"The first one was in the red zone," Dunlap said. "[Baylor punter Spencer Roth's punt] went 37 yards and had good hang time. There was no opportunity to return it. On the second, it went to the sideline with 4.6 seconds of hang time. There was no opportunity to return it."
Austin was credited with 1 return yard on the day.
On the flip side, net punting, the Mountaineers are getting hammered. The average gained by the Baylor Bears last Saturday on two punts was 46.5 yards of field position. WVU gained but 15.5 yards of field position on its two punts. One Mountaineer punter, Corey Smith, had a 45-yard punt that was returned nicely by Baylor's Levi Norwood. When Holgorsen tried Mike Molinari, his punt was shanked and went but 31 yards with no return.
"That kills you," Dunlap said. "We punt the ball 45 yards and [Norwood] returns it 45 yards. A lot goes into it, though. It's where the ball goes; it's how long it hangs up. You want it to hang up four seconds or better."
Then there are opponents' schematic maneuvers to consider in this ball of wax called special teams.
"Baylor changed their [kickoff] return scheme totally," Dunlap said. "They'd never done what they did against us. We had to adjust."
The good news for WVU is the team's offense has been covering for the defense and special teams. Kicker Tyler Bitancurt has attempted just two field goals, hitting one. And Dunlap says there are some new guys on the special teams who are improving.
"That [Garrett] Hope kid is a terror on the kickoff team," Dunlap said. "Some of these kids are getting better and better."
In Austin on Saturday, they'll need to be at their best yet.