"It's a part of the game,'' Miller said. "You can't care about it too much.''
The game against Texas, though, has perhaps bolstered Miller's confidence. He was glowing afterward in postgame interviews, probably because for the first time all season he was being asked about plays he made instead of those he didn't.
While he and fellow cornerback Brodrick Jenkins are likely to need to make more today against Texas Tech, Roberts isn't so sure that last week's success will have much to do with this week.
"There are some benefits to making plays at the end of a game,'' Roberts said, referring to the confidence a player might be able to carry over from one game to the next. "But as soon as you put that Texas Tech tape on it all goes out the window. You see a very potent offense and a team with a wealth of skill players, and that's the best mind eraser you can have.
"Pat understands his contributions the last game helped us, but he also knows those contributions aren't going to help us this week.''
As is usually the case, there's the possibility that West Virginia's defense doesn't have to actually clamp down on Texas Tech, but rather just slow the Red Raiders. In the first two games of the Big 12 season, the Mountaineers have given up an average of 54 points to Baylor and Texas, but thanks to an offense that averages 59 it didn't matter.
This week, though, WVU is facing a defense ranked No. 2 nationally and giving up just 210 yards per game. While West Virginia will certainly exceed that, it might not be equipped to win a shootout unless its defense comes to play just a bit.
Miller and Jenkins and everyone else on the back end of the WVU defense have to be prepared not only to play, but to keep playing even when things go badly, which surely they will at some point.
"An offensive coordinator isn't feeling sorry for you because you gave up a couple of big passes,'' Roberts said. "They're coming right back at you. We saw that in the last game and we'll see it again this one.''
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