He spelled out what the Huskies were throwing at the WVU offense.
"They rushed a lot more than we thought," Garrison said. "We knew they'd play the run, but they played it a lot. Coach Holgorsen noticed it and started running play action and stuff like that, throwing the ball deep."
There were also defensive adjustments, although Casteel has been limited somewhat as he rebuilds from last year's unit.
"Not as [many adjustments] as what you might think," said the defensive coordinator of Saturday's effort. "[UConn] came out, though, and did some things our kids hadn't seen. And, with young kids, sometimes it takes a while for them to understand what's happening. It was good to see the kids did adjust. We were able to do a little bit more with them today than in the previous four or five games."
Like create a game-changing turnover in the third quarter when cornerback Pat Miller jarred the ball from Husky quarterback Johnny McEntee and linebacker Jewone Snow returned it 83 yards before running out of gas at the UConn 12. ("He should of lateraled that ball, you know?" Casteel said with a grin.)
"The quarterback came out on my side," Miller said. "I saw him running and just went and hit him. He was spinning, so I caught him on the back side. The ball just popped up in the air and Snow recovered the fumble. I didn't see the ball at all. I just saw a bunch of West Virginia players running."
Snow might have run out of gas, but a flame was created. That's something else this WVU team seems to do well: find and sustain momentum.
Holgorsen, by the way, jests his halftime speeches aren't for the feint-hearted, but these Mountaineers don't seem to panic. It's served them well when one checks the scoreboard at the end of games.
"We know what we have to do," said receiver Ivan McCartney. "It just has to click faster. There's no yelling. None of that. [At halftime] it's everybody lifting everybody up. Letting each other know we have each other, that we can do this."
All, it seems, have different takes on the slow starts and what ignites the fast finishes.
"Momentum," said McCartney. "When Jewone Snow got the [fumble recovery], that set the sideline off. Then we were ready."
"It's all about how we take the field," Miller offered.
My take: It's all about the talent taking the field. WVU has more of it than any team on its schedule - with the exception of LSU, which is now in the rear-view mirror. And I'll take an edge in talent, smart coaches and a dash of momentum every day on any field.
On Saturday, we saw it all on Mike's field.
I imagine very much to his delight.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.