"It's all elementary stuff, so we worked on it,'' Holgorsen said. "We put them in those positions, and we worked on it. Was it frustrating? Yes. Should we have to work on that? Yes, I guess we did. We kind of took some of that stuff for granted, which I take the responsibility for that.''
Having to answer many questions on internal issues rather than focusing on the opponent has become commonplace for a team that's fighting for bowl eligibility after starting the season 5-0.
Holgorsen said the Mountaineers remain frustrated yet motivated to rescue the season.
"You start to lean on some of your seniors at this point to finish the year strong,'' Holgorsen said. "When you start getting a couple of losses on top of each other, then that challenge becomes a little bit greater.''
West Virginia's morale took another hit when backup wide receiver Ivan McCartney left the team this week, following last week's departure of backup wide receiver Travares Copeland.
"The guys that are here are guys that want to be here,'' Buie said. "We just need to keep pushing and keep going forward. We're not quitters.''
It might take a near-perfect game on special teams - and elsewhere - to topple an Oklahoma team that can move into position for a possible Bowl Championship Series bowl berth with wins in its final three games.
"It's a huge opportunity,'' said West Virginia wide receiver and kick returner Stedman Bailey. "We've got some opportunities to let the world know we're still here. We just want to try to take advantage of everything we can this weekend, and just get it done.''