"We were [winless] at home going into [the Kansas] game, it was the coldest weather conditions for a game in the history of this program - and that's a lot of football being played in a northern state - and there were a lot of fans there and they were into the football game,'' Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. "It was uplifting. It was exciting.''
Whether West Virginia gets that kind of support at the end of a disappointing season remains to be seen. Holgorsen, though, isn't expecting anything but a great effort by his team in support of those 14 departing seniors.
It is a group that was largely recruited when Bill Stewart was the coach and the team was in the Big East. Over just the past four years they have endured a complete change in the coaching staff and the conference in which they play.
"There are 14 guys leaving us this year and I appreciate them,'' Holgorsen said. "They're a collection of guys that have been through a lot of adversity. They've been through coaching changes and conference changes and I appreciate everything they've gone through. I'm proud of how they're doing academically. They've all gotten their degree or are getting close to it.
"Our job as coaches and players is to go out and put our best foot forward. This year is different because there's not a bowl game, so this is the last week we will spend together. We have to make it count.''
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