Any looseness was long gone. That included the coaches on the sideline, including Holgorsen, who has never been one to take bad breaks or misfortune lightly.
That, he said, has to change.
"I need to change my mentality if I want them to change their mentality,'' Holgorsen said. "So I'm going to expect good things to happen. I'm going to get excited about going to practice. I'm going to get excited about going out there and not worrying about calling the perfect play. If you sit there and you worry about calling the perfect play then you're going to call a bad one.
"That mentality needs to go away. We need to relax and we need to get out there and we need to expect good things to happen.''
Of course, it would help if good things did happen. Relaxed or not, West Virginia's offense has continually shown flaws almost universally. The line has had trouble protecting and run blocking, two different quarterbacks have failed to add a spark and skill-position players have been responsible for 12 turnovers, half of them last week against Maryland.
But Holgorsen maintains it's not as bad as it seems.
"I've watched that film probably eight times since I got back Saturday night,'' Holgorsen said. "There's some things that resemble football.
"Our guys are trying. We have quality running backs. We have experience on the O-line. We have receivers that can run and catch. We have guys that can do it. They're trying. If we get just a little bit better and we can gain some confidence, then maybe it'll steamroll and we can start scoring some points and win some games. You've got to believe it's going to happen. If you don't believe it's going to happen, it's not going to happen.''
Perhaps the most encouraging thing, though, was that despite all that happened, Holgorsen said his team didn't give up, which would have been easy to do.
"If I'm sitting here in front of you saying they quit, we're not getting the effort that we want, that we have attitude problems, none of that's existing,'' Holgorsen said. "So I'm comfortable sitting here saying that whatever we're missing, I think we're about that close to being a damn good football team. But right now we're missing it. And I've got to find it.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.