"Offensively we're going to keep playing and getting better," he said. "If that means changing, we'll keep on changing."
There were many impressive aspects to the WVU game. Early on, WVU's offensive line was getting whipped. Yet it seemed to wear on the Cowboys' defensive front a bit.
West Virginia's defensive front was perhaps the team's most impressive aspect. WVU assistant coach Erik Slaughter rotated Will Clarke, Shaq Rowell and Kyle Rose with Eric Kinsey, Dontrill Hyman and Noble Nwachukwu. There was only one sack of OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh, but there was pressure all day. WVU had nine tackles for loss. There were three official hurries.
That translated into 10 pass breakups. Ten, for a unit that last year was flunked Pass Defense 101 like no other. There were two interceptions, including the Darwin Cook clincher.
The only bruise on WVU's effort was in the area of special teams. ("On special teams we have issues," Holgorsen said.) The name of special teams coach Joe DeForest, also in the spotlight because of Sports Illustrated charges, was batted around like a cat toy, especially after punt returner Jordan Thompson caught a punt on the WVU 3. Yes, the WVU 3.
Here's the thing though: Thompson came back after that with an impressive catch of a ball zipped from Trickett. It went for 17 yards on a third-and-7 to the OSU 14.
The way Thompson persevered symbolized WVU's win. Did WVU's offense resemble the days when Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey were in Puskar Stadium clicking? No. Were the Mountaineer special teams special? No.
But on Saturday, WVU could hang its proverbial hat on a defense that allowed 322 passing yards, but on just 20-of-47 Walsh passing. It held the Cowboys to 111 rushing yards on 40 attempts, a 2.8 average.
"Obviously, they are playing much better [defense]," said OSU coach Mike Gundy. "They are more gap responsible. They are running to the football. They are better tacklers than last year."
It's a change. It's a change after a change of defensive coordinators. It's a change among many for WVU.
Look out you rock-and-rollers.
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