"I thought they were heading toward the corners [and out of bounds]. That's the way they were going,'' Austin said of the ones he let drop. "I have to do a better job.''
Bob Huggins was invited onto the ESPN set for the final few minutes of College Gameday Saturday morning to join Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit in predicting a handful of games.
The WVU basketball coach had a state element to all of his picks -- Alabama because of Monongah's Nick Saban, Florida State because of Clarksburg's Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M over Oklahoma State because OSU no longer has now-WVU coach Dana Holgorsen.
Naturally, he chose West Virginia over LSU, too.
His best line, though, was in reference to Pitt's decision to go to the ACC. He picked Notre Dame to beat the Panthers because "I always go with the Big East team.''
BRIEFLY: At least twice during the game, LSU defensive linemen wound up on the ground behind the line of scrimmage and had to be helped off the field while West Virginia was successfully running a hurry-up offense.
That's the kind of scenario that Holgorsen has complained about at some of his past jobs -- coaches perhaps faking injuries to stop the game. Whether that was what LSU was doing, the crowd thought it was when they booed the injured player the second times it happened, early in the third quarter.
For the record, though, West Virginia scored on both of those drives -- two plays after the first injury and one after the second.
| Josh Francis started his first game in a West Virginia uniform, replacing Casey Vance at linebacker. Francis is a junior college transfer who was widely thought of as an instant starter, but it took him a little extra time to learn the defensive scheme.
| West Virginia's loss snapped an 18-game, home non-conference win streak. The Mountaineers will try to start a new one next week against Bowling Green, which is 3-1 after beating winless Miami (Ohio), 37-23 on Saturday. The Falcons also own wins over Idaho and Morgan State and lost a week ago at home to Wyoming.
LSU, meanwhile, won for the 36th straight time against non-conference opponents during the regular season. The Tigers' last in-season loss outside the SEC was against Virginia Tech in the 2002 season opener.
| West Virginia went into the game having not yet committed a pre-snap penalty on offense. That was blown out of the water, though, by two delay of games and a handful of procedure penalties.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com