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Meltdown in Morgantown

November 7, 2011 - Jim Butta
Say what you want about the reasons for Saturday's 38-35 loss at home against Louisville. But, from this writer's viewpoint, the primary reason revolves around recruiting.

Recruiting in Morgantown during the previous three seasons has been average at best while it didn't take a brain surgeon to realize that Charlie Strong and his staff have done a solid job of bringing in new players for the Cardinals. One look at their two-deep depth chart shows five freshmen among the starting unit and 15 on its two-deep chart.

For all of the talk about WVU still being a very young team, the most-experienced program on the artificial surface at Milan Puskar Stadium was wearing the old gold and blue.

Veteran defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and his staff have been taking considerable heat over the past few weeks about his unit's inability to stop opposing offenses on short-yardage situations. That was made even more evident on Saturday when a freshman quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater) drove his team 66 yards for the game-clinching touchdown. Taking 13 plays and running more than seven minutes off of the clock.

If it is true that defense wins championships, then it must also be true that "bad" defense loses championships. Combine that with WVU's troubles on Special Teams and it would not be difficult to understand why Cincinnati will be a heavy favorite to win on Saturday.


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