The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

October 6, 2011

Pasqualoni knows WVU well

Mountaineers may take to air against UConn Saturday

As with most coaches, Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni noticed the play of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith right away while watching tape this week.

It was the last thing Pasqualoni wanted to see.

No. 16 West Virginia (4-1) hosts the Huskies (2-3) at noon Saturday and will be televised locally on WOAY-TV 4.

Last week, in a 38-31 loss to Western Michigan, the Connecticut defense allowed 479 passing yards.

Smith has thrown for 1,709 yards (138 of 213) with 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

“Geno Smith is an excellent player,” Pasqualoni said. “I’m becoming familiar with him through watching film. He’s a prototype, drop back passer. He can make all the throws. He looks great in the pocket. He’s clearly capable of moving. His feet are very good. So he’s clearly capable of moving, scrambling, pushing up, moving to the outside, running with the ball downfield, or resetting his feet and throwing. He’s pretty impressive.”

“He is a great quarterback,” UConn linebacker Sio Moore said. “He is smart with the ball and has a great arm. If he can’t make a play, he can beat you with a run. He’s a good guy. Look forward to going against him. We have to contain him. As long as we can get to the quarterback, we will have a good chance at winning.”

Obviously, UConn needs a better performance against WVU’s high-octane passing offense than they had last week.

“I think the biggest adjustment we have to make is to play the coverages better. I think it starts there. You’ve got to hang your hat on fundamentals, on techniques,” Pasqualoni said.

“The West Virginia offense has got a lot of similarities to Western Michigan in a sense that it’s a spread. There’s going to be four wide receivers in the game an awful lot. There’s going to be three wide receivers with a tight end, that’s flexed.”

WVU is led by Tavon Austin with 35 receptions for 490 yards and a touchdown, Stedman Bailey (27-456-3) and Ivan McCartney (29-324-3).

Making matters worse, WVU seemed to get its running untracked when freshman Dustin Garrison ran for 291 yards and two scores against Bowling Green.

“(Dustin Garrison) is very quick,” Pasqualoni said. “He’s not real big. They run the draw, and they run that zone play, behind these big offensive linemen. He’s kind of hard to see sometimes. He can make you miss. He’s a downhill runner. He’s a very good zone runner.”

Text Only
College Sports
  • Mountaineers beat Buckeyes 4-1 in lefty Vance’s first career start

    In his first career start for the WVU baseball team, sophomore left-hander Ross Vance struck out 14 en route to a 4-1 victory over Ohio State on Tuesday evening at Hawley Field.

    April 15, 2014

  • Most plays good, some not so good in Gold-Blue scrimmage

    There appeared to be a fine mixture of plays, most good with some not so good, in West Virginia University’s Gold-Blue football scrimmage last Saturday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Wesleyan edges CU twice in softball

    The Concord University softball narrowly dropped a pair of games to No. 17 West Virginia Wesleyan, 2-1 and 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Culpepper Field.

    April 14, 2014

  • Concord baseball shuts out Cardinals

    The Concord University baseball team posted two shutout victories on Sunday, extending its winning streak to seven games by beating conference foe Wheeling Jesuit.

    April 14, 2014

  • dana Much still to be answered this fall

    In Saturday’s paper, I compiled a list of five things to watch at West Virginia University’s annual Gold-Blue Spring Game. Now, after watching the football scrimmage that concluded this year’s spring drills and taking some time to process what I saw, it’s time to go back and revisit those five points and how they turned out on Saturday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • D’Antoni speculation now seems to have legs

    Kareem Canty got what he wanted, and Marshall fans should find out this week if they will get what they want.

    April 13, 2014

  • millard Specials teams shine at Gold-Blue Game

    The scoreboard said the Gold (offense) beat the Blue (defense) 37-27 in Saturday’s Gold-Blue Spring Game at Milan Puskar Stadium using a modified scoring system that rewarded the defense for stops and turnovers and the offense for scores.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • syvertson ‘Huey the Punter’ makes transition to LB

    The first reaction of the 10,000 fans in attendance at Milan Puskar Stadium for Saturday’s Gold-Blue Spring Game when No. 42 shot through the offensive line and put junior college transfer quarterback Skyler Howard on the ground in the second half was to ooh and aah.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • crutchfield Crutchfield again named Furfari Award winner

    Already the winningest men’s basketball coach in college history in terms of percentage — yes, better than guys like John Wooden, Adolph Rupp and Roy Williams — West Liberty’s Jim Crutchfield is heading into some lofty territory within the confines of his home state.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Five things to watch at WVU spring game

    Spring practice will come to an end for West Virginia University this afternoon when the Mountaineer football team hosts the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game at 1 p.m. at Milan Puskar Stadium.

    April 11, 2014

AP Video