The Mountaineers found "fixable" problems after the Oklahoma game which they hope to parlay into a win against another Sooner State team.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The good news is West Virginia's defensive liabilities are nothing that can't be fixed. The bad news is the Mountaineers must do so against explosive offenses the next three weeks.

Upon review of the Oklahoma game, cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell, above, gave some insights and analysis into what primarily hurt the Mountaineers in allowing 10 plays of at least 15 yards each in the 44-24 loss. Mitchell detailed the missteps, literally and figureatively, and how the mental and physical approach needs to be tweaked prior to the match-up against Oklahoma State, a team similar in scheme to the Sooners with sizeable wideouts, a taller signal caller and the ability to mix backs for power and speed.

K.J. Dillon, below, speaks to his own personal issues wwithin both the defense and on special teams, and what he took ffrom the elarning experience of the initial road game of the season. Dillon also discusssed the comparisons and contrasts of the Oklahoma and Oklahoma State offenses, and noted that the two teams were quite simialr to what West Virginia will be challenged by throughtout the month of October. Dillon also speaks to the current mindset of the team, and his anticipation and expectations for the night atmosphere on Saturday.

And finally, safeties coach Joe DeForest gave some added detail on WVU's blitz packages, the issues on the back end when the pressure doesn't affect the pocket as it needs to, some of thebreakdowns at the safety spot and the balance between wanting to bring pressure and disguise, yet still stay fundamentally sound when trying to operate against teams that can both tempo and operate well in space.


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