"What do you do? If you've got an answer, tell me,'' DeForest said. "Ultimately we have to be better at tackling, at playing the ball in the air and executing what's called.
"They never outschemed us. There was never a point where we said, 'Holy ... we didn't cover that [in practice].' They did exactly what we thought they were going to do. They ran four routes and they ran four runs. And that's it.
"But apparently we did a poor job as a coaching staff of being able to stop those four passes and four runs. And if we're going to contend in this league, we've got to fix it.''
It would behoove the Mountaineers to do so before Saturday. Texas isn't as explosive as Baylor, but the Longhorns are far more balanced, averaging nearly 500 yards and 47 points while running and passing with equal effectiveness. Texas is No. 19 in the country in rushing and No. 4 in passing efficiency.
For the record, West Virginia is now No. 118 (out of 120 teams) in pass defense and No. 106 in total defense. But the Mountaineers are also 4-0.
"A win's a win. We won the game,'' DeForest said. "You know how hard that is? They had won nine straight games. That's the No. 1 offense in the country. Am I happy about [the performance]? Absolutely not. But you know what? We won. We're 4-0. They're not.
"It's hard to take as a defensive coach, very hard. But maybe this will make us better. We're going to make some corrections.''
Well, it might make the Mountaineers better if they aren't shell-shocked, that is. DeForest talked about making personnel changes, but he made very few during the game, save for normal rotation of players.
"We didn't want to. We wanted to build these guys' confidence,'' DeForest said. "As soon as you pull a guy he loses confidence. And then if you need him later on ... There's a fine line between pulling a guy and not pulling a guy.''
Perhaps the only encouraging aspect of the defensive performance was that it can't get worse. And, too, it is in the first year with new schemes and new coaches. Remember the transition WVU's offense went through under those circumstances? As late as the last regular-season game of 2011, West Virginia's offense generated exactly one touchdown in a game at South Florida.
"Look at our offense here last year. It was a work in progress and they got better,'' DeForest said. "Well, we need to get better, obviously, or else it's going to be a long year.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at twitter.com/dphickman1.