Yet when Smith was asked about the wind, he shrugged it off. Well, actually what he said was that anyone who thought wind was a factor "obviously doesn't know football.'' Oh well, so they need to get on message together.
The offense had other issues, not the least of which was receiver Stedman Bailey missing most of the second half after he was injured. In his stead were guys like Travares Copeland (so much for that redshirt). Texas Tech also plays pretty good defense, ranking second in the country, so let's not get too worked up about offensive inefficiency just yet.
But the defense? It seems to be getting worse, not better. That's not true, of course. Every game the defense gets a little bit better. It's hard not to. After all, experience matters, and these guys have only been playing in the system six games.
But it's also true that every week there's another layer of tape out there exposing that West Virginia defense and its flaws. Tech used variations on the same combination route - a post route clearing the sideline and a wheel route coming into the clear space - that Texas used a week earlier. When the routes aren't tricky, well, the receivers just beat the defenders.
And it's not likely to get much better.
Granted, next week presents a completely different set of challenges for the defense. Kansas State will come to Morgantown ranked No. 4 in the country. It won't have the kind of throw-it-around quarterback Tech or Baylor or even Marshall and Texas presented, but it has a great one of another kind in Collin Klein. The Wildcats aren't going to spread the field much, but rather line up and try to beat a defense down.
West Virginia's defense has proven entirely incapable of handling the wide-open offenses. Perhaps what it needs is a different kind of challenge, which it will get on Saturday.
Again, we knew all along that this team was built around its offense. But as Saturday proved, how the defense handles challenges will go a long way toward figuring out what's in store for this team the rest of the season.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.