5 Thoughts After WVU Falls to Oklahoma State on Homecoming

WVU fell to the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday, and now sit at 4-3 and 2-2 in Big 12 play. So now what?

Morgantown, WV – As I made my way out of Milan Puskar Stadium yesterday, I didn’t hold my head in shame. My attitude was fine, and I really was not that upset. Instead, I was just numb – numb to the fact that we have reached a “same shit, different year” point of the “Climb.”

The same mistakes that have plagued the program for the last five seasons are still rearing their ugly heads. After a solid start, the defense has completely fallen off of a cliff, and the offense isn’t doing enough to win games.

And don’t even get me started on whatever the hell the special teams was doing.

Never in my life have I been so indifferent about a WVU game. That is not a good thing at all, folks.

Today, we are going to explore the five thoughts that consumed my mind as I made the nearly four hour drive back home in the rain and cold.

  • Someone needs held accountable on defense – The defense got absolutely gashed yesterday. I have no idea where this Ollie Gordon guy came from, but he should not have been running around on our defense like Barry Sanders. The unit as a whole looked unprepared, and that’s on coaching. Whether it is Jordan Lesley, ShaDon Brown, or any of the assistant coaches, it is beyond time someone is held accountable.
  • Garrett Greene hate needs to stop – One of, if not the only reason that WVU had a chance to win yesterday was because of Garrett Greene. After a somewhat subpar start to the season passing, he has really came into his own the last two weeks. He is the heart and soul of the Mountaineer Football program right now. Any hate towards the guy is uncalled for.
  • Neal Brown’s fate is not sealed…yet – As much as everyone wants him fired now, there is a lot of season left. Brown could easily put together his best season in Morgantown to date. A 7-5 or 6-6 mark would in all likelihood secure him at least one more season. The roster will be much more established in 2024, but all that is moot if the team falls apart and misses a bowl game again. We will know the direction this program is heading by the team’s November 11th trip to Norman, Oklahoma.
  • Welcome back, Justin Johnson Jr. – Coming into the game, Justin Johnson had only toted the ball twice for 3 yards. There have been some rumblings that he had been injured, but his absence definitely took up vacancy in my mind. Well, he finally arrived in 2023 with a solid outing against the Cowboys. He was the primary running back yesterday with 14 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. Having yet another body back in the backfield will take pressure off of C.J. Donaldson.
  • Preston Fox is underrated – I know his stats are not incredible, but Preston Fox has made some insane catches during his time with WVU. He once again added to the insanity yesterday with a huge catch as he was falling down.

He is a talented receiver. Though he may never be “the” guy on offense, his presence can cause headaches for defenses any play.

(Photo by WVU Athletics) 



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Clark Johnson is a Football Columnist for The Voice of West Virginia. He is a student at Concord University and is majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. He became a Mountaineer fan at 9-years old and has not missed a WVU football game since 2008. He is honored to bring new perspective and fresh content to the best fanbase in the nation!