And that's the one thing Holgorsen will be preaching to his players this week when he compares the two games.
"Four turnovers,'' Holgorsen said. "That's what we learned in that one.''
Indeed, that is the one thing that can kill any team and it might be the only thing that can derail this one, given the insane numbers put up by the offense. West Virginia has turned the ball over just once in four games this season, that by the reserves after the outcome of a game against Marshall had been long decided.
But consider this: In its last 39 games, West Virginia has turned the ball over as many as four times just thrice. And all were ugly - four times in a 16-13 overtime loss to Connecticut in 2010 that ultimately cost the Mountaineers a BCS bowl berth, five times in a horrid 23-7 loss to North Carolina State in the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl, and four times in that 47-21 loss to LSU.
There's not much that is Kryptonite to West Virginia's Superman offense, but turnovers are huge.
"We're capable of running routes and pass protecting and all that. We proved we can do that against anybody,'' Holgorsen said, referring to that LSU game again. "You have to block up front and you have to win one-on-one matchups on the outside. We did all that. But we turned the ball over four times.
"Did we lose? You're darn right we did. We didn't stop their run and we turned it over four times. Hopefully, it is not the same outcome.''
An emphasis on winning the turnover battle in big games - or any games, for that matter - is, of course, nothing novel. Texas boasts on the first page of its weekly media release that the Longhorns have won 58 straight dating back to 2002 when winning the turnover count. West Virginia touts a similar statistic on the first page of its release: a 66-4 record since 2002 when coming out on top in turnovers.
"That's the one stat that exists in college football that is very apparent,'' Holgorsen said.
It was obviously apparent in West Virginia's biggest regular season game last year and it is likely to be just as important Saturday when the Mountaineers face another in what figures to be a string of high-profile games this fall.
"We're not playing LSU, but I understand the [similarities],'' Holgorsen said. "But the two things we've got to do better is stop the run and not turn the ball over.''
"We'll see how he does today,'' Holgorsen said.
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