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WVU Football Opponents Lose Desire to Play


The WVU football team has played six games so far in the 2011 season. The Mountaineers are averaging 45 points per game and few people associated with the offense are happy. Huh?

It's true and scary at the same time. If this offense is able to put together four solid quarters, might it put up more points then the scoreboard at Milan Puskar Stadium could handle?

In four of the six games this season, the Mountaineers have been able to take away their opponents desire to play the game. The two instances where that did not happen were the 37-31 win at Maryland and the 47-21 loss to LSU. The Marshall game did not last four quarters due to numerous lightning delays.

WVU trailed 12-10 against Norfolk State in week two. Scoring 28 points in the third quarter and 45 points in the second half quickly stole away Norfolk State's desire to play the game.

West Virginia led Bowling Green 17-10 after one quarter of play. 21 points in the second quarter helped put the Falcons away. WVU outscored Bowling Green 38-0 in the final three quarters.

WVU held a 10-9 lead at halftime against Connecticut. A 23-point third quarter created separation in that game. Paul Millard's interception returned for a touchdown by Connecticut provided the Huskies with their only points in the second half. WVU won that half 33-7.

The quick strike ability of this offense can quickly take the air out of the opponent. In fact, several Mountaineers have seen it happen already this season.

"I was actually able to look at number three (of UCONN), I'm not sure what his name was, but I just looked at his eyes and I could tell he really didn't want to play anymore," Outside Receiver Stedman Bailey said.

"You notice that," Running Back Dustin Garrison said. "Whenever you are putting up points like that, you notice things about the defense. You can see their fatigue and their tired and it looks like they don't want to be there and you have to take advantage of that."

Perhaps that helps to explain the big quarters. If a player at this level is not committed to playing at 100 percent, then his opponent will find a way to take advantage of that.

"It's very visible," Outside Receiver Ivan McCartney said. "Today we played a great team, but once we started punching them in the mouth, we started to see that they started to act lazy and didn't want to play anymore."

"I let everybody know, look at these guys, they don't want to play anymore," Bailey said. "I say let's just keep on going and we pretty much come up with big plays."

For the most part, it has been in the second half when the Mountaineers have taken it to their opponents. WVU outscored Connecticut and Bowling Green 50-7 in the second half. Getting the offense to click earlier in the game could provide even more opportunities for the players to move the ball.

"If we come out and play fast and put points on the board early, we could have a defense not wanting to play early in the game," Bailey said. "So, once we get that going we will be where we need to be, but for right now, we still have work to do."

West Virginia's next chance to jump all over an opponent early will be next week at Syracuse.

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