The Mountaineers have struggled running the ball. They haven't been able to defend either the pass (ranked No. 79 nationally in pass efficiency defense) or the run (No. 97, allowing an average of 196 rushing yards).
Where they have a shot against Kansas State is through the air. WVU has talent - although it needs to rise and shine - at the receiver positions. QB Clint Trickett will be going against a Wildcat defense that's allowing 224.3 yards per game through the air. It's No. 74 nationally in pass efficiency defense, while WVU is No. 56 in pass offense, averaging 246.6 yards.
"We executed better against Texas Tech," Holgorsen said. "I was extremely disappointed in how we finished, but we moved the ball better and got into a flow."
Holgorsen said left guard Quinton Spain and center Pat Eger were fine after suffering injuries against Tech, which should help.
The Mountaineer coach was also asked (amazingly) if Kansas State is better than its 2-4 record.
"They are," he said, "and we're better than our record."
We'll see. Kansas State, though, certainly offers an opportunity to improve on it.
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