Liberty Bowl Postgame: Players and Assistants

Too many breakdowns are too key of times. That was the story in West Virginia's 45-37 Liberty Bowl loss to Texas A&M. Here, coordinators Tony Gibson and Shannon Dawson - who is leaving to take the same position at Kentucky - along with quarterback Skyler Howard detail the loss, and what, exactly, the Aggies did successfully.

First, Howard, who completed 20 of 45 passes for 346 yards and three scores without an interception, speaks to his play, the overall execution of the offense, the inability of WVU to finish at key times and the defensive play of a Texas A&M team that bottled the run arguably the best it has all season against a Power Five in limiting the Mountaineers to just 126 yards.

Gibson, whose unit's tackling was "terrible," according to the coach, details the mental and physical breakdowns, controlling A&M quarterback Kyle Allen and the long scoring tosses that were a partial reason for the difference in the game, and among the main reasons WVU got behind big, along with its inability t run and the special teams breakdown on a roughing the punter call that shifted momentum.

And, finally, Dawson, coaching his last game as a Mountaineer, speaks to the overall offensive effort, West Virginia's tendency to get away from its run game, the horrid third quarter that produced zero points and his perspective on his time at WVU and the relationships formed with the coaching staff.


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