September 30, 2007

Rod: White day-to-day with thigh bruise

MORGANTOWN-- West Virginia starting quarterback Pat White, who was forced to sit out the entire second half in Friday's 21-13 loss to South Florida after suffering a deep thigh bruise just before halftime, is listed as day-to-day for Saturday's contest at Syracuse.

"Pat began treatment today," Rodriguez said. "He didn't do anything today, but it's kind of day to day with him. It's one of those things you can't predict. He might wake up tomorrow and feel better. We'll see."

Other injured Mountaineers include wide receiver Tito Gonzales, who suffered a sprained ankle against the Bulls but according to Rodriguez should be ready to go against the Orange; linebacker Ovid Goulbourne, who will likely miss Saturday's game with a pulled hamstring; and defensive lineman James Ingram, who will is also doubtful against Syracuse due to a back injury.

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After reviewing the film from his team's 21-13 loss to South Florida, West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez confirmed what was obvious to most spectators of Friday night's game: the Mountaineers had ample opportunities against the Bulls, but simply failed to execute from a fundamental stand point.

"Judging just from practice (throughout the week leading up to the game), their attention and focus seemed good and I thought we were ready to play," Rodriguez said during a Sunday conference call with the media. "Then we got out in the game and we just weren't sharp. It wasn't just the offense, either. There were times when all three
phases weren't sharp, and the coaches weren't sharp. When you're not sharp against a pretty good team at their place, it can cost you a game, and that's what happened.

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