Sims had season highs in rushes (24) and yards (154), had 189 all-purpose yards, scored two touchdowns and had a third nullified by a penalty in overtime. There were plenty of heroes to go around - including a defense that forced four turnovers and Josh Lambert with his three field goals, including the game-winner - but perhaps no one stood out more than Sims.
"He can handle about anything we do with him,'' Holgorsen said of 6-foot, 213-pound fifth-year senior who arrived this summer as a graduate transfer. "And we do a lot with him.''
The intent with Sims is always to use him in a variety of ways and as much as is practical. Sometimes that works out, sometimes not. Sims has had games this season in which he has all but disappeared, but almost never because he simply wasn't playing well. Sometimes the game plan overlooks him or one of his backups, Wendell Smallwood and Dreamius Smith, are on the field.
"I don't keep track of this [during games], but we try to rotate fresh bodies,'' Holgorsen said. "Wendell came in there a couple of times and gave us a spark. Dreamius, for whatever reason, hasn't been getting loose lately. He just has to keep plugging away.''
But the reality is that those two are second fiddles to Sims in the offense. Neither has his kind of versatility to be able to run, catch and line up anywhere in the backfield or at inside or outside receiver. Truth is, few players in the country have that kind of versatility, which is still what will make Sims a fairly valuable commodity in next spring's NFL draft.
When Sims is at his best - or perhaps when WVU asks him to play a big role - West Virginia's offense is likely to be at its best. It is probably no coincidence that in what rank by far as the Mountaineers' two best wins this season - Saturday's first road win in almost a year and an earlier win over Oklahoma State - Sims has come up huge. In the OSU game he had 18 carries for 60 yards, five receptions for 82 yards and scored a touchdown.
Stat of the day: In WVU's four wins this season, Sims is averaging 112.5 yards rushing, while in the five losses he's averaging 60.8 yards.
The soft-spoken, almost reticent Sims doesn't like to talk about anything, least of all himself. But others are quick to sing his praises, especially Holgorsen, who recruited and coached Sims originally at Houston in 2009.
"Charles is a special player. We all know that and we've been saying it since the day he arrived here,'' Holgorsen said. "He's a special player in the run game and he's a special player in the pass game. There are no other backs in the country that do as much as he does.''
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