MORGANTOWN - A week ago, it was about turnovers. This week, it's about sacks.
As well as West Virginia's defense has played at times this season - save for a span in the second half of last week's 37-31 win at Maryland - there always seem to be questions about some aspect of the Mountaineers' game.
Through the first two games, the defense forced zero turnovers. Against the Terps, they got three on interceptions and forced a fumble that they couldn't recover.
But now through three games, West Virginia has exactly one sack. And this from a team that has perhaps one of the best 1-2 pass-rush combos around. Bruce Irvin was second in the country in sacks a year ago. Julian Miller is the active career leader in that category in the Big East.
And they have one sack?
"At my point in my career, I don't worry a lot about [stats] like that,'' Miller said. "As long as the defense is doing what we're supposed to be doing and making plays and flying around, that's what matters.''
Indeed, the defense has done that for the most part. The numbers aren't as gaudy as years' past - WVU ranks 40th in the country in total defense and scoring defense - but there have been only a few major glitches.
Yet there are still almost no sacks from a team that was expected to do that as well as anything else on defense.
"Last week everybody - coach [Dana] Holgorsen and the defensive coaches, too - kept saying we had to get turnovers. They drilled that into us,'' Miller said. "And we did. That's one of those things that come along with more work and more repetitions. And sacks are going to come, too.''
Oddly enough, they could begin to come this week against without question the best team the Mountaineers have faced, No. 2 LSU. It's just a matter of styles.
"It's been hard,'' Irvin said. "The first three games have been quick screens and three-step drops. You can't really get sacks on three-step drops. I don't even think Superman can do that.''
LSU, though, is unlike any of those first three opponents where style is concerned. Yes, quarterback Jarrett Lee is likely being coached to get rid of the ball quicker this week against the Mountaineers, but that's not a part of the usual game plan. The Tigers are generally more methodical in the way they run offense.