According to BlueGoldNews.com, Dana Holgorsen says that West Virginia has to be better stopping the rushing game.
Dana says Coach Rhule is a defensive guy and they will continue to get better. As for the WVU D … "must get better at stopping the run".
— Blue & Gold News (@BlueGoldNews) October 17, 2017
The Mountaineers rank 110th in the nation in total defense, according to NCAA.com. They’ve given up 6.3 yards per play in the six games they’ve played so far, and are giving up 453.8 yards per game.
Against the run, the Mountaineers actually rank a little higher, at 107th in the nation. Opponents have nine rushing touchdowns total, but teams are still rushing for 5.3 yards per carry. The Mountaineers are giving up 210.7 rushing yards per game, and have given up a total of 1,264 rushing yards this season.
These numbers obviously aren’t good, but they have a chance at improving. The Red Raiders only rushed for 190 yards against West Virginia, and most of the yards came before the Mountaineers began shutting down the Red Raiders in the second half.
West Virginia has Baylor next, and the two teams have some history, but this is not the Baylor team of years past. The Bears have struggled under first year head coach Matt Rhule, but have been improving as of late. A dominating win on the road against Baylor could be exactly what the Mountaineer defense needs to get back on track.