In that opener, Millard completed 19 of 25 passes for 237 yards. He had a 69-yard scoring pass to a wide-open Ronald Carswell and didn't throw an interception.
But he was also careful, perhaps both by choice and direction. Holgorsen did not exactly open up the playbook against the Tribe, not necessarily because he didn't want to show things he didn't have to, but because with what amounted to rookie quarterbacks he didn't feel safe in doing so.
So the Mountaineers ran the ball 44 times and threw it just 27.
"They wanted us to run the ball,'' Millard said. "It was something we needed to do.''
Stoops knows that's likely to change this week. He saw both Millard and Trickett play and how basic the offense was. But he still says he respects the ability of both quarterbacks.
"I thought they both looked pretty good, but I'm guessing since Paul's been in their system they felt more comfortable with his experience,'' Stoops said. "They're both similar with throwing the ball. [Holgorsen is] not going to change offense regardless of who is in there.''
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