The rushing game came alive.
"It's big," Holgorsen said. "Last week, against LSU, we did a pretty good job of it. We have to get [the opposition] to play honest."
More than anything, however, it provided a spark WVU needed heading into the aforementioned Big East play, which begins next week at Puskar Stadium against Connecticut. It provided a head rush, if you will. The Mountaineer offensive line had pass-protected well against LSU, but Garrison's headway had to help lift the line's confidence.
"We addressed finishing blocks after the first two series," Holgorsen said. "After that, they did."
Quarterback Geno Smith wasn't at his sharpest, but still threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns. The trio of receivers - Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Ivan McCartney - exploited the Bowling Green secondary.
"When you can run the ball," Holgorsen said, "they put more people in the box. You get one-on-one matchups on the outside."
Defensively, WVU held the Falcons to 10 points and 5-of-15 third-down conversions.
"We clearly played solid there," said the coach, "other than the first two series."
"We played OK," said first-time starter Jewone Snow, a linebacker. "But we've got to keep getting better with Big East play coming up. Got to keep getting better and better."
On Saturday night, though, WVU's players and coaches could sleep knowing their jobs were well accomplished.
The Mountaineers looked like a team worthy of being in the Top 25.
More than that, though, they looked like a Holgorsen team. Or, at least, a Holgorsen offense. His prolific offenses at places like Oklahoma State, Houston and Texas Tech had nothing on Saturday's WVU performance. Fifty-five points. A pretty sight for poll voter eyes.
And Holgorsen knew. He agreed it was the most satisfying performance since hitting Morgantown.
"Yeah, without a doubt," he said. "It's a work in progress. A lot of people get aggravated to keep hearing that, but it just takes snaps. Five games into it, we're happy with where we're at."
We now return you to your regularly scheduled conference realignment news.
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