"Our success running the ball has a lot to do with our offensive line coming off the ball. That's why I made [guards] Mark Glowinski and Quinton Spain our players of the week. We were pulling those guys a lot and they were pretty physical.''
The offensive line play was only half of it, though. West Virginia's defensive line helped hold TCU to just 60 yards rushing. While the Horned Frogs managed to throw for almost 400 yards, the pass rush didn't make it easy on battered quarterback Casey Pachall.
"Defensively we hit the quarterback 21 times and they averaged 2 yards a rush,'' Holgorsen said. "I think we won the battle up front on both sides of the ball, which is a winning performance.''
Winning the line battles - at least both of them - has been rare for West Virginia, both in the Holgorsen era and before. West Virginia's offensive line play hasn't been consistently good for years, in great part because of changes in offensive style going all the way back to Rich Rodriguez. His lines were generally more mobile and trained to zone block for guys like Pat White and Steve Slaton and seldom to pass block or run power football.
Beginning with Bill Stewart and then into the Holgorsen era, those linemen have been asked to do more traditional blocking and it has been a struggle both teaching and recruiting, thus the difficulties.
If West Virginia is to succeed offensively in the Big 12 it has to continue to improve. Take Texas, for instance. Holgorsen refers to them as easily the most physical team the Mountaineers have played this season, so matching that up front will be important.
"Obviously it's something that we're focused on,'' Holgorsen said. "I was happy that it happened. I think everybody understands that we don't have the skill guys right now to dominate games like you have seen.''
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