Now the defense is holding its own, but it doesn't matter because the offense is generating 62 passing yards against Maryland and a combined one touchdown against the only two BCS level opponents it has faced, the Terps and Oklahoma.
"Yeah, but it's a team sport,'' defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said. "There are a lot of things we can get better at.
"Our goal is always to give the ball back to the offense as soon as possible.''
It would be nice, though, if the offense would do something with it when it gets it. Twice in the second half Saturday the defense handed the ball to the offense on turnovers inside the Maryland 35. The offense ran a combined three plays on those two possessions before turning it back over to the Terps.
"All we can do is just play the next play,'' said nose tackle Shaq Rowell. "It's all we can do.''
Those plays figure to get harder beginning this week. Oklahoma State arrives for Saturday's noon game (televised by ESPN) having scored 115 points in its last two games and with a week off to rest and prepare. A week later, in Waco, brings a Baylor offense that has scored 69, 70 and 70 points and is averaging - this is not a misprint - over 750 yards of total offense. Baylor has this week off. Texas Tech the following week is averaging 408 yards passing. The Red Raiders don't have an open week before playing WVU, but do have bottom feeders Kansas and Iowa State as the lead-ins.
Oh, and those next three opponents are also a combined 10-0. It's guaranteed the first two will be unbeaten when they play West Virginia and it seems likely the third will be, too. WVU has already played two teams (3-0 Oklahoma and 4-0 Maryland) that are still undefeated.
Then again, that just means opportunities exist.
"We've still got how many more games left, eight?'' Cook asked. "We just have to take them one by one and see what happens.''
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