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Kansas State vs. West Virginia 2012: Mountaineers react

For the second week in a row, the No. 13 West Virginia Mountaineers fell by a wide margin to a Big 12 foe. This week, WVU lost at home to the No. 4 Kansas State Wildcats, 55-14. The loss was due largely in part to an offensive performance by the Wildcats' Collin Klein, who had seven total touchdowns during the contest.

Mountaineers fans at The Smoking Musket, SB Nation's West Virginia Mountaineers community, feel that the WVU coaching staff has some tough decisions to make in the wake of the loss. In reaction to Mountaineers head football coach Dana Holgorsen saying that Kansas State was "the better team" yesterday, the fans were unsure about the season moving forward.

[We] don't know how many times Coach Holgorsen will have to say this in his career at WVU, but if we continue on this path his post-game comments will likely often include these sentences. Over the past two weeks, Mountaineer fans have experienced a crash that makes his daily comedown from 10 Red Bulls seem like nothing.

Regarding the poor defensive performances seen out of West Virginia during the month of October, West Virginia fans think immediate staff changes are in order:

This isn't the NFL, but I wouldn't be completely surprised if [Head coach Dana Holgorsen] ... made the move [to fire WVU defensive coordinator Joe DeForest] soon.

The Smoking Musket also points out that many of the postseason aspirations of this program, including Geno Smith's Heisman Trophy candidacy, a possible BCS bowl berth, and contention for Big 12 championship, are all but gone as a result of the past two weeks.

This loss will surely impact West Virginia's BCS ranking and could possibly drop them out of the top 25 altogether.

Next week, the Mountaineers host the TCU Horned Frogs. Game time for that contest is yet to be determined.

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