Of course, every defense misses tackles, even the great ones. Diaz knows that and understands it. At some point tonight he will throw his hat down after one.
But when it happens, the damage needs to be kept to a minimum.
"You're going to miss tackles. I just watched LSU playing against them [last season]. LSU missed tackles all over the field,'' Diaz said, referring to a game in which WVU gained 533 yards against a Tigers defense that was among the best in the country, only to lose because of four turnovers and a kickoff return for a touchdown by LSU. "You have to try to limit the damage that they can cause.
"What jumped out about the game this past Saturday [a 70-63 win over Baylor], both teams scored on enormous chunk plays. It is really hard to score 133 points in a game without the scores happening so fast. When it's an 80-yard touchdown this way, 70-yard touchdown that way, the offense gets rolling up. That's a part of it, as well.''
That also figures to be a significant factor tonight - not allowing West Virginia's offense to get "rolling up,'' or in a rhythm. Diaz and the Texas defense will have a lot to do with that, but so too will the Texas offense. The Longhorns run the ball on roughly 60 percent of their plays and if they control the ball for long stretches it could throw off West Virginia's rhythm.
"The Maryland game was like that,'' West Virginia offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "They huddled and ran the play clock down and then snapped the ball and we just sat there. It can throw you off, sure.''
One thing Diaz won't have to be concerned about is missing tackles on Shawne Alston. West Virginia's bruising 238-pound tailback, who has missed the last two games with a thigh bruise, will miss this one, too. He didn't even make the trip with the team.
That will once again leave the bulk of the running responsibilities to sophomore Andrew Buie, although he could get considerably more help in this game from fellow sophomore Dustin Garrison, who has played in two games now and appears to be working himself back into shape after reconstructive knee surgery.