In his two years at Houston, Holgorsen did not have two 1,000-yard rushers. In 2008, Bryce Beall did run for 1,247 yards with 13 touchdowns. In 2009, Charles Sims led the team with 698 rushing yards, but added 759 yards receiving. Also, Beall had 670 yards rushing. So give the coach a mulligan for lumping it all together.
In 2010, Kendall Hunter rushed for 1,548 yards and 16 touchdowns at Oklahoma State before moving to the roster of the San Francisco 49ers for the last three years.
Buie was WVU's rushing leader last season with 851 net yards. (Austin, in case you're wondering, had 643.) Garrison led the team in 2011 with 742 yards.
If you want to crunch numbers, the leading rusher for Holgorsen offenses since 2005 (when Taurean Henderson had 872 for Texas Tech) averages 915.4 yards.
That has fluctuated from Hunter's 1,548 yards to the 439 put up by Shannon Woods for Tech in 2007.
More fun facts while you crumple up your NCAA brackets?
Since 2005, Holgorsen's offense have rolled up 52,783 total yards. That's an average of 6,597.9 per season. (WVU had 6,104 in 2012.)
Of the 52,783 offensive yards, 13,058 have been recorded via the run. So, on average, Holgorsen teams run the ball for 24.7 percent of their offense.
What's fascinating is the rise, unsteady though it may be, in that percentage over the years. Apparently we do get more conservative as we age.
At Texas Tech, Holgorsen offenses ran the ball as little as 11.4 percent in 2007 to as high as 21 percent in 2005. At Houston, the Cougars ran the ball 28.6 and 23 percent of the time.
At Oklahoma State, the percentage went to 33.5 percent. At WVU, it was 26.1 in 2011 and up to 34.2 this past season.
So maybe it is a good time to be the Mountaineer running back.
At least within the Air Raid offense.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.