"(Last week) we had to jump-start them earlier in the week just because of the emotional week we had before and coming off a loss. And the thing I was proud of more than anything else was that throughout the week they got more excited to play as the game got closer.''
Truth be told, for the next two games motivation should be made a bit easier thanks to history. In UConn and Syracuse, the Mountaineers face the two teams that beat West Virginia a year ago and kept them out of a BCS bowl.
WVU was favored to win both games. The Mountaineers, in fact, should have won both games, and would have but for enough turnovers (seven) to last a month.
"Without having to use a bunch of motivational tactics this week, our guys realize that the game last year against UConn didn't end up the way that they wanted it to,'' Holgorsen said. "I spent two hours on Sunday watching that game and how it went last year. It was a tight game; turnovers were the difference.
"They've got a whole bunch of people coming back that were in that game and were able to go on to a BCS game. Our guys wanted that to happen to them last year and it didn't, so I think that's going to provide a little motivation for us to get in a good week of work.''
When it comes to motivation and preparation, though, there is another point to consider. West Virginia's football season stretches over three months, from early September to early December. After that is at least another few weeks to a month before a bowl game.
In other words, there is something to be said for maintaining an even keel, not only from a motivational standpoint, but from one of improvement, as well.
"Just get better,'' Holgorsen said. "We don't want to hit our peak right now. In order to win a championship you have to get better every week. So you take the stuff you did well and build on it. It can be the same things from game to game, but you take what happened yesterday and try to build on it and change it and then refocus on the task at hand, which is Connecticut.''