Blocking issues plague No. 19 West Virginia

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s inability to run the ball and sustain many drives in its season opener boiled down to one big problem — blocking.

Coach Dana Holgorsen spread the blame for a battalion of missed assignments among the offensive linemen, running backs and wide receivers. It’s something he hopes to have worked out when No. 19 West Virginia (1-0) meets Norfolk State (1-0) on Saturday.

While West Virginia’s passing game thrived last week against Marshall, the Mountaineers were limited to 42 rushing yards on 26 carries in the 34-13, lightning-shortened win, their lowest yardage total in a decade.

The Mountaineers will work out the kinks against Norfolk State of the Championship Subdivision before tough tests next week at Maryland and on Sept. 24 at home against No. 2 LSU.