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Texas coaching staff trying to figure out how to slow down WVU offense

October 2, 2012
By John Wickline - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Texas coach Mack Brown said he has had a hard time finding his defensive coaches in the past couple of days, especially after his crew saw the film of West Virginia's 70-point barrage last weekend against Baylor.

"They're sick," Brown said during Monday's Big 12 Conference coaches' teleconference. "It's been hard to communicate with the defensive staff. I think they're hiding under their desk. They are really trying hard to figure out how to slow them down. You're not going to stop them."

Brown and staff have until 7 p.m. Saturday to figure out a strategy, as his Longhorns will play host to West Virginia in Austin. Both teams come into the game with identical 4-0 records, both are ranked in the top 10 and both won their 2012 debut in conference play last weekend.

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Brown said he believes WVU quarterback Geno Smith is ahead of the curve set last year by Baylor's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Smith was the national Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 656 yards and eight touchdowns. It was his second such award in four games.

"Geno's got to be the leader for the Heisman," Brown said. "His receivers are unbelievable. He's confident, and he doesn't make any mistakes. There is a tremendous amount of hype, and it's very difficult thing to deal with. It doesn't seem to bother him."

Three West Virginia receivers gained more than 100 yards, including Stedman Bailey topping 300 yards and Tavon Austin 200 yards. WVU coach Dana Holgorsen credits the relationship Bailey and Austin have with Smith.

"That goes a long way," Holgorsen said. "It makes it kind of easier to coach them."

Brown called the Mountaineers' trio of receivers "three of the best I've ever seen.

"They can put up big numbers easy and fast," he said.

WVU will be going into a stadium environment of more than 100,000 people, but Holgorsen said his team has played in big venues before.

"They've played at LSU, Auburn," he said. "Our kids don't care much about that. They're excited, but they're not going to be intimidated."



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