Morgantown, W.VA. – West Virginia head football coach Neal Brown met with members of the media via Zoom Tuesday afternoon as his team prepares for their 2020 regular season finale. The Mountaineers play host to the Oklahoma Sooners following a tough loss to the Iowa State Cyclones.
Coach Brown knew after the Cyclones loss that the loss was a bad one, and it was something he was ready to not look back on during Tuesday’s Zoom.
“They say I have to talk about the Iowa State game . . .so I guess I will, even though I’m trying to erase that one from my memory,” Brown said Tuesday.
The team’s performance all around was one that many wanted to watch with closed eyes, looking like a different team than the one who plays in Morgantown on Saturdays.
“Disappointing performance. Nobody feels sorry for us, there’s no self-pity in football, you are going to have adversity. I think the adversity will reveal who we are and we must respond,” Brown commented. “Defensively, we didn’t even look like the same team.”
Brown pointed out that his team has struggled on the road with both running and stopping the football; which were both evidenced on Saturday in Ames.
“Texas was able to rush the football. Oklahoma State was able to rush the football. Iowa State was able to rush the football on us. Those things that all three of those games had in common was that we had difficulties tearing off blocks,” Brown pointed out. “I don’t think we played with the same aggression up front. I don’t think we played with very good pad level. I don’t think we played with very good technique. We were physically overpowered.”
Brown’s focus is never one to look back for too long and all eyes are now focused on West Virginia’s Senior Day matchup against Oklahoma. The head coach went on to say that the team will have their traditional pre-game Senior Day celebrations, even though there is the extra year of eligibility being granted to players this year.
“I’m not putting pressure on them. There’s some that are ready to move on, we talked about the option and what it looked it. I’m not sure how many of them will return to be honest with you.”
The Mountaineers play host to the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday in Morgantown, with a noon kickoff on ABC.