He was intercepted twice, with Justin Gilbert and Tyler Patmon picking off two long balls. And it could have been more — that's why they call them jump balls — with the Cowboys missing opportunities on balls that at times hung in the air.
“We already know that they're throwing the ball deep,” said safety Daytawion Lowe. “We've got to be able to make a play on the ball.”
Saturday may be revealed as an aberration of sorts, since not many quarterbacks or coaches are all that comfortable with just throwing balls up for grabs. For West Virginia, they didn't have much to lose, entering the game at 2-2 and scuffling on offense, turning to Trickett, a Florida State transfer who had been the third-team quarterback as he hurried to learn the system.
That doesn't mean opponents won't take more direct shots at the Cowboys secondary.
In this age of attacking OSU defense, offenses will attack back, the best way they can.
“When you press on the corners, people are going to throw deep on you,” Spencer said. “That's the world those corners live in.
“We got tested a lot on deep balls (Saturday). Played a lot of them good. It's evident that we've got to play a few of them better.”