Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
The defense, secondary and offensive line all struggled mightily—but they didn't make this week's winners or losers.
Instead, they'll be represented by their coaches.
We knew this defense was bad, but now it is officially the worst passing defense in the country, ranking dead last at No. 124 in the nation, allowing 360 passing yards per game.
If this coaching staff can't instill a 360-degree change in that department, the situation will only become worse.
However, a major part of the problem that will be tough to fix is the youth of this defense. Six true freshmen played on that side of the ball, as coordinator Joe DeForest and the rest of the defensive staff are obviously searching for answers.
A lot of fans are calling for the head of DeForest, crying for a midseason coaching change. The response isn't surprising, but that just isn't the answer.
No defensive coordinator can come in and turn a team around instantly, and canning DeForest now would be like throwing gasoline on a fire.
If you disagree, we can talk about it in the comments below.
The only thing WVU can do now is embrace the grind and go back to work—a reality head coach Dana Holgorsen acknowledged in his postgame press conference (via WVIllustrated.com):
No excuses—it starts with me. We will fix what the problems are, we'll keep plugging along and try to get better...I understand the fan base is upset. I understand that everyone wants to see it a little bit better. If you rewind it two weeks ago, we're looking at a team that had won nine-straight games. We didn't forget how to coach and this program didn't forget how to win…We're not gonna quit—we're gonna keep working.