Key Moment: WVU - Colorado

For most teams a third down and one situation is a good thing. For West Virginia, it was a bust all night, but most notably in its final possession of the Colorado game

With the ball on the first possession of overtime, WVU moved the ball to the Colorado four-yard line, where it faced a third down and one to keep its drive alive. However, a lineup bust, a timeout and total lack of execution kept the Mountaineers from any sort of chance at converting the play.

With the play clock winding down, West Virginia again failed to get 11 players in their proper positions on the field. This was a recurring theme throughout the evening, as on more than one occasion WVU could not get 11 players on the field, much less lined up correctly. A disgusted Patrick White had to call timeout, which gave Colorado more time to set its defense.

After the timeout, WVU ran the play it had originally called. It lined up Donny Barclay as a tight end on the left, then motioned Tyler Urban from right to left across the formation. However, Colorado shifted two players with the motion, and stuffed Jock Sanders before he had a chance to even sniff the line of scrimmage. When Pat McAfee's subsequent fourth down field goal attempt clanged off the left upright, West Virginia's fate was sealed. However, it was the third down play, a reflection of all of WVU's failures on third and short throughout the game, that was the real cause of the Mountaineers' second consecutive loss of the season.


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