Morgantown, W.VA. – Tuesday afternoon West Virginia football head coach Neal Brown addressed the media on the heels of the team’s road loss to the Texas Longhorns.
Despite the best efforts of the defense, the Mountaineers offense couldn’t capitalize on a few key 4th & 1s to get the points the “W” in Austin on Saturday. Brown and the Mountaineers are now home for their fifth game in as many weeks to play host to the TCU Horned Frogs.
The head coach highlighted three areas his team needs improvement on: better decisions in crucial situations, fundamentals and situational awareness. These three areas will be important for the Mountaineers to find victories in the last three games of the season.
Brown made a point of stating that while his team played an efficient pass game, there was quite simply “just not enough points.” Brown pointed out that while his team has come close to winning in Austin, his team’s improvement continues to build but is not quite there.
“We’re making improvements, but we’re not in it for close.”
For Saturday’s game, the head coach knows that TCU is bringing in a versatile, running quarterback in Max Duggan. The West Virginia defense will need to be prepared for a quarterback with a diverse skillset looking for his team’s much-needed road trip win Saturday. “You have to prepare for the quarterback run game,” Brown said. “Whether it’s designed or him pulling the ball down and scramble . . . It makes it more difficult because you have to get another guy down in the box to account for him.”
Saturday’s matchup in Morgantown is a pivotal game for the Mountaineers. The West Virginia-TCU game is typically one that comes down to the literal last few minutes. Brown is aware of the importance of Saturday’s home game, knowing that a win will help set his time up for the final two games of the season.