The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

November 6, 2011

Special teams woes doom WVU, lead to home loss


MORGANTOWN — Somewhere the sun is shining —

Somewhere the sky is blue

Somewhere the silver lining — is shining for me

Shining for me, shining for me and you


The Mountaineers tried to come back. They scored touchdowns the last two times they possessed the ball, but “Teddy Ball Game” was too much for them at quarterback for Louisville.

The final drive for the Cardinals covered 66 yards in 13 plays with Bridgewater engineering it masterfully, perhaps saving the game as he avoided WVU’s heavy rush on a third-and-7 play, moving here and there before finding DeVante Parker for 11 yards and a first down.

While it was more important, it wasn’t quite as spectacular a play as he made toward the end of the first half, scrambling again, somehow finding a way while in the grasp of underhanding the ball left-handed to Victor Anderson for nine yards to the WVU 4.

Louisville scored a touchdown on the next play, Bridgewater hitting Eli Rodgers to go into the locker room tied at 21-21.

West Virginia won the statistical battle, Geno Smith completing 31 of 44 passes for 410 yards and three touchdowns. Eight of his passes were to Stedman Bailey, who surpassed 100 yards for the sixth time in the past seven games with 118 and turned a number of spectacular catches, two for touchdowns.

But it mattered not, for the day was dark and the mood sour.

“We didn’t play well enough,” Smith said. “You can say there were positive things and negative things, but what it comes down to is we didn’t play well enough to win.”

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