Because of all of that - the performance of the offense, the competitive nature of the game with Oklahoma, the chance to become bowl eligible - Holgorsen said he doesn't feel like motivation is an issue.
"I don't see that at this point,'' Holgorsen said. "Yes, there's a worry to that, but we're still playing for a lot. We have 22 [seniors] that have 12 days left in their college careers unless we win one of the two and extend it to a bowl game.''
Of course, whatever bowl West Virginia would end up going to would be nothing like what was envisioned two months ago when the Mountaineers were in the national championship and BCS bowl conversations. But for a college football program, there's really no such thing as a bad bowl. At this stage, Holgorsen just wants to be able to practice for another few weeks.
"Bowl games are rewards. You get to a level where a bowl game is much more than a reward, but we're not at that stage right now. We're at the stage where we're playing for the betterment of the program,'' Holgorsen said. "If we win a couple of games and get to a good bowl game, we get to practice for another month. That will help us out for the program.''
He wasn't even the most impressive offensive player on the field, of course, given Tavon Austin's 344 rushing yards and 572 all-purpose yards. But the unwritten rule is that the players of the week must come from winning teams.
Austin wasn't even WVU's offensive champion because for the fifth straight week none were chosen.
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