WVU 33-Liberty 20: No Blowout, But No Panic

Posted by Frank Ahrens on September-7-2009 Add Comments

The first thing you need to take from West Virginia's 33-20 victory on Saturday over FCS opponent Liberty, is that Liberty, at its level, is no joke.

The Flames had something like eight starters who played D-1, including former South Carolina quarterback Tommy Beecher and his favorite target Mike Brown, who could not only play for WVU, he could start for WVU.

That's part of the reason it's no surprise this wasn't a 52-7 blowout; the kind we saw opening the 2006, 2007, and even 2008 season, when WVU scored 48 on Villanova.

The other part of the reason is—those days are over.

WVU's zone-read, spread-option offense, featuring probably the nation's two most skilled players at that scheme—Pat ...

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