"We just came out flat. We weren't ready to play,'' wide receiver Ivan McCartney said of the Connecticut game. "That's something we have to take care of.''
McCartney did, however, note that when West Virginia's offense gets going, it can demoralize opponents.
"Once we started to punch them in the mouth they got lazy. They didn't want to fight,'' McCartney said of UConn. "But it's been like that in all of the games we've won except Maryland. They didn't quit. Everybody else kind of laid down.''
Perhaps it was Holgorsen's comments about the small crowd for the Bowling Green game. Maybe it was the distinct difference in the weather - rain and temperatures in the 50s one week versus sunshine and 80s the next. Or perhaps it was the caliber of opponent.
More than likely it was a combination of all of those, but the crowd of 56,179 for UConn - an increase of almost 10,000 over the week before - put a smile on Holgorsen's face.
"It was a great environment. It's what we're after,'' Holgorsen said. "The kids hit the field and there was a lot of excitement. It's not for me, I can assure you that.
"It looks like everyone was having a heck of a time out there tailgating and enjoying the weather and enjoying a good product on the field. It was an exciting atmosphere and an exciting environment. I know the 12 recruits that were here had a heck of a time. It all ties in. If you missed it, it's a shame."
Some coaches like using an off week to get some extra work for young players who aren't much of a factor on the current squad but will be needed in coming years.
Holgorsen downplayed that aspect during WVU's off week because those young players are needed on the scout team.
"We do a little bit, but there's still not ample time to do that,'' he said. "Those young guys, for one, we're playing about six of them. Those young guys are so vital to our scout team look that we still use them for that.
"Their time is going to come. The majority of our time right now is to continue to get better at what we're doing in all three phases. It's more important for us offensively to keep timing in practice against specific looks. It's more important for our defense to practice against specific looks to where we can't give each other that. That's what our scout squad is for.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.