Bill Stewart said he saw more positives than negatives in West Virginia's 20-14 loss at the hands of Louisiana State University Saturday night, but added that "the worst stat is that we lost."
He said during Monday's Big East Conference coaches' teleconference that he was proud of the way his football team played in a tough environment and with the way his defense only let the nationally ranked Tigers into the end zone once all night.
"There were some positives to come out of this more positives than negatives," he said. "If no one saw that, that's their opinion. I have an opinion also. Mine seems to count more than most."
He said WVU committed only three penalties to LSU's 12, and that the defense stopped LSU from converting on third down on 10 of 13 opportunities.
"We played them toe-to-toe," Stewart said. "We had the ball 1st and 10 on the 30-yard line with 12 minutes to go and a chance to win. We just didn't finish the job."
Running back Noel Devine, who missed a large portion of the contest because of an injured foot, is received treatments daily, Stewart said. WVU, 3-1, has an open weekend and expects to have the speedster back in time for the Oct. 9 contest in Morgantown against Nevada-Las Vegas.
Stewart said he never considered shifting receivers Tavon Austin or Jock Sanders into Devine's running back spot during the contest.
Stewart said it is "crucial" for his team to bounce back strong as there are still several games remaining. He also urged his team not to listen to the so-called experts and critics.
"People try to finger point and tear this team apart," he said. "I will hold people accountable, starting with me, the staff, the seniors and the rest of the team. We're 3-1. We will press on and continue to have a good year."