"Obviously, us being able to run the ball puts us in a better spot when it comes to play action,'' Holgorsen said.
The question is, can West Virginia run the ball against Maryland? Georgia State committed to stopping the run and at times did so. That's when Childress hurt them with play action.
"When teams do that, we have to have the ability to be able to go over the top,'' Holgorsen said. "Ford did a good job of selling that and then putting the ball out there to where we could take advantage of it.
"I would assume Maryland's going to do the same thing. They're a little better up front and they do a good job stopping the run. Whether they have to get their safeties involved, I don't know. I hope they do because we need to be able to run the ball, and then once we do that we need to be able to play-action it and have guys be able to go downfield and make plays downfield.''
West Virginia has run the ball 110 times this season. The Mountaineers have thrown it 109 times.
That's about as balanced as a team can be, but it's far more balanced than Holgorsen offenses have ever been.
That's not to say that Holgorsen's teams have never run the football. They have. His offenses are usually at their best when they are able to do that.
"If we had this rushing attack last year in the hard part of our schedule in the middle of the year, it probably would have turned out a little bit different,'' Holgorsen said.
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