MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Dreamius Smith was just as baffled as anyone else Saturday night at Oklahoma.
West Virginia's junior college transfer running back had carried the ball twice. Once was on the first series, the game's third play, and he gained a yard.
The second was on WVU's second series. He went into the middle of the line, bounced outside and somehow managed to turn the corner and race 75 yards for a touchdown.
He would get one more carry. That was it. His touchdown was the Mountaineers' only score in a 16-7 loss.
"I don't know what the story behind that was,'' Smith said this week.
Well, actually he does.
There was one other play in the game in which an action by Smith had a profound effect. Early in the second quarter, quarterback Paul Millard was hit while bringing his arm back to throw. His fumble was recovered by Oklahoma and it put an end to a West Virginia drive that had reached as far as the OU 41-yard line.
Smith was in the backfield on that play, too. He was Millard's blocking back.
"Yeah, I missed one key block that caused a turnover and I take all the responsibility for that,'' Smith said. "That's one thing I'm working on to improve more is my blocking. If my blocking improves, [it means] more carries. That's what it sounds like.''
Dana Holgorsen couldn't agree more. When asked this week if it was fair to say that in order for Smith to stay on the field more and get more carries he might have to block better, the West Virginia coach didn't hesitate.
"Yes,'' Holgorsen said. "A hundred percent.''