MORGANTOWN — WVU’s motto this season is all about “Trust the Climb.” That trust remains for quarterback Austin Kendall by his head coach.
Following Saturday’s 42-31 loss, Head Coach Neal Brown shared the blame despite the redshirt junior’s four interceptions.
“It’s a one-on-one game, and we lost some of those, and some of that’s on us as coaches,” Brown added. “We gotta do a better job of putting our guys in positions where they can be successful.”
Of the four interceptions, which lead to 21 Texas points, Brown added some of them should have been caught by the intended receivers. He added there were also several “critical” drops by receivers.
“The first interception he threw was his fault … the next three, two were in receiver’s hands,” Brown said. “And the third one, we had a guy run the wrong route. And so I thought he did some really good things.”
There is a stigma that interceptions are always the quarterbacks fault, according to Brown.
“I think quarterbacks get too much credit when things go well, and they get too much blame when things don’t go well, but we didn’t lose that game because of Austin Kendall,” Brown said. “I’ll tell you that.”
Brown also stated they were in the game offensively because of Kendall, who threw three touchdowns and ran for a fourth touchdown.
“I’ve got a pretty good eye out on the field, and I thought the kid played well,” Brown said. “I thought he played his best game. You’re gonna say, ‘hey, he threw four picks.’ I realize he threw four picks. But at the same time, on three of those, we had a chance to make plays. We didn’t make them.”
In addition to his touchdowns, Kendall completed 31 of 46 passes and threw for 367 yards.
“That’s a pretty good day against number 11 team in the country — that’s a pretty good day,” Brown said.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS