But Trickett and the entire offense just bombed over the final 20 minutes of that game, allowing Tech to rally from a 27-16 deficit to win 37-27. On WVU's last five possessions, the Mountaineers generated just one first down.
Still, Holgorsen looked at the bigger picture, namely the offense's performance in relation to earlier games, and was at least a bit encouraged.
"We made progress. I think everybody would agree with that,'' Holgorsen said, pointing out that Tech's defense included seven senior starters. "We made some things happen. We moved the ball, scored some points, got the ball in the end zone several times.''
The fourth quarter, he said, was an offensive nightmare, but the offense wasn't the only issue. The defense gave up 21 straight points and the special teams didn't make any positive plays.
"When the game was on the line, they did a much better job on all three sides of the ball of making plays when the game was on the line,'' Holgorsen said. "And you've got to give them credit for that.''
Still, after changing quarterbacks so often and seeing at least some measure of improvement, Holgorsen figures this isn't the time to begin another overhaul. Trickett's knowledge of the offense is improving, as is his communication with Holgorsen during games.
And, not to be overlooked, the junior transfer from Florida State is relatively healthy - or, as he said Saturday, "as healthy as I'm going to be.''
"He's healthy, so he'll be able to [practice] Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, which is the first time he's been able to do that for quite some time, to be able to take reps all week,'' Holgorsen said. "So we'll work him in with the majority of the reps and continue to try to get him better.''
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