WVU defensive lineman Kyle Rose said it best. "When your team gets down by 24 points it’s hard to come back and win." It was apparent that there was a lack on execution on both sides of the ball for West Virginia. A lackluster offense that scored zero touchdowns in the first three quarters, combined with a defense which surrendered 178 first half rushing yards is the epitome of a substandard performance. Reviewing tape and preparing for Kansas State is all that Rose had on his mind after the tough loss in Austin.
Moving on is the best remedy for West Virginia, said linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski. Not letting a loss like Texas linger around is the most important task for WVU moving forward. Kwiatkoski, like Rose, said he’ll make corrections as he does after any other game, but nonetheless a loss is still frustrating. Texas gashed the Mountaineers with big play after big play in the first half. The Longhorns had eight plays in the first that went for more than ten yards.
Preparation is always important for any game, and defensive linemanNoble Nwachukwu did not feel as if there was a noticeable problem in West Virginia's work prior to the contest. Texas did not pull any tricks out of a bag. Nwachukwu and the rest of the defense knew exactly what the Longhorns were going to do, but just could not stop it.