MORGANTOWN - OK, so now Dana Holgorsen has one month to figure it out.
His West Virginia offense got better and better as the season wore on. Well, at least it did right up until the end.
After an eight-game stretch to start the season (excluding the shortened Marshall game) in which the Mountaineers averaged 512 yards and 39 points, over the final three games the numbers slid off to 375 yards and 25 points.
Guess what. Those are virtually the same numbers West Virginia averaged last season when the coaching staff was shown the door because of them. For the record, last year's 13-game averages were 372.7 yards and 25.2 points.
All right, so the drop-off this season didn't matter. West Virginia won each of those last three games to put itself in position to get the Orange Bowl berth against Clemson the team received Sunday night.
Then again, the Mountaineers sure didn't win any of those three games because of overpowering offensive numbers - 24 points (seven on a defensive touchdown) and 404 yards against Cincinnati, 21 points and 357 yards against Pitt, and 30 points (14 on non-offensive TDs) and 364 yards at South Florida.
And things hit rock bottom last Thursday in that 30-27 win over South Florida in Tampa. Not only did West Virginia fail to move the ball through more than three quarters of the game, the Mountaineers even turned it over and gave the Bulls points - 10 of them to be exact. The offense couldn't take advantage of a blocked punt that put the ball five yards away from the end zone.
It was ugly. And this offense is not supposed to be ugly.
Of course, when it counted the Mountaineers got the job done, driving for the tying touchdown and the winning field goal in the final nine minutes, right after Geno Smith had thrown that awful pick six that put his team down 27-20.
And, to his credit, Holgorsen was able to keep his sense of humor when asked how his offense could look so bad for 51 minutes and then come up so clutch in the last nine.
"Well, we threw that interception to get them to relax a little bit,'' Holgorsen deadpanned. "Once they pick-sixed us and went up by seven, we figured they would relax and we would be able to call some plays that worked.''