Boston College scored 12 points in the second half. Three points came on a drive of negative eight yards. Three points came on a drive of 18 yards. And six points came on BC's second punt return for a TD and Ryan Ohliger missed the extra point. Outside of that, BC got nothing in the second half. It could be argued that BC was playing close to the vest because they were leading. But I don't think that is the case, especially when WVU went on their 10 point run to cut the lead to 27-17 with nine minutes remaining in the game.
When you need less than a yard on third down, you don't run sweeps or counters. At least, you don't run them against a defense that is known for stopping the run and is loaded with defensive line talent.
West Virginia was unable to pick up a first down on third and less than a yard in BC territory while trailing 7-0 in the first quarter. West Virginia tried their fake reverse with a delayed handoff to Kay Jay Harris. Power running was called for in that situation. Pernell Williams is the running back that has proven that he will sell out for a yard or two. In fact, he had done so on the previous play, gaining a yard on second down and two.Rasheed Marshall could run a QB sneak, especially considering the open spaces over the two guards on the play. I think that sometimes the West Virginia coaches out think themselves.
The student section used to rock. The student section used to roll. The student section used to have the entire crowd whipped into a frenzy by the time the team left the field after warm-ups. Now it appears that the student body is more concerned with getting that last gulp in before game time at the Pit.
For all the hand-wringing and kindergarten whining we heard at the beginning of the season about students not being able to get tickets, and not being able to get guest tickets, not one time was the entire allotment of student tickets validated at Mountaineer Field. Not once.
One only need look at the Coliseum and the student basketball seating for proof. Students are rushing into the Coliseum as soon as the gates open to get the best seats available. And they are loud and boisterous from the time the first player hits the floor until the end of the game.
It is time for the football ticketing policy to change. I don't have a problem with the students having to get a ticket before the game. I don't know of one single university that doesn't require a ticket to be validated pre-entry. However, I do know that some of those same universities still have festival seating. First come, first served. You'll have students lined up at the gates and ready to sprint as soon as you open the stadium.
And if you want to make yourself feel better about student drinking, consider how much alcohol a student could actually sneak past security. It can still be done, but you won't see a truck full of kegs backing up to the stadium like you do in the pit. Let them in early, keep them in, and less alcohol will be consumed. MO< I can tell you that some of the most fun times I ever had at Mountaineer Field were in the student section, and it was because of the party in the student section. I can also tell you that some of the greatest crowds WVU has ever had were stoked by the student section that was cranked up an hour before the game. You couldn't avoid it. If you got to your seat at 12:15 for the 1:00 game, you could hear the students chanting "Lets Goooooooooo, Mountaineeeeeeeeeeeers" all the way to your seats. You couldn't help but get fired up listening to them. By the time the whole crowd filtered in, it had spread like a virus.
People say that last year's Virginia Tech game was the loudest game they'd ever been to. I'd maintain that the 1993 Miami game made that game seem like an evening at the library. You couldn't even hear yourself talk to the person next to you. What I remember most about it was coming into the game before the band came out, and seeing the wild mob of students going absolutely stark raving mad with enthusiasm.
We didn't have anything like that on Saturday, because the student section was dead. It was dead because half of them didn't even come in to see the band, and half of those didn't even make it for kickoff.
Make the student section general admission. Keep your security tight. Otherwise you've provided the students with something that your ticket policy was designed to avoid.
When you are expecting thousands of 30-50 year old fans to provide the excitement a the football stadium at a college game, you've missed your demographic. Those might be the people giving you the money to help run the program, but they left their energy for six hours of screaming back in their 20s.
The capper has come this week, however. I have to sit through the boo fest on Saturday, when we are playing like garbage and getting whipped by a team that is good, but not that good. Then I have to listen to someone exult when Rasheed Marshall was hurt in the fourth quarter.
On top of that, I come home to hear from friends and family that WVU doesn't even deserve a bowl bid. I see posts on the message board calling for the firing of Coach Rodriguez. I see posts calling for the firing of half the coaching staff. I see posts calling for the removal of the QB, again.
I have two words for you yokels: Bobby Bowden.
So go ahead, move the Ryder truck in front of Rich and Rita's house. Hang him in effigy. I'll be glad to drive the truck and haul him out of town, so long as I can go with him. Hopefully he'll end up in a place where he is appreciated, and I'll go with him. I'll be the first memeber of the new Rich Rodriguez fan club. And when he ends up leading his school to the Promised Land and raking in millions and millions of dollars for his university, much like Coach Bowden has at Florida State, you people will be busy firing your seventh coach in 15 seasons and wondering why we got beat by Rutgers 75-20.
Feel free to hate on Pitt for the next 12 days. Of course, feel free to hate on Pitt 365 days a year.