Big 12 football: West Virginia hoping for better defensive performance than last year's WVU-Baylor game

Saturday night in Waco, Baylor and West Virginia meet again, and this much we know. No way will West Virginia get to 70, or even 63. Baylor? Stay tuned.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 4, 2013
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Oklahoman Keith Patterson (Marlow, America) has the WVU defense playing well in his first season as Holgorsen's coordinator.

“Coach Patterson's done a great job of corralling these guys and teaching them the game,” Holgorsen said. “Last year we had a version of his 3-4 defense, and then when he took over before the (Pinstripe) bowl game, he started installing his and his only version of the 3-4 defense.

“Having one voice is obviously the right thing, especially his voice. He's doing a fantastic job of teaching them the game the way he knows how to teach it. And then you couple that with [having] experienced guys.”

West Virginia used seven true freshmen and four redshirt freshmen in its defensive rotation in 2012. So the Mountaineer defense has grown up a bit defensively. But now comes its biggest test.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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