“We’re devastated,” junior safety Quentin Andrews said of favored West Virginia’s 17-14 overtime defeat at Colorado, “but at the same time there’s a long season ahead of us.

“It’s tough for me to walk off the field looking at the scoreboard, seeing us down 17-14. A lot of bad comes out of this because we lost, but a lot of good, too, because as a defense we played well.

“Our defense got a little bit of confidence. We came out and played well against a great team.”

Andrews, who logged a game-high 15 tackles, said it’s especially tough for the veterans to start the season 1-2 because they are not accustomed to losing in this established program.

“The rest of the season will define our character and allow us to build on it and find out what type of team we have.”

Tailback Noel Devine, who rushed a career-high 26 times for a net 133 yards, agreed that the team’s 1-2 start is difficult to digest. But he said the Mountaineers need to hold their heads high and move on.

Of WVU’s 3-of-13 on third-down conversions, the speedy sophomore admitted that it’s a matter of growing concern.

“We need to get into the media room to see what we have to do to get better and to improve on that,” he said.

“We just need to do the best we can. We just have to fix the little things and bounce back from our losses. We feel we are just one broken tackle away from breaking a big play on offense.”

Scooter Berry, a sophomore defensive lineman, said he found it hard to believe that the Mountaineers came all the way out to Boulder, Colo., to lose. He had a quarterback sack among his four tackles and recovered a forced fumble.

Defensive back Ellis Lankster, who had 11 tackles, said, “It hurts right now, but we still have to play the Big East. I feel like our fans will stick with us.”

He added, “Coach (Bill) Stewart is a great coach. He and his staff are doing a good job. We are behind him 100 percent.”

West Virginia, which probably will drop out of the Top 25 rankings, resumes action next Saturday against intrastate rival Marshall. That will be the first of four consecutive home games.

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