September 1, 2007

Rod hopes to limit third down conversions

MORGANTOWN-West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez focused on his defense, in the aftermath of his offense's putting up 62 points, its most since blistering Rutgers 80-7 on homecoming 2001.

"The defense, sometimes it was OK and sometimes it was not OK. As I look at the stat sheet I see we let them have eight of 19 third-down conversions. That has been a problem," said the coach whose team opened with the 62-24 whopping of predicted MAC champ, Western Michigan.

A year ago, the 2006 defense provided opponents the opportunity to connect on 76 of 153 of offensive third-down attempts (50 percent). Before a Milan Puskar Stadium inaugural crowd of 60,563, the Gold and Blue D allowed just shy of that percentage.

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