"I thought we got better on all three sides of the ball, which is the overall goal of an opening football game,'' Holgorsen said. "I don't care too much about the score.
"Would I like to have scored more? Absolutely. Would we like to have not given up the big plays that allowed them to score points? Well, of course so. But there are things that happened that we'll be able to learn from.''
If it's true that a team improves most between the first and second games, well, that would be a plus for the Mountaineers.
"I was just excited about the guys that were able to get out there and make plays and show improvement,'' Holgorsen said. "And obviously we're going to have to show a tremendous amount of improvement on all three sides of the ball heading into Norman.''
West Virginia has lost a third defensive player for the season. Dozie Ezemma, a reserve linebacker, broke a leg in Saturday's win over William & Mary and is out for the season.
A senior who transferred after playing at Division II New Haven, Ezemma used his redshirt year after transferring, so unless he applies for a sixth year his college career is over.
West Virginia previously lost cornerback Nana Kyeremeh and linebacker Shaq Petteway for the season to injuries. All three would have been in the mix for playing time, but just as significantly were on several special teams.
Holgorsen also said Tuesday that junior college receiver Kevin White was still day-to-day.
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