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WVU Will Face Different Type Of Defense This Week


The West Virginia offense appears to be close to returning to its early season form. Geno Smith passed for 364 yards and two touchdowns. He also added one touchdown on the ground.

Stedman Bailey was Smith's primary target catching 14 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown.

West Virginia's four-game losing streak has come against teams that play roughly the same style of defense. Those teams dropped a lot in coverage and played primarily zone against the pass. Oklahoma will not do that this week.

"It's a different approach from what we have seen the last six or seven games," WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "We have seen a lot of zone coverage, a lot of drop seven or drop six. These guys are a man-coverage team."

Man-coverage means plenty of one-on-one matchups for receivers like Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and J.D. Woods.

"They have tremendous athletes and tremendous football players," Holgorsen stated. "They have big thick guys up front that do a tremendous job against the run and then they got about six or seven coverage guys that can all cover. It is going to be one-on-one matchups all over the place and we have to do a good job of winning those."

Seeing something different should provide some excitement for the Mountaineers. They have struggled to perform at the level offensively that they did through the first five games of the season. Having an opportunity to win individual battles should be refreshing for the players and coaches.

"I'm kind of excited about it actually," Holgorsen said. "We haven't faced anything different in quite some time. This is a different style of defense."

The mindset of the team following the first four-game losing streak at WVU since 2001 is certainly fragile.

"I think we are fine, still motivated and I thought our effort was good," Holgorsen said about preparation last week. "I expect it to be the same this week. It better be, we have a great program coming to Morgantown."

Despite the current struggles, Holgorsen insists nothing will change at practice or in the week leading up to the game.

"The routine is the same, the routine is going to remain the same. We're going to get ready to play and then we are going to get out there and do our best."

What better way to end the current losing streak than to beat No. 12 Oklahoma in front of a national television audience. Saturday's game kicks off at 7 p.m. on FOX.

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