Actually, Holgorsen thinks his team might be better prepared to handle the Longhorns. After all, the issue with Baylor was the Bears throwing for 581 yards. Texas isn't likely to even attempt to do that.
"We probably match up a little bit better against them,'' Holgorsen said, referring to Texas. "We played well defensively against the run. [Baylor] had over 40 attempts and we held them to right around 2 yards a carry [actually 2.6 yards per try on 45 carries]. We played well. We were physical up front. We were happy with the way they played, but we still have to develop a little bit of depth there.''
Still, the overwhelming concern for West Virginia this week is improving on defense no matter who the opponent is.
"What happened was very evident,'' Holgorsen said. "We got them in third down plays and we just didn't make plays in the secondary. Our pass defense was atrocious.
"But the good news, if you're trying to find a positive in it, is our run defense was really good. And Texas is obviously going to try and establish the run.''
Of course, the Texas ground game and the Baylor running attack are different animals. Baylor does it as a diversion almost. Texas has a roster full of five-star running backs - consider that freshman Johnathan Gray is a five-star recruit who scored more touchdowns than any high school player in history, and he's listed third on the depth chart behind two other five-star recruits - and is commited to the run.
"It's a different kind of run game,'' Holgorsen said. "They're going to use tight ends and fullbacks and we're going to have to adjust some of the things we're doing defensively to be able to match up with that. And then when they do put the ball in the air we just have to do a better job of making plays on the ball.''
All things considered, Holgorsen said he could feel worse about his defense. In fact, he felt better about it Sunday after watching tape than he did in the aftermath on Saturday.
"I felt a lot better about it Sunday than I did Saturday night,'' Holgorsen said. "We played pretty good defense probably 75 percent of the time. But when you just let receivers get open and make plays and bust coverage with a couple of freshmen and they get chunks of yardage, it's obviously disheartening.
"We just have to get better at it. We've got to continue improving up front and then either get new guys in the secondary that make plays or we've got to get those guys more confident to make the plays.''
This is the first of two straight trips to Texas for the Mountaineers. A week from Saturday, WVU plays Texas Tech in Lubbock, a game that was announced Monday as a 3:30 p.m. kickoff start on ABC.
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