Things of That Nature - BC Edition

If anyone listening to Mountaineer head coach Rich Rodriguez's comments on Sunday after the Mountaineers' trip to Boston College did not know the outcome of the previous afternoon's game, they would have probably guessed that Boston College had won the game.

Rodriguez sounded much more like a coach that had come out on the short end of the stick than a coach whose team pulled out a win on the road to move to 5-4 on the year. The third-year head man was less than pleased with his team's effort after the 35-28 win.

"After watching the film I'm very disappointed in the way we played," explained Rodriguez. I didn't think we played with any type of execution, we didn't play with good fundamentals, we didn't play smart and it wasn't our best effort. I thought it was one of the worst games we've played all year. I guess it is better to play bad and win, but we're not real happy with our performance."

What had Rodriguez fuming was a Mountaineer defense which has played well all year, but gave up an excessive amount of passing yardage, and was exploited by the Boston College tight ends.

"There wasn't a whole lot of good anywhere on defense," noted Rodriguez. "We didn't tackle well, we didn't get to the ball, we didn't pressure the quarterback, and there were a lot of mental mistakes. We just didn't do anything very well."

After a little prodding, Rodriguez finally did point out a few high notes of the conference win.

"We made a few big plays," admitted a frustrated Rodriguez. "We didn't panic when we got down 14-0 and were really flat in the beginning, and I thought our special teams performed okay. We thought Scottie Gyorko played one of his best games, and up front, Jeff Berk, Jeremy Hines and Garin Justice played pretty solid; and we thought Charles was a positive. He played pretty solid football for three quarters."

The play of sophomore wide receiver Chris Henry also earned praise.

"He's made some plays and he's great with the deep ball," said Rodriguez of Henry, who hauled in two touchdown passes against the Eagles. "He's got a lot of ability, but he is still learning. He's not played nearly close to what he's capable of playing and close to what we need him to play at as far as being a complete player. He's still got a lot of work to do, but he is giving us the deep threat with his height, his ability to run, and his ball catching skills."

The few highlights were not enough, however, to change the Grant Town native's impression of his team's play. The performance of the Blue and Gold turned Rodriguez's mood so sour, that he even took a shot at the turf at Boston College's Alumni Stadium.

"That type of turf is on its way out," said Coach Rod. "I think Boston College is going to change it next year. Very few teams will have to play on that type of surface. It's just tough on the players."

The dislike for the traditional style turf stemmed in large part from the injury problems that plagued West Virginia throughout the game. Injured Mountaineers limped on and off the field all afternoon and provided a number of concerns for WVU coaches and fans. The status of many of the battered Mountaineers is still up in the air as the Blue and Gold prepare for the "Backyard Brawl."

Jeff Berk, who left the game on Saturday with turf toe, is day-to-day according to Rodriguez. Fred Blueford, who did not return after a first quarter knee injury, is doubtful for the upcoming game. Quincy Wilson, who took a shot to the back and was spitting blood, is expected to be at full strength, as is Rasheed Marshall who sat out the game against the Eagles after suffering a concussion the previous week. Despite the quality play turned in by Charles Hales, Rodriguez says that Rasheed will still start.

"Rasheed is cleared to go," said Rodriguez. "He's not going to lose the starting job because of injury. Charles has gotten some experience now and if we need him to give us a spark we won't hesitate to get him some reps. Rasheed will still start on Saturday unless he has a really bad week of practice."

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