MORGANTOWN - Geno Smith and Dana Holgorsen would love to have the problem again.
Not only would it be a chance for redemption, but it would also mean that West Virginia's offense was having some sort of success against LSU's defense.
Red zone offense? Hey, you've got to get into the red zone first. In three games to date, LSU's opponents have been there just eight times.
West Virginia is likely to get there a few times when the No. 16 Mountaineers (3-0) host No. 2 LSU (3-0) Saturday night. When it happens, the Mountaineers have to be able to take advantage of it.
In WVU's three games, the Mountaineers have been inside their opponents' 20-yard line 18 times. Sixteen times they have scored.
But on eight of those 18 opportunities West Virginia had to settle for field goals. That's not the percentage anyone associated with the offense wants.
"It's just growing pains. We're getting better,'' said Smith, the junior quarterback who has already thrown for 1,008 yards, seven touchdowns and just one interception. "I can't really pinpoint it. Everyone's had their share of mistakes that we have to learn from and we have to obviously get better from in order to win.
"But we've only played three games and we can't expect to just come out lights-out and on fire. We want to, but you can't be perfect. You just have to take the punches and roll with them.''
Some of the punches, ironically, have come from Holgorsen. The first-year coach and offensive coordinator used the terms "awful'' and "terrible'' Saturday to describe at least one of Smith's throws in the red zone. In a 37-31 win over Maryland, Smith was just 1-for-6 passing for 9 yards in the red zone.
The rest of the game he was 35-of-43 for 379 yards.
While Holgorsen also criticized one of Smith's throws - Smith had a chance to hit Stedman Bailey for what would have been a game-clinching touchdown from the 3-yard line - he seems more concerned with the decisions his quarterback is making near the goal line.
"He's still at the point where he's got to totally understand what the system is and trust the system and not think about having to do too much,'' Holgorsen said. "There's some instances out there that he really didn't trust what we were telling him, and that needs to be a constant. He needs to trust what we tell him and not think that he's got a better way of doing things.
"Not that that's an every-down issue or anything like that. He's very talented. He's a smart football player. He studies the game and studies the opponent. He studies the game plan. But he just gets to a point where he kind of reverts back to sometimes thinking he's got to do a little bit too much. We'll continue to just preach on him playing in the system and trusting his coaches and trusting the people around him.''