Holgorsen wasn't going to harp on it, especially after a 45-point win, but West Virginia's special teams again had their awkward moments.
Bowling Green's Boo Boo Gates returned the opening kickoff 30 yards before fumbling after being hit by Eain Smith. But then he ran the next kickoff back 77 yards to set up a Bowling Green touchdown to help take that early 10-0 lead.
And punter Corey Smith, a week after a wildly inconsistent game against LSU, had just one chance to punt against the Falcons. He shanked it out of bounds for 14 yards, just as he had done with his first punt a week earlier.
Still, Holgorsen wasn't complaining right away.
"Special teams-wise, we were pretty solid after the first three or four snaps,'' he said.
During parts of the game, especially in the second half, Quinton Spain got another chance to prove what he could do. Only days after Holgorsen accused him of being "lazy'' and not playing to his potential, he was inserted at left guard for long stretches. When Spain, who is also the backup at right tackle, played left guard, the regular there, Jeff Braun, moved to right guard and alternated series with starting right guard Tyler Rader.
The crowd on a miserable weather day was just 46,603. That's the smallest at Mountaineer Field since 35,942 saw West Virginia beat Temple on a cold, snowy day in 2003.
Not that it would have made a great difference, but Bowling Green could have helped itself twice and dropped sure-fire touchdown passes. Ray Hutson dropped one in the wide open at the 5-yard line in the fourth quarter and Alex Bayer dropped a first-quarter pass in the end zone (on a trick play) when the ball floated long enough to allow Tandy to recover and smash into him just as the ball got there.
The Mountaineers open Big East play Saturday at home against Connecticut (2-3), which lost 38-31 at home to Western Michigan. UConn's only wins this year are against Fordham and Buffalo and on Saturday the Huskies gave up 479 passing yards.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.