It was supposed to be West Virginia's strongest unit.
It returned seven starters from a squad which ranked among the best in the country in 2008 and it returned the Defensive MVP from the 2008 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
The 'it' was the Mountaineer defense and it's play thus far have many wondering if the old gold and blue will be able to overcome its inconsistent play.
Offensively, the play of senior quarterback Jarrett Brown and junior running back Noel Devine has been enough to allow Mountaineer fans to slowly overcome the loss of No. 5 (Patrick White).
But, turnovers, costly penalties and horrendous kick coverage compounded the difficulties of a defense which had enough problems of its own to come up with a big play to get itself off the artificial turf at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Colorado senior quarterback Cody Hawkins seemed to have all the time he needed to pick apart a Mountaineer secondary which came up with some picks, but also allowed more than enough completions to keep the visitors in the game.
The unit was tested early and often over the first 30 minutes of action as the Buffaloes took the opening kickoff and drove to the WVU 23 before coming away with no points on an Aric Goodman missed 40-yard field goal.
From that point until the intermission, however, it was the Mountaineer offense which was its defense's own worst enemy as a trio of fumbles kept the visitors in the game.
Even when it did come up with a turnover of its own on a J.T. Thomas pick at the WVU 40, it returned it to its Big 12 opponent when Thomas coughed up the football at the CU 46.
The bizarre play was made even more difficult to understand when the offense which came into the game as the country's No. 10 unit made its two scoring drives appear as if it was taking a walk in the park.
West Virginia's offense continued to give its best Jekyll and Hyde impersonation over the final 30 minutes, taking the opening kickoff and marching 75 yards in only five plays for its third touchdown of the game and then losing more yards than it gained over the remaining 13 minutes of the frame.
At least it was 15 minutes of action which didn't see the unit cough the ball up.
But, what should have been a blowout win in front of a national audience began to appear more and more like it was going to come down to which offense had the ball last.
No one wants to read, and no sportswriter enjoys writing, a bunch of negatives following a win. But, WVU's 35-24 victory still leaves one with as many unanswered questions as it does answered ones and it appears more and more likely that we won't be seeing those resolved until much later in the season.
For the time being Mountaineer fans can rejoice over a 3-1 start and an offense which has shown the ability to score from anywhere on the field at any time.
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