"It was frustrating [to watch], especially if you're the type of person who felt you could change that,'' said Alston, who obviously felt he could. "We did a good job or trying to run the ball, but we've got a lot of young guys back there. We can't use that as an excuse, but we're going to get better as games go on. We're going to be able to run better.''
On Saturday, Alston's first two carries were on third-and-2 and second-and-2. He gained 7 yards the first time and six the second. He would also convert a second-and-1 with a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter.
But he was also given the ball on a fourth-and-3 try late in the first half and gained just two yards. On a third-and-3 in the third quarter he gained 1. And on a first-and-goal at the 3 in the fourth quarter he lost a yard.
"I don't know if it changed [the running game], but I attempted to change it,'' Alston said.
And, indeed, that's really all Holgorsen is looking for. He doesn't need a big running threat, but he does need some running threat.
"Again, it's all about making [defenses] defend both the pass and the run,'' Holgorsen said. "We can't be one-dimensional.''
BRIEFLY: West Virginia's publicity department issued a statement from Holgorsen Sunday on how nice it was for the fans to have the ESPN GameDay crew in town for the LSU game. But he's trying not to make any of this a big deal.
"I told them in [the locker room], 'Next week's a big game because it's the next game,'" Holgorsen said Saturday. "It's not about anything other than that.''
"I'm not smart enough to work a week ahead,'' he said. "Thursday night I reluctantly watched a little bit of [LSU's 19-6 win over Mississippi State], more as a spectator than as a coach.''
"I hope our offense isn't going to be judged on what happens [against LSU],'' he said. "They're really, really good on defense.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.