WVU's Mental Toughness Will Be Tested

Good field position, and a defensive unit that improved as the game went on, helped WVU pull out a close win in Lubbock, but the Mountaineers will need to stay mentally tough if they want to take down the Baylor Bears.

WVU's defense anchored down late in the fourth quarter at Texas Tech. Tony Gibson's defense forced the Red Raiders to go three-and-out on three of Texas Tech's final four possessions, and helped WVU score 17 unanswered points to win. Tuesday, Gibson said his kids will be ready for next Saturday's game against Baylor. The coach also noted last seasons lopsided loss in Waco and called it 'the most embarrassing game he has ever been a part of,' but his unit will be more than ready to get some payback.

Terrell Chestnut said there was never any panic on the sideline, and everyone believed in each other; that was why WVU's comeback win in Lubbock was a great team win. The cornerback did not record a tackle in the win against Texas Tech, but that will not be a set back for this Saturday's game against Baylor. Chestnut said the team will need to be more mentally prepared than ever if they want to pull out a win against the Bears.

Special teams has been a jewel for WVU this season. Mario Alford has already taken two kickoffs back for touchdowns, and Nick O'Toole is averaging 42.9 yards per punt. Joe DeForest knows his unit is important, and talked to the media, Tuesday, about how field position was huge for WVU's win at Texas Tech.


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