West Virginia will face yet another of the nation's top five offenses on Saturday; what must change for WVU to have success?

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - With another high octane offense to match, West Virginia's defense is keeping the same mindset of lofty goals.

After Saturday's game against Texas Tech, the Mountaineers will have faced three of the top four scoring offenses in the country in consecutive games. And with an injury-riddled secondary, and some shuffling along the defensive line, what is the approach for West Virginia as it tries to snap a four-game losing streak and rally bowl eligibility over the final month? Linebacker Jared Barber, above, speaks to those callgnes and the film review of the 40-10 loss at TCU, which was ragubaly the team's worst performance of the season.

Then, coordinator Tony Gibson breaks down his unit - and their own breakdowns - as well as detailing the balance between run and pass for the Red Raiders, who average more than 47 points per game. Gibson also talks about the return of Ricky Rumph, and the availability of Terrell Chestnut and others as the team battles through a depleted seconary. Gibson also talks about the new definition of success on defense in the Big 12, and how the Mountaineers can blend their varying approaches against Baylor and TCU into a package to at least slow Texas Tech.

And finally, safeties coach Joe DeForest delves even deeper into the injuries, and how all teams must shuffle players at this point in the season. DeForest also details the ability of Tech to "throw the ball all over the yard," and what the Mountaineers have learned from past games. He also notes the abilities of WVU's punt and kickoff coverages, and how the team has maanged to limit explosive opposing players. DeForest also explains the importance of tackling, especially in the open field, and how that aspect has slipped in the past few weeks.


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