MORGANTOWN - No matter where others tried to take the conversation late Saturday afternoon, Dana Holgorsen kept steering it back to the point he had hammered home all week long.
West Virginia had just completed a 24-21 win over No. 23 Cincinnati in rather improbable fashion. The Mountaineers had overcome yet another afternoon of special teams gaffes and penalties, of alternating offensive and defensive superlatives and meltdowns, to win by blocking a Bearcat field goal try on the last play of the game.
Yet Holgorsen was reluctant to talk about many of the specifics.
"This was a classic example of just trying to find a way to win,'' Holgorsen said. "Offensively we could have done it at the end and we didn't. The field goal unit could have knocked it through at the end and made it a six-point game, but we didn't. Defensively, at the end we could have caved in and let them score a touchdown, but we didn't.
"And then we blocked the field goal at the end. Find a way to win.''
Indeed, for only the second time in the last month, West Virginia found the way. And it was not a moment too soon.
In knocking off Cincinnati, which went into the game with at least a two-game lead in the loss column over every other school in the league, the Mountaineers did their part in making the final three weeks of the chase for the Big East championship at least interesting. Yes, Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1 Big East) still holds all the cards.
Win out against Rutgers and Syracuse on the road and Connecticut at home and UC walks off with the league's automatic berth in the BCS.
Ah, but if Cincinnati slips anywhere along the way - and given that starting quarterback Zach Collaros will likely miss all three of those games after suffering a broken ankle Saturday, a slip is quite possible - then WVU (7-3, 3-2) and nearly everyone else save for South Florida and Syracuse are right in the hunt. Pitt, Rutgers, Louisville and UConn each have two losses in the league.