Gibson, Dillon: Defensive Disappointment

Tony Gibson's defense will look at the Kansas State tape with a mix of pride and disappointment. The Mountaineers held KSU to just one rushing yard, a shocking statistic. But it also allowed Jake Waters and the wideouts to amass a whopping 400 yards in the air, and that - paired with the all-too-familiar offensive and special teams mistakes - was the eventual downfall.

Gibson, whose unit had the finest ground performance of any Kansas State foe this season, noted rightfully that his unit was responsible for only 16 points, and had both a goal line stand and was able to gain a pair of turnovers. But Gibson also acknowledged that West Virginia's pressure was lacking at times, partially because of the excellent blocking by the KSU backfield, and that the Mountaineers again had no answer for receiver Tyler Lockett, who finished with 10 catches for 196 yards - nearly 20 yards per reception.

Dillon, who led WVU with eight tackles, seven solo, shows clear disgust as he reviews the play against Kansas State, especially when speaking about the defense, or lack thereof, against Lockett. Dillon also looks ahead to Iowa State, and speaks to the effort and mental fortitude it will take for the team to rally and assure itself of a winning season in Big 12play for the first time since joining the conference three years ago.


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