Defense struggles, shows inconsistency in season opener

Alabama’s defense wasn’t at its best against West Virginia. Between the miscues of the secondary and the defensive line, the Crimson Tide didn’t look like a team that only gave up 28 net yards rushing.

It did look like a defense that gave up 365 yards receiving.

“We just have to get familiar with the game plan, and we just missed on some of the personal packages, but we got the win, so that is all that matters,” junior defensive back Landon Collins said. “We had a game plan coming in, and it didn’t quite work, but in the second half we settled down.”

The Mountaineers’ senior wide receiver Kevin White had a career-high day against Alabama. Since he transferred to West Virginia in January 2013, his high was 130 yards on seven receptions against Baylor last season.

He passed that mark with a 143-yard performance off nine catches Saturday. He had a long 29-yard reception on the first drive of the game and one touchdown.

Alabama had no answer in junior cornerback Bradley Sylve against White.

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