The Mountaineer offense did move though. In a big way. The problem is, the yardage didn't translate into nearly enough points. It reminded one of Carolina's Cam Newton throwing for over 400 yards in each of his first two NFL games. And losing both.
Defensively, West Virginia, as projected, wore down. The Mountaineers have four real defensive linemen, with no stud at nose tackle. LSU has defensive linemen coming out its ears. In the end, WVU's rebuilt defense sagged. Thus, 47 Tiger points.
Overall? LSU proved it deserves to be one of the top five ranked teams in the country. It showed athleticism, poise and toughness.
The Mountaineers showed they could move the ball against one of the best defenses in the country, but has a way to go before can defeat one of the SEC's best.
Anticipate WVU seriously dropping in the polls. Getting smacked around by any team, highly ranked or not, on the home turf doesn't look good on the resume.
Still, there's hope for the Mountaineers. They can, and probably will, win the Big East. A BCS bowl berth is still there for the taking.
Saturday, though, was a good day gone bad for the home team.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.