MORGANTOWN - There came a point during West Virginia's 43-16 win over Connecticut Saturday afternoon when Dana Holgorsen had seen enough from his offense.
On the Mountaineers' first seven possessions, five would end in three punts, a turnover and a failed fourth-down conversion. Yes, there was a touchdown, but that came on a short field (45 yards). There was a field goal, too, but this offense isn't about field goals.
At one point, Holgorsen left his front-row view of the field and walked back to where his offense was gathered on a bench. And he let them have it.
"That's Coach Holgorsen to the max. That's the way he handles things,'' quarterback Geno Smith said. "He's on those Red Bulls. He's hyped up. He's that kind of coach and that's what we love about him.
"He's a straight-forward guy. He's not going to shoot you any crap. He's going to make sure you know exactly what he wants you to do. He's going to get his point across, and that's what he did.''
It didn't happen immediately, of course. It seldom does. In fact, it took a defensive play - Jewone Snow's 83-yard fumble return - to ignite the offense more than anything Holgorsen said or did.
Still, Holgorsen's point was well taken by the offense. It was pretty much the same one he always makes:
Don't try so daggone hard. Just play and let it happen.
"When we try to do too much we make uncharacteristic mistakes - we have penalties, turnovers, I make bad reads or bad throws just because I want to make a play,'' Smith said. "But when we just go out and have fun and play the game and do what we're supposed to do and what we're coached to do, the offense is dynamic. We can strike on anyone at any time.''
Midway through the season - and now with an off week to regroup - that West Virginia offense has managed to strike on every team it has played. When the No. 13 Mountaineers got going Saturday against UConn, the result was four touchdowns and a field goal in a six-possession span. A game that was a 10-9 nail-biter was suddenly a 43-9 blowout.
It all happened in 14 minutes, or less than a quarter, and it was all done in almost workmanlike fashion. Yes, there were big plays - like Stedman Bailey's 84-yard touchdown reception - but for the most part it was accomplished by simply running the offense and letting things happen.
Letting them happen, rather than trying to force them to happen, is the key.