WVU struggled all afternoon to get things going on Offense. Most of that can be blamed on the fact that the Mountaineers were without starting quarterback Will Grier. Grier went down early. Midway thru the first quarter after attempting to dive for the end-zone, Grier looked to have dislocated his finger on the play, and would not return.
His backup Chris Chugunov, could not match Grier’s performances throughout the year, but was not terrible, by any means. Chugunov missed open receivers a few times, but never took dangerous risk either. With the Mountaineers playing behind throughout the game, it made it difficult to establish balance, but Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital, did his absolute best to keep Texas defense honest. The Mountaineers ran the ball 27 times and passed the ball 31 times Saturday.
The run game struggled as well, but Senior running back Justin Crawford ran the ball well, averaing 4.3 yards a carry Saturday. It was just hard for Crawford to keep the momentum going, considering his 15 carries were spread out, and had a hard time staying on track on a wet and muddy Saturday.
The bright side for the Mountaineers on Saturday was once again Tony Gibson’s defense. The WVU defense played extremely well on Saturday, forcing a fumble and an interception. The Mountaineers were able to capitalize off of one of their turnovers, which was Freshman Corner Kenny Robinson’s second interception for a touchdown this season. Granted the Mountaineers gave up 200-plus yards on the ground alone, but they did not give up their season average thru the air.
Granted this was the Mountaineers first game without leader Will Grier, but the rest of the team struggled to get momentum going. There was a chance in the fourth quarter for the Mountaineers to come back when they closed the lead to seven, after a touchdown pass to Ka’Raun White. But it did not help that on the following offensive drive Chugunov fumbled the ball on Texas 5-yard line and Texas would eventually score on the next drive.