Offensive Challenge

The ever-improving West Virginia defense is ready to take on the Louisville offense, which has always proven to be a difficult task for the Mountaineers.

Given that fact, and despite having the highly anticipated Backyard Brawl just six days after the Mountaineers travel to Kentucky, defenders are making sure to not look past the Cardinals. One of the leaders on that side of the ball, defensive lineman Scooter Berry, is making sure of that.

"The Big East is pretty wide open," Berry noted. "There are a lot of good teams. Any given day anything can happen. We don't want to get caught sleeping this weekend. (The Pittsburgh) game is definitely circled but we don't want to look past any team. If we look past Louisville and look forward to Pitt, we will go out Saturday and be disappointed."

If they wish to keep their BCS bowl hopes alive, the Mountaineers cannot afford another disappointing loss at this point in the season. With Cincinnati in the driver's seat of the Big East, WVU must win the rest of its games and root for Pittsburgh or Syracuse to knock off the Bearcats, even though rooting for a Pitt win might appear to be sacrilegious to some.

"As much as I hate to say it, I hope Pittsburgh wins this weekend. That's so weird," Berry said of the Bearcat's game.

First things first, however, On Saturday afternoon, the Mountaineers will have to face and contain some tough competition on the Louisville to keep the pressure on Cincy.

"They have a pretty decent team. They have a nice stable of running backs," Berry said. Their (offensive) line is really good especially, (George) Bussey. I played against him last year. He was a great tackle then and now they have him playing two positions."

Berry will also be facing threats like senior quarterback Hunter Cantwell and running backs Brock Bolen and Victor Anderson.

"(Cantwell) has scouts looking at him. He's good. He's really good. He plays good under pressure. He likes to stay in the pocket, and he releases the ball fast. I think it's going to be a fun afternoon trying to get to him," Berry said of the Cardinal QB.

The senior quarterback has had some health problems plaguing him this season including a knee injury. Berry doesn't think that the injury will cause Cantwell to switch up his style of play.

"I think if he was 100% he would still stay in the pocket. I think him being hurt or healthy will be the same thing. It may not even seem like he's hurt," Berry said. The Mountaineers do have the advantage of a bye week before the game whereas Louisville is coming off a tough loss to Cincinnati. Berry thinks that the Mountaineers have forgotten about their own difficult loss to the Bearcats and are coming to Louisville well-rested.

"(We're ready) to just come out and play our game. We had our two losses earlier in the season. We didn't let that get us down and we're not going to let (the Cincinnati loss) get us down. We're just going to go out there and keep doing what we have been doing. The bye week, for any team, is definitely a plus. I feel good. I felt really good at practice today. I felt like I could play linebacker," Berry joked. Even though the Mountaineers have defeated Louisville two out of the last three years, it still figures to be a tough game in the Derby City. The last time that the Cardinals defeated the Mountaineers was in 2006 at Louisville, when Brian Brohm outdueled Patrick White by the score of 44-34. The Mountaineers defeated Louisville last year at home with a final score of 38-31. Saturday's matchup will kickoff at 12:00 pm at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.


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