Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

MICKEY FURFARI

October 29, 2013

Column: Is WVU developing ‘carbon copy’ identity?

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MORGANTOWN —

West Virginia not only is in a losing mode but by large margins. Seven of its last 11 defeats overall were by 21 points or more.

The Mountaineers gained just 146 yards, made seven first downs and scored a mere three points on freshman Josh Lambert’s career-best 50-yard field goal in the entire second half at Kansas State.

For the game, WVU netted only 367 yards in total offense while giving 448 yards to the Wildcats. The Mountaineers had 71 offensive plays, but trailed in possession time, 24:28 to 35:32.

Coaches’ answers to postgame questions are beginning to sound more and more like excuses. But no one with authority at the university seems to be concerned.

This, despite the growing feeling of numerous WVU alumni and others that the once-proud football program is sinking away from the glorious past.

Give the players some credit, though. They seem to play hard most of the time.

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TCU (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) has been installed as a 14-point favorite in next Saturday’s 3:30 pm game against West Virginia in Fort Worth, Texas.

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