September 8, 2007

Wicks shoulders blame for pass game

HUNTINGTON-Eric Wicks threw up off the field Saturday morning and then, according to him, almost threw up on it in 3rd/4th-ranked West Virginia's 48-23 victory over Marshall in 90 degree temperatures at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Whether it was the appalling humidity-which a Marshall sideline reporter claimed was worse than that of the Orange Bowl on Sept. 1-or the morning breakfast, the senior bandit safety blew grits just before the 11 a.m. kickoff.

"I don't really know what it is, I was feeling pretty bad out there for a second," said Wicks who accomplished four unassisted tackles and half-a-sack against the 0-2 Thundering Herd, the first tackles of the 2-0 season for the veteran.

For the second straight week the Gold and Blue, which visits (Saturday 1-0) Maryland Thursday night, 7:45 p.m., on ESPN, gave up more than the 243 yards allowed through the air it rendered per game in 2006. The '06 total put WVU among the nation's 109th ranked passing. D. Coordinator Jeff Casteel's group was ranked 86th through the air after beating Western Michigan 62-24 on Sept. 1.

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