What happened to West Virginia?
It's a question West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen didn't particularly want to answer after his team's 38-14 loss to Syracuse in Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl.
But as the curtain closed, amid a raging snowstorm, on a fruitless 7-6 season that no one could've foreseen, it's one that begged to be asked.
What the heck happened to the Mountaineers?
See, it wasn't really that long ago, Oct. 6 to be exact, that West Virginia left Austin, Texas, 5-0 following a 48-45 win over the then-No. 11 Longhorns. And when the Mountaineers strolled into Lubbock the following week to play Texas Tech, they were the darlings of college football and the No. 5 team in the country, with some giving them a shot at a BCS title run with enough help from teams at the top.
Led by an offense that hadn't been stopped and a quarterback who couldn't even really be slowed down -- senior Geno Smith had thrown for 1,996 yards, 24 touchdowns and no interceptions with an 81-percent completion rate to that point
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