The opponent was a very Norfolk State-like Northwestern State.
"That's what we're striving for here,'' Holgorsen said. "It's not a one-time or one-game thing. The mark of a good program and a competitive program is to have it like that every time you line up. I'm more worried about getting it like that than I am taking a deep breath and looking around and going, 'Ooo, this is great.' That needs to happen all the time.''
Still, if it's going to happen only occasionally at West Virginia -- which drew just 51,911 for that Norfolk State game on a perfect afternoon -- Saturday night's 8 p.m., ABC-televised game is a good spot.
And Holgorsen figures it can't hurt, even if for the most part he tries to convince his players to ignore their surroundings.
"Yeah, I think it can make a difference,'' he said. "Last week I thought was a pretty good atmosphere (at Maryland, where the crowd of 53,627 was announced as the fifth-largest in school history). Before the game I kind of looked around. And then when I got out on the field I didn't look around anymore. And we're kind of trying to get our players to do the same thing.
"You have to focus on what's happening right here. But you could tell there was a bunch of people there and the atmosphere was good. Our first game against Marshall you could see it. The Mantrip was good and there was a lot of excitement and a lot of people. Everybody enjoyed that.''
And, too, Holgorsen admits the atmosphere can help. But rather than getting a boost before the game and then not again, he would prefer the excitement level remained throughout.
"(The Marshall game) was a sellout and there were a lot of people there,'' he said. "We're looking for that for four quarters and if we need to create some energy from what's happening around us, then I think it will be possible to do.
"It's all about the event. It will be a good event, which will be good for everyone involved.''