MORGANTOWN - The numbers were simply staggering.
Nearly 900 yards of total offense.
Nine touchdowns on the first 10 possessions.
And while the buzz across the nation surrounds the Baylor team that rang up those gaudy statistics - in Vegas the Bears went from 25-to-1 to win the national championship to 10-to-1, behind only Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State - in West Virginia it is hard to forget that it takes two to tango.
Someone had to give up those numbers.
"We reverted back to a lot of the stuff that happened last year,'' Dana Holgorsen said of WVU's defense, which a season ago might have surrendered those without a second thought.
This wasn't supposed to be last year's defense, however. In fact, through the first five games of the season it looked like anything but that. It ranked 36th nationally in scoring defense and 37th in total defense. It held Oklahoma to 16 points and was giving up less than 20 points and 350 yards per game.
And then that.
"When we got down 21-7 and we knew the environment we were in, our guys hit the panic button, defensively specifically,'' Holgorsen said. "They lost some of the discipline that we've been teaching for eight months, which was discouraging to see.''