The one Holliday didn't mention: South Alabama's 22-21 loss to Southern Utah. What he did mention: "As you know there are a couple of I-AA [FCS] teams that went into some people's stadiums, that are supposedly pretty good teams, and barely got out of there without winning."
He may have been making a veiled reference to alma mater West Virginia, which suffered a near-disaster against William & Mary. But that's not the important thing - the task at hand for the Herd is beating Gardner-Webb.
The Big South school based in Boiling Springs, N.C., does have an FBS pelt in its history. That came on Sept. 11, 2010, a 38-37 overtime victory at Akron. Perhaps more impressive was a 10-7 loss at Georgia Tech, in which the Runnin' Bulldogs held the Yellow Jackets to 199 total yards - and missed a tie by having a field goal blocked in the closing seconds.
Another example for the Herd to heed.
"The message to our football team is you'd better be prepared to go play [or] you're going to get beat."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5140, dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.