College Football Scores: West Virginia's Defense Should Be Ashamed
The West Virginia Mountaineers can say they lost against the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday because of a blocked field goal that was returned 82 yards for a touchdown.
Or they can pin the blame on the real culprit: their defense.
The Mountaineers wouldn't have lost on Saturday, 38-35, if it wasn't for Andrew Johnson's return early in the fourth quarter, but their defense also gave up 31 points against Louisville.
Headed into Saturday's game, the Cardinals were averaging 17.6 points per game, ranked 113th in the nation. Rutgers and Syracuse had just held them to 14 points and 10 points respectively in the last two weeks.
But West Virginia allowed freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to go 21-of-27 for 246 yards on Saturday and the defense once again let down star quarterback Geno Smith, who passed for 410 yards and three touchdowns on the day.
This is the same thing that has plagued West Virginia all season long, including against Syracuse on Oct. 21, when they lost, 49-23.
Now, ranked No. 24 headed into Saturday, the Mountaineers are behind Cincinnati, Louisville and Pittsburgh in the Big East. It wouldn't be a surprise if they lost to the high-powered offense of Cincy next week.
What was once a team expected to win the Big East has become a team not fit for the likes of Syracuse and Louisville.
You can only hide clear weaknesses for so long before they are exposed to the nation.
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