired. Here, linebackers Nick Kwiatkoski and Wes Tonkery, along with wideout Kevin White, explore their roles in the 33-14 win, and what could be improved in each of their respective areas.

Kwiatkoski, the BlueGoldNews.com Defensive Player of the Game, led the Mountaineers with seven tackles, six solo, in an effort that limited KU to just 176 offensive yards on 62 plays. The mike backer, seemingly always around the ball, also tallied two tackles for loss and was a wrecking crew versus the Jayhawks run game. Here, the junior, who started his career as a safety before ballooning to 6-2, 236 pounds, speaks to the preparation of the defense, the keys it recognized against Kansas and getting downhill against the run game.

Tonkery, the sam linebacker, details personnel changes, the play of Brandon Golson - who Tonkery calls "BG" - and his near interception. He also discusses his maturity, overcoming poor plays, the ability to move on from set backs and his thoughts on a Texas Tech team whose offense is vastly different from Kansas, but extremely similar to that of West Virginia.

White, six catches for 132 yards and a 63-yard score, details his disappointment in the overall performance, his love of the Mountaineer offense, his recruitment and how he thought about also attending Texas Tech because of the offensive similarities. "When Dana got in there, though, it wasn't close," White said. The receiver also speaks to the lack of made plays in the pass game and the approach when Kansas started to bring safeties down to slow the run.


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