"It falls on me,'' Holgorsen said. "We'll look at it and figure out what we've got to do to get better offensively. What we've done the last three weeks is total unacceptable offensively.''
No one was around more key plays than freshman safety Karl Joseph. Unfortunately, that worked both ways.
Joseph was credited with eight solo tackles, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. But he was also at the back end of a defense that gave up two wide-open touchdowns to TCU receiver Josh Boyce - 31 yards in the second quarter and 94 in the fourth. It may or may not have been his responsibility to pick up receivers who ran past Brodrick Jenkins (on the 31-yarder) and Ishmael Banks (the 94-yarder), but he was the one left chasing both.
Overtimes have not been good to WVU lately. Saturday's was the fourth loss in the last five overtime games, along with Connecticut in 2010 and Cincinnati and Colorado in 2008. The only win in that stretch was at Marshall in 2010. West Virginia is now 5-5 all-time in OTs.
Smith passed the 10,000-yard passing mark for his career. He now has 10,134. He also pushed his total offense to 10,409, which means he should get the 121 he needs to pass Pat White's school record next week at Oklahoma State.
Bitancurt is now fourth on the school's all-time scoring list with 310 points and should soon be No. 2, passing Paul Woodside (323) and Steve Slaton (330). He would need to average about 15 points over four more regular-season games and, if the team is eligible, a bowl game in order to pass Pat McAfee's record of 384 points.
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