He partially blamed the defensive coaching staff. But one has to seriously wonder how any defense can stop offenses like that of WVU or Baylor. Just check the tape and see how wide the offenses played.
"It's a way of life versus those offenses," DeForest said. "You just have to make one more play. It's not acceptable, but that's the way it is."
Holgorsen said he's warned WVU fans.
"It's a very up-tempo league," he said. "We understand it's going to be a very up-tempo league. We have to get better defensively at playing at a high-tempo level."
Indeed. West Virginia's offense will need help along the way. The secondary was absolutely torched on Saturday - at home - to the tune of 581 yards. Unless there's marked improvement, WVU fans can put any national championship hopes on a shelf.
The Mountaineers, though, might have the best offense in the land. They, at least, might have the best passing game.
They certainly have the most productive player in Smith.
"Amazing," said WVU back Andrew Buie of his quarterback. "That's the only way to cap it: amazing."
One must also remember that, for the second straight game, Smith's No. 1 tailback, Shawne Alston, sat. Buie and Garrison were OK. But the power, the threat, of Alston was once again missing.
Yet WVU's offense rolled like a bullet train, and the Mountaineers and Bears put on quite a show. If you want another game to compare it to, well, there was Baylor's Alamo Bowl last season in which it defeated Washington by 67-56. Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, however, had but one touchdown pass and one TD run.
Smith was a star on Saturday. Yes, WVU's defense was nonexistent. But the home team won in exciting fashion in its Big 12 opener. It created a nationwide buzz. The passing game was lightning and Puskar Stadium was the bottle.
"It was a great moment for West Virginia," Holgorsen said. "We took advantage of it."
Like almost nothing we've seen.
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