MORGANTOWN -- The scheme West Virginia's defense is facing Saturday when Kansas State visits Milan Puskar Stadium may be different than the Mountaineers have seen in recent weeks, but the desired result - something WVU has not done well so far - is the same: stop the other team from scoring.
Against Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech it was the WVU secondary that received the bulk of the scrutiny after allowing 1,358 combined passing yards in its three Big 12 games.
K-State does not figure to put up huge numbers through the air when the No. 4 Wildcats take on the Mountaineers in front of a national television audience on Fox, but K-State quarterback Collin Klein has been extremely efficient in leading his team up the polls, including a marquee win at then-No. 6 Oklahoma.
Through six games, K-State averages 40.8 points but is last in the Big 12 with 179 passing yards per game. The Wildcats have excelled in the running game with Klein and running back John Hubert leading the team to 248.5 yards per game on the ground (good enough for second in the conference behind Oklahoma State).
Mountaineer defensive coordinator Joe DeForest said Tuesday during the team's open interview session that his defensive unit could be in for another long day if it can't improve immediately.
"We have a lot of things to correct but they're all correctable," DeForest said. "Our kids saw that on tape. We pointed out the things that need to be corrected both effort-wise and technique-wise. That's why we weren't successful last week."
DeForest said he has seen some improvement in spots but the defense needs to do better as a group after allowing 158 points through three Big 12 games.
"You see [improvement] in some areas but obviously not in all the areas we need to have corrected or improved," he said. "Unfortunately that comes with time and we don't have time. We've got to fix it now and it's got to be immediate. It's got to be fixed as a mindset. This is how you practice and this is how you play."