West Virginia Made Big Plays in Holding Texas When it Had to in a 38-20 Win

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - It wasn't entirely pretty, but West Virginia made enough plays defensively against Texas to not only secure a win, but get it going away.

The Mountaineers forced five turnovers, including three recovered fumbles from a team that had lost four all-season. Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, above, stated the obvious in noting that was a key. West Virginia also picked off a pair of passes, by Daryl Worley and Nick Kwiatkoski, and were able to limit the Longhorns on the scoreboard, if not the yardage totals. Indeed, Texas racked up 439 yards of offense ansd converted 50 percent on third downs in nine of 18. But WVU made plays when it was most needed, including at the end of the third and fourth quarters when Texas threatened to again make it a game. Gibson, above, details that and more in this rather quick postgame recap - Gibson was visiting recruits. 

Corner Nana Kyeremeh, below, who plays on multiple special teams units, talked about West Virginia's excellent coverage in that regard, what has made the Mountaineers a very good in that metric and what makes for the best coverage players. Kyeremeh also details how a big special teams play can jumpstart the offense or defense, andhow that transitions into total team play. He also talks about film review, the overall execution and the effort and experience needed to continually limit talented opponents.

And finally, line coach Bruce Tall dissects the play of his front against the size and strength of both Texas' offensive line and backfield. He also notes how the Mlountaineers adjusted some run fits, and were able to tackle better in space than they did against the Longhorns last season. Tall also speaks to UT oveerloading sides, and using option to the boundary side, which hurt WVU early in the game and caused some second quarter and halftime changes to scheme and responsibilities.


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