Perhaps that will come in handy this week when the Mountaineers, up to No. 8 in this week's Associated Press poll, play again. That comes Saturday when WVU (2-0) hosts Maryland (2-1) in a noon game at Mountaineer Field. But even if it doesn't, it is sure to be on the horizon, because after that begins Big 12 play against the likes of Baylor and Texas right off the bat.
It seems a good bet, too, that when adversity strikes this season it will be with West Virginia's defense on the field. That's not to say the defense is undermanned, but it is still feeling its way and has some of the most potent offenses in the country waiting down the line.
So after getting just a taste of the pressure of having to perform against JMU, if nothing else the defense knows how it feels.
"Our defense rose to the occasion,'' first-year defensive coordinator Joe DeForest said. "I'm glad we were put in that situation this early in the season.''
BRIEFLY: West Virginia's coaches named the champions for the James Madison game Sunday and again they were a bit under the radar.
Running back Andrew Buie was named the offensive champion after rushing for 31 yards and catching five passes for 90 yards. Linebacker Josh Francis was the defensive champion and freshman K.J. Dillon the special teams champion.
The scout team champions were Devonte Robinson and Austin Copeland.
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