Offensive Struggles For WVU

It was obvious that Texas wanted the win on Saturday more than West Virginia. Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson and quarterback Rick Trickett discussed those aspects of the game and more after the Mountaineers' 33-16 loss to Texas.

Through his first seven games, Clint Trickett, averaged more than 360 passing yards a game, but since Oklahoma State the senior QB's numbers have dropped to 216 yards a game. While WVU and head coach Dana Holgorsen have focused on rushing the ball more in recent weeks, Trickett has looked less than spectacular over the same period. After Saturday's game Trickett said the Longhorn's defense punched WVU's offense in the mouth, and the Mountaineers failed to respond.

Shannon Dawson was the first to admit that the offense had plenty of chances, but missed opportunities were the story of the game. A chance to score a touchdown on fourth and goal at the one-yard line was pushed back to a field goal attempt due to a false start penalty. Mario Alford dropped a pass that would have surely been a touchdown, and Kevin White was wide open down the field on a play where Clint Trickett was sacked for a safety before he had the chance to even look for a receiver. Dawson said he thought the team moved the ball well, but just could not score.

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