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Their Own Worst Enemy

Ryan Petrovich, MORGANTOWN -

The Mountaineers went into overtime for the second straight game. However, this time they didn't find themselves on the winning side of things. West Virginia lost a hard fought battle to Texas, 47-40, at Mountaineer Field.

It's immensely frustrating to wrap your mind around how close this team is to being good. Over the course of this season, the Mountaineers have demonstrated they're more than capable of competing with big-time teams.

Out of all the teams the Mountaineers have faced this season; their toughest opponent has been themselves.

Holgorsen's team has cost themselves numerous games due to situations that could've been easily avoided. This team is the definition of inconsistent. It's not even inconsistency week in and week out, it's inconsistency from half to half, from series to series.

"First half, got them in third down, got off the field," said defensive coordinator Keith Patterson. "Second half got them in third down; get them to fourth down, game on the line. Get the exact call, fixing to hit the quarterback. [We] sit there and let them catch it right at the sticks. It's frustrating."

It's easy to become frustrated with a team like this. Their level of inconsistency makes the coaching staff scratch their heads and leaves so many questions as to how this team can be managed to be more consistent.

"You're executing the same calls and defenses in the second half. Got people in position to make plays and for whatever reason we don't. I don't know how to it fix it really," added Patterson. 

"Texas was running the same plays, I don't know what happened," said defensive lineman Shaq Rowell. "Guys weren't doing their job."

Even though the defense's play in the second half against Texas wasn't what it was in the first half, all of the blame can't be pointed at the defense. The offense had its fair share of mishaps on Saturday night.

"Offensively, we put our defense in really bad situations in the first half and in the opening half of the second half," said head coach Dana Holgorsen. "It was disappointing."

The offense has struggled with turning the ball over game after game. Turnovers kill when you're unable to rebound from them. The Mountaineers can't recover after turning the ball over. The difference in the game could be the countless times the offense put the ball on the ground.

"We overall at the quarterback position put the ball on the ground too much," said offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson.  "We put our defense in way too many bad situations for no apparent reason. We just turn the ball over too much."

Paul Millard entered the game at quarterback for the Mountaineers after starter Clint Trickett was knocked out with an injury. Millard appeared to be rusty after not playing for some time.

"The fumbles, those turnovers are not good," said Millard. "Mistakes of not taking care of the ball, they hurt, you can't do that."

The Mountaineers truly did give Texas a game. It took overtime for the Longhorns to come away with a win. It was encouraging to see the Mountaineers continue to answer every time it looked as if Texas was regaining control of the game.

"There's times were nobody gives us a chance," Millard added. "We keep going out there and fighting."

It comes down to the Mountaineers being their own worst enemy. The majority of the time this West Virginia team is shooting themselves in the foot and setting themselves up for failure.

The lack of discipline is evident this season and self-inflicted wounds have chalked up many loses for the Mountaineers. This team's close to being where they need to be, but they're going to have to give it an offseason before all the pieces can fall into place.

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