It certainly changed the outlook of UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni.
"The system they're in is obviously difficult enough to defend,'' Pasqualoni said. "And when you're able to run the ball like that it just makes it so much harder to defend.''
How West Virginia got to the point where an explosion like last week's was possible was due to a lot of different factors. Holgorsen has talked all season about the week-by-week improvement of the offensive line. Garrison finally emerged from a three-way battle among true freshmen at tailback. And Shawne Alston, who had 49 yards and two touchdowns against Bowling Green, is finally healthy and provides a big-back alternative.
Still, no one is feeling as if the running game has arrived. This week will provide an entirely new set of challenges in a UConn defense that is eighth in the country against the run.
"I'm never going to feel like we arrived anywhere,'' Holgorsen said. "That's not how we coach around here, and when you think you have figured things out, you'll get humbled pretty quickly.
"We're happy with the performance, but we've closed the book on Bowling Green and we're not going to ever revisit it. [This week is] all about Connecticut and what we have to do to schematically figure out how to be successful on all three sides of the ball.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.