West Virginia’s rushing attack was limited against Texas Tech, mustering only for 44 yards rushing on 29 attempts.
It was the first time all season West Virginia had went for less than a 100 yards on the ground, which forced head coach Dana Holgorsen to address the issue leading up to Saturday’s game against Baylor, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
“It’s not any more important than at home, but it’s critical,” Holgorsen said to the Gazette-Mail. “We need to run the ball better. I mentioned that after the game and told the team that Sunday. We’ve addressed it and have worked hard on it. You have to have the mentality that we’re going to run the ball, which I didn’t see last week. I saw it in the fourth quarter. I think we’re capable of it.”
A quick glance at West Virginia’s rushing statistics back up the coach’s claim — the Mountaineers are capable of running the ball well.
|Opponent||Result||Rush Att||Rush Yds||Rush Avg|
|Va. Tech||L 31-24||35||221||6.3|
|East Carolina||W 56-20||47||216||4.6|
|Delaware State||W 59-16||35||204||5.8|
|Texas Tech||W 46-35||29||44||1.5|
The primary issue is how will West Virginia respond against better competition.
The Mountaineers put up 221 yards rushing on a respectable Virginia Tech team, albeit in a losing effort. But the Mountaineers showed they can also carve out a ground game against inferior opponents.
Against an undefeated TCU team, West Virginia’s rushing statistics took a dramatic drop from the previous week against Kansas with nearly the same amount of carries.
It’ll be key for the Mountaineers to re-establish its rushing attack come Saturday against Baylor on the road. The Bears are winless this season, but have been better than their record would indicate in recent weeks.
Kickoff between West Virginia and Baylor is set for 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
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