October 1, 2007
Rod calls USF 'a nightmare'
West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez reiterated during his stint on the Big East Teleconference on Monday what everyone saw Friday night at Raymond James Stadium. Turnovers and poor fundamentals cost the AP13th-ranked, Coaches 12th-ranked Mountaineers in their 21-13 loss to South Florida.
WVU turned the ball over six times compared to USF's four. Also, center Mike Dent suffered at least five errant snaps, which might have adjusted WVU's timing. One of the poor center passes led to a turnover.
Rod thinks that perhaps Dent and the rest of the Gold & Blue front five might have been pressing against a bally-hooed USF defensive line that held the Mountaineers to a season low 188 yards on the turf.
The Bulls (4-0, 1-0) received 14 tackles for loss against six for West Virginia. D-linemen George Selvie, Jarriett Buie and Allen Cray each picked up a pair.
"I think their front four, a little bit, disrupted us. They're athletic. Some of it was our guys' fundamentals. I don't want to say they panicked. We didn't play as well and maybe pressed a little bit. We forgot some fundamentals. One of the turnovers was the result of the front four. But, more, it was poor fundamentals and poor decisions. When you make a turnover when you're close to scoring, it will hurt you," said Rod.
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