"The key is understanding that you have to play run and pass,'' Patterson said. "They run a lot of plays. The best way is them not having the ball to score. Keeping them off the field is the easiest way against that offense.''
Ford Childress hasn't missed a game yet this season for West Virginia.
Yes, he's played in just two, but he's either been in uniform for all the others or traveled just to be there, as he did last week at Kansas State.
Generally, if a coach has no immediate plans for a player, he doesn't bother adding him to the restricted travel roster. Childress' presence at road games, even when he watches from the sidelines in sweats, almost certainly means Holgorsen has plans for the redshirt freshman quarterback this season.
Now it's a matter of seeing if Childress' torn pectoral muscle mends sufficiently to allow him to play.
It's possible,'' Holgorsen said.
Childress, who started the third and fourth games of the season, was injured against Maryland and hasn't played since. He practiced a few weeks after suffering the injury, but did so too hard and too soon and merely aggravated it. He's been shut down now for about three weeks and the plan is to have him begin throwing softly and work his way back.
And if he does prove capable of playing?
"In my opinion he didn't do anything to lose the starting job,'' Holgorsen said. "He's going to have the opportunity to come back and we'll have to evaluate him in practice. It has to be worth putting him out there.
"We have three games, then an off week, then five weeks from now we will be playing our last regular-season game. So we'll see how it progresses. It might be next week, but I don't know.''
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