What I think about West Virginia #HornsDown - The Smoking Musket (blog)

That two-point conversion

Like Dana Holgorsen, I thought to myself, the second that Texas scored, that if West Virginia scored, you had to go for two. When Will Grier dropped that dime to Jennings, I immediately said: "Go for two and finish here". Tony Gibson admitted that his defense was struggling and he was happy to see Dana play for two and end the game in one way or another.

I fully agreed with the decision and I knew that Herman would call a time-out as soon as we had given up. When Texas called a second time-out, I started to doubt myself. Because I was talking to a friend during the game, coaches who can call multiple time-outs have to be addressed. That is nonsense.

The fact that Dana and employees refused to change the play-call proves that they are now too clever for other coaches. Texas has the perfect storm: they have to see both our formation and the piece. We ran the track and scored on a slope. Herman has to see all that. What we said to Herman and the nation was: "Here is ole # 1, the Terminator, get a piece of her, you can rename it"

If you are prepared and you trust your players, you will not shy away if the other team knows. Execution will perform 10 out of 10 times better than knowledge. Texas knew the piece, had the perfect counter – their best angle and linebacker underneath – and we still beat them.

The Refs

I'm not going to complain about the horns, because that's just laughable and got plenty of play during the game. Yes, it was BS. I'm not even going to complain about the huge number of sentences that were asked in the first quarter.

No, I'm going to complain about a play in which we scored a touchdown. Twice before, Spavital played everything and sent David Sills deep. Texas covered it well and that's why Sills left the field. This allowed Texas to replace a defensive lineman and thus eat valuable seconds on the game clock. Pettaway was the first to go to the next piece and when West Virginia got ready for the ground-breaking touchdown, Texas retaliated. The referee was on the ball, causing the clock to tip for almost 20 seconds while Grier screamed in confusion.

Texas can substitute in that situation, but it is not intended to be set. West Virginia can go fast in that situation if they want to – that's the whole premise of the quickest insult – and if you have to wait twenty seconds while tidying up precious seconds, that's ridiculous. The same clock mismanagement took place when West Virginia made a first down. The clock must be stopped until the ball is spotted, but often the clock has started before the ref saw the ball.


How big was Kelby Wickline's job when he had to come to replace Yodny Cajuste? Will Grier was not fired once in this game and the run-game produced 232 yards on 33 carriers. When the mountaineers first had to drop, they stood in line and ran the ball. The line was physical, they put a hat on a hat and pushed and created holes. They protected their quarterback and allowed him to oversee the field and make plays whenever he needed it and they did it all without their best attacking lineman. Flat out great game by an undervalued group.

Pettaway and McKoy

Wow. Just wow. Kennedy McKoy ran hard and physically. He proved his worth as a three-down back. McKoy has a wide receiver, offers consistent transit protection and is a threat as an outlet receiver. McKoy turned several passes into long wins and ran between the tackles that kept the chains moving. Seeing the junior has one of his best matches against Texas was huge.

Martell Pettaway has given the violation a different element. Pettaway is a one-cut runner that is decisive and allows the team to perform a lot of zone games. Pettaway is a tough runner who has the ability to shake off defenders and the speed to get lumps of yardage. The two runners were consistent in their runs and this allowed the attack to work optimally.

Dana Holgorsen

You can tell everything about the size of the man's cajones. What drives your boat. I am more impressed with a) the fact that he knew what he wanted and had no problem doing it despite adversity. He was calm. He had fun.

The second is the way he reacted in the message game, not only the entire controversy of Horns Down, but also reflects his knowledge of West Virginia and stands up for the state.

Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt

I could seriously mention listening to Gus Johnson. Golf. Football. Curling. The man makes everything exciting. I mean … this can be my new ringtone.

Joel Klatt has proven for the past three years that he is the best "color" man in the industry. He does not hold fast, he does not throw punches and he is not afraid to express his thoughts. He tells you when the referees are bad. He will tell you when the college football playoff committee is wrong. He calls a shovel a shovel and he is knowledgeable. He goes on talk shows spitting facts and fire. Klatt has been sitting in the corner of Mountaineers for years and every time he calls a game, you get someone who knows what he is talking about and who is not obliged to support the SEC / Alabama.