But if that's the worst thing that happened - and pretty much it was - well, it's hard to find much fault.
The bottom line is that West Virginia's offense - while certainly aided by an atrocious Kansas defense - looked again like it did in the season's first five games.
The defense - again, aided by a miserable opponent - put forth its best performance, by far. Kansas, which started passing quarterback Dayne Crist and went nowhere and then reverted to the run, had 12 possessions and scored twice. The worst pass defense in the country gave up just seven pass completions and 117 yards and held the Jayhawks to 31/2 yards per rush.
And WVU's special teams - thanks in part to not needing a punt team - made no gaffes for perhaps the first time all season.
"I thought we had a chance to play our best ball game in Game 12 on all three sides of the ball,'' coach Dana Holgorsen said. "And I think we did that.''
What does it all mean? Well, in the grand scheme of things perhaps very little. While the performance is certainly one that will provide a boost of confidence heading into three-plus weeks of bowl preparation, it might have done nothing to improve West Virginia's stock with those bowls.
The Mountaineers (7-5, 4-5) went into the day probably looking at a trip to the Dec. 29 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium against a Big East opponent. The only other legitimate alternative appears to be the Holiday Bowl two days earlier in San Diego, but that group seems more likely to take Texas Tech, whose record is identical to that of the Mountaineers. While WVU presents perhaps a better TV draw with Smith and Austin, the bowl seems reluctant to pass on a team that, in the head-to-head meeting, trounced WVU 49-14.
"I would think there would be a whole lot of bowls out there that would want the Mountaineers,'' Holgorsen said.
Well, perhaps, but those two seem the most likely and the final decisions will come today.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at twitter.com/dphickman1.