"It's a struggle. I don't know,'' Holgorsen said of the issues his offense has faced of late. "It's all about blocking, obviously, and we do a very average job of that. And I think our confidence has taken a little bit of a hit the last three weeks.
"But give South Florida credit. They've got a good defense. Defensive line-wise, they spent a lot of time in our backfield. It really changes how I call things compared to the way I've done it in the past. But give our guys credit for hanging in there and no folding.''
Between now and that Jan. 4 Orange Bowl, Holgorsen has to try and put this thing back together. West Virginia's defense has improved as the season progressed - not steadily, but there were more good performances at the end than at the beginning. Specials teams are still erratic, but the really good plays now outnumber the really bad ones and that's a start.
It was supposed to be the offense that would help overcome all of those defensive and special teams issues, but lately it's been the other way around. No one thinks that's alarming because Holgorsen's track record is such that even if his offenses struggle, it's only momentary.
Still, there are problems that have to be addressed and even Holgorsen is probably glad to have a month to address them.
Take tempo, for instance, which is at the heart of the offense.
"When we [increased the tempo] and started going faster, we limited what they could do [as far as making defensive adjustments],'' Holgorsen said of the USF game. "But then the problem is if you're not getting yards and you three-and-out, you put your defense out there a lot. And we put our defense out there a lot in the second half.
"It's really risky to start [trying to play faster]. But that's what we should have been doing to get them to where they were kind of base.''
And so now for the next month, Holgorsen can slow things down and figure out how to speed them up and make it work.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.