The biggest reason for frustration? WVU has the players to be better. Dawson and Holgorsen have spoke of youth, immaturity and even a lack of confidence. But the team has enough talent to be better.
"Physically we definitely have the players," Dawson said. "There's no doubt about that. Physically we do, or it wouldn't be so frustrating."
"We need to get more consistent at everything we do," said WVU offensive line coach Ron Crook. "We'd play good at times [on Saturday]. Then we'd go three [plays]-and-out. You can't do that and be a championship team."
No one expects this version of the Mountaineers to be a championship team. But if ever it could make hay while rebuilding in the Big 12, this could be the year.
Entering Saturday's action your league power rankings had to have Oklahoma State, Baylor and Oklahoma, in some order, as the top three, with Texas Tech close behind. Tech, of course, defeated ranked TCU, which now has two losses. (The other was to LSU.)
After those four, Texas, TCU and West Virginia had to make up the next tier before the Kansases and Iowa State.
That's not exactly daunting.
If Holgorsen gets his offense to somewhat resemble those of his past ...
"I looked for us to just execute more than anything," he said of Saturday's hopes. "To be vague, I wanted to get better on all three sides. We wanted to get a bunch of snaps and execute better than we have."
WVU had a bunch of snaps: 83 to Georgia State's 51. The Panthers wore down in the fourth quarter.
Until then, though, the upstarts sparred well with the Mountaineers.
They sparred well against a team better than that.
There was a bit of news about one of West Virginia's 2014 football commitments on Friday.
Stone Wolfley, son of ex-Mountaineer lineman Dale, had a nice game for Morgantown High on Friday against Parkersburg South.
The younger Wolfley had been strong at defensive end for the Mohigans, but relatively quiet at tight end. Until Friday. The 6-foot-4, 237-pound senior caught six passes, including a one-hander, from MHS quarterback Ethan Goldcamp for 113 yards and two touchdowns in playing just over a half.
It won't be long until the Wolfley name is back on Mountaineer Field.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.