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WVU Accuses LSU of Faking Injuries

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The West Virginia offense abused what was supposed to be one of the best defenses in the country last weekend when LSU visited Morgantown.

LSU kept the running game in check, but WVU was able to put up more than 500 yards of total offense against the Tigers. 463 of those yards came through the air.

Give credit where credit is due, LSU forced four turnovers in the game. Those four turnovers proved to be a big key to victory for the Tigers.

WVU frequently got its offense into a rhythm and moved the ball down the field just to see those drives temporarily halted by apparent injuries to LSU players.

"We didn't play as fast as we wanted to," Quarterback Geno Smith said. "Part of that was LSU kind of faking injuries and doing things to slow down our tempo."

Only LSU players and possibly the coaches know whether or not any of the Tigers were actually faking injuries. It is one way to take some of the air out of an offense that is moving successfully at a fast pace.

"I actually heard their coach say to the ref that they were not getting enough time to set up or something like that," Outside Receiver Stedman Bailey stated. "I guess that was kind of a problem for them. I guess they started doing things of that nature. because they had at least about six guys get hurt, and for them to be so tough I do feel like they did that to slow us down."

"There were sometimes that (their coach) was saying go down now," Offensive Lineman Don Barclay said. "You see that in football and we can't let it affect our play."

There is not much the Mountaineers can do to combat an opponent faking injuries. Technically a referee can throw a flag if a player is taking a dive. It is uncommon and hardly ever thrown.

Head Coaches can and typically do submit film of certain plays they want to be reviewed to their conference office. Those plays deal with questionable calls so coaches can get more explanation and understand the interpretation of the rules from those plays. WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said this is not something he can write about to the NCAA or the Big East.

Essentially, the Mountaineers hands are tied on the issue.

"That's a cheap way to do things," Smith said. "It happens. There is not really a rule against that so it is something that teams may do. It really doesn't hurt us because we have to move onto the next play, but we would love to keep the thing rolling and stay with that tempo."

"There is absolutely nothing we can do," Bailey said. "If somebody is hurt, that stops the game and will stop our tempo. All we can do is keep our heads on straight and once that is taken care of to keep the tempo going that we started."

LSU allegedly faked injuries to try and slow the WVU offense down. It is a tactic that may be used against the Mountaineers as the season continues.

"If somebody sees on film that was able to slow us down, then maybe," Bailey said. "That was something I never really saw before was guys falling all over the floor and pretending to be hurt. I don't know what the future holds, but I hope not."

The offense continues to take steps forward. Erasing turnovers will help take it to an even higher level of play. Rhythm and tempo are key for the Mountaineers to achieve success on offense. If a team cannot stop WVU with its play, perhaps it needs to rely on stopping the tempo to try and derail a particular drive. The only ways to slow down an offense that is moving are to call a timeout, have a play reviewed in the booth or fake an injury.

Let's hope the latter does not become more and more common against WVU as the season continues. Just play football!

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