November 18, 2007

WVU Shifts Focus to UConn

MORGANTOWN--Just 12 hours after his team wrapped up a 28-23 win at Cincinnati, West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez expressed concern over his team's propensity for turning the ball over and allowing opponents to hang around late in games. "Our guys must understand that we can't keep doing that, because it will come back to get us," he said.

On Saturday night, WVU held a commanding 28-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. However, the Bearcats were able to make things interesting due to a pair of critical fumbles late in the contest. The
Mountaineer miscues were reminiscent of a week earlier, when WVU nearly squandered a 31-14 lead over Louisville by failing to protect the football late in the game.

"We've always been pretty good about having a big lead in the fourth quarter and not letting teams back in the game. The last couple of weeks, we haven't done that. You're disappointed because at this point of the year, fundamentals shouldn't be a problem. Sometimes guys try to do too much and end up not doing what they're supposed to do," Rodriguez said.

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