"That's the beauty of being in the Big 12. Every game's like that,'' Holgorsen said. "Now, was Texas a little bit above and beyond based on 101,000 [people in the stands]? Yes. [Texas coach Mack] Brown even said it was their greatest environment ever. Well, that environment exists. We need to get used to being in those types of environments and having those types of games.
"And that's pretty cool. That's why we wanted to be in the Big 12. If they thought that was fun, well, get ready. We've got another one this week.''
Tech certainly has the capability of beating West Virginia. The Mountaineers are just a 31/2-point favorite and will face an offense well equipped to give its shaky defense fits (No. 7 in the country in passing and No. 15 in total offense). And Tech's defense still ranks No. 1 in the nation against the pass and No. 2 overall.
So the idea is to treat this one the same as all the others.
"I don't understand what a trap game is. You play the same every week,'' Holgorsen said. "If you don't have the ability to understand that every week is the same - and that we've got to trust our players and coaches and everybody that's involved to be able to do the same thing every week - you get beat. And that's whether it's a trap game or a quote-unquote big game.
"It's a game. All it is is a game. You prepare the same way and have the ability to play the same every week.''
BRIEFLY: Holgorsen once again had no real information on the availability of Shawne Alston for this week.
He did insist that the running back's bruised thigh was "the only issue'' keeping him out of the lineup.
"Like I said last week, we gave it a go for a couple of days and it didn't work and we didn't travel him,'' Holgorsen said. "He stayed home, got treatment Friday, Saturday and Sunday, he's been in there getting treatment [Monday]. So we'll see what he looks like.''
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