"Yeah, it does,'' Holgorsen said. "Confidence is a hard thing to build. And then when you have it shattered by Baylor - who is making a habit of doing it to a lot of people evidently - then it's hard to get it back.
"That's what we've got to do as coaches.''
If success breeds confidence, well, it would figure that Kansas State has no more than West Virginia. The Wildcats have lost three games in a row. They were beaten at home in the opener by an FCS school, North Dakota State. The only wins K-State has this season are against Louisiana-Lafayette and UMass.
There is, though, what would seem a significant difference between KSU and WVU in that the Wildcats have been competitive against everyone, including Baylor.
In fact, the last time Kansas State played -K-State was idle last week - it led Baylor 25-21 going into the fourth quarter. The Bears eventually won, but outgained the Wildcats by only a yard and led only by a field goal in the final two minutes.
In contrast, Baylor scored on 10 of its first 11 possessions against West Virginia, gained 864 yards and the game wasn't close after a 7-7 tie. Kansas State has been in every one of its losses in the fourth quarter, including the three straight Big 12 defeats to Texas, Oklahoma State and Baylor.
"They've clearly been in all three games and had a chance to win all three,'' Holgorsen said. "Ours last week, we just didn't make plays in the key situations. Some of that is just confidence and not having been there enough.''
Kansas State has been there, so how West Virginia responds if it finds itself in a close game as time ticks down could be the difference.
"When the game's on the line, it's an obvious high-pressure situation,'' Holgorsen said. "And we've got to do a better job of handling that high-pressure situation and making the plays to be able to win games.''
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