The question is, can Holgorsen turn an offense that ran the ball 44 times on Saturday and passed 27 times into a Big 12 winner? Can it even come close to winning this coming week at Oklahoma?
After the William & Mary game, Holgorsen admitted his team has a run-oriented makeup.
"Yeah," he said. "We threw 27 passes. I don't care as long as we win. We have to figure out what we do well."
Behind Millard, WVU had little tempo until the beginning of the second half. It was without big plays, save for a 69-yard bomb to Ronald Carswell.
"I was disappointed we didn't get loose," Holgorsen said. "We ran the ball probably more than at any time in my coaching career. But I felt it was right thing to do."
At game's end, one could tell Holgorsen was almost afraid to call a pass. There were some tipped throws. There was a K.J. Myers fumble after a catch, although Daikiel Shorts recovered it.
"I was a little uneasy at quarterback, as you guys could probably sense and tell," Holgorsen told the media afterward.
Yep. One just wonders if there's any way at all that can fly in the Big 12. Keep in mind Rodriguez grinded his WVU spread offense into a lethal rushing attack.
Assistant coach Tony Gibson smiled at the thought.
"Yeah," he said. "I didn't get to watch a lot of our offense today, but yeah."
While Charles Sims is impressive at tailback, though, there's no Pat White on the 2013 roster.
Defensively, the Mountaineers have improved, but ...
"Next week," Holgorsen said, "OU is going to have some guys who will make some plays. We've got lots of concerns. We'll look at the tape and go from there."
"We have to fix mistakes," said WVU safety-turned-corner Travis Bell.
The Mountaineers have to fix many aspects of their team. Or the victory formations will be few and far between this season.
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