But again, Holgorsen isn't going to get carried away trying to fix a bunch of things that might not be broken. It would probably be wise to trust that the Geno Smith who threw 38 incompletions in five games is far more likely to show up Saturday night than the one that threw 26 against Texas Tech alone.
Aside from that, it comes down to just correcting what went wrong on one afternoon.
"It probably started with an inability to run ball,'' Holgorsen said. "We didn't do a very good job of finishing blocks early in the game and we didn't make anybody miss at the running back spot. But that wasn't the only problem.
"We just never got into a rhythm. Tech does a good job defensively. They have against everybody they're played. They're disruptive. And when we went out there and fell behind, I think our guys weren't mentally tough enough to handle another shootout. And I think that affected their performance.''
Toss in the obvious, which was that Smith wasn't hitting his receivers like he had the first five games, and it was all one big mess.
"It was a combination of a lot of things,'' Holgorsen said.
None of which are insurmountable. In fact, none of them were even all that unusual. The running game has stalled before. Smith has thrown his bad passes. The Mountaineers have fallen into a hole on the scoreboard. They have played in hostile environments. And they have overcome it all.
They couldn't do it Saturday when it all happened at once, though, and you get the distinct impression that Holgorsen was disappointed big time that his team - particularly his offense - pretty much folded the tent and gave up.
Now that, of course, needs work. But the offense itself does not.
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