It actually didn't seem like a bad place to try a fake, but it wasn't the coaches' decision. They give the specialists - Molinari and kicker Josh Lambert - the option if they see certain things. Lambert or Molinari apparently thought they saw something they didn't and called the fake.
"It was not the correct look,'' Dana Holgorsen said. "And it was not the correct call.''
Injuries are beginning to take a toll on West Virginia.
Linebacker Doug Rigg did not make the trip after taking a hard hit last week against Texas Tech. Cornerback Daryl Worley stayed in street clothes after he was ruled out. Quarterback Ford Childress made the trip, but didn't dress.
And that's not even to mention the laundry list of players - mostly on defense - who have been lost for the season. They include cornerback Nana Kyeremeh, linebackers Shaq Petteway and Dozie Ezemma, and lineman Christian Brown.
Patterson, though, refuses to use that as an excuse.
"I don't like to make excuses and that's what that sounds like,'' he said. "It's that time of year when things like that happen and start to pile up.''
BRIEFLY: Oddly, West Virginia's game captains were all specialists - Molinari, Lambert, punter Nick O'Toole and snapper John DePalma. Teams used to assign captains from the offense, defense and special teams in order to represent the team with game officials, but apparently that's no longer an issue.
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