"What it boils down to is there's a whole bunch of good schemes out there. In the Big 12 alone there are probably five teams that are running both our offense and our defense. It's not a scheme, it's the way that they're playing.''
While some of that no doubt goes to talent - or a lack of it - Holgorsen once again pinned at least part of the blame on mere attitude.
"The problems on defense were the same as on the offensive side,'' Holgorsen said. "We didn't play with a sense of urgency, our effort was spotty, we were way too hesitant, and then when the situation got the best of us we lost technique.''
"It has something to do with the mindset,'' was all that Holgorsen would say. "When mental toughness is an issue and when it's a physical game, guys tend to go down and get hurt quicker.
"We'll see how everybody practices [today]. I'm not ruling anybody out at this point. I'll know more after we get these guys in here for treatments and see what's going to happen.''
"I think it's predictable for every offensive tackle in the country on various plays,'' Holgorsen said.
"It's something we talk about a lot,'' Holgorsen continued. "I know a lot's been made about it just because of the commentary, but it's something we're aware of and have been aware of ever since we got here and ever since we started coaching offense.
"We try to make sure that our stances and our signals don't give anything away from the standpoint of the defense knowing whether it's run or pass. That's part of the trick of playing defense, that you don't know if it's going to be run or pass. And if we're doing anything from a personnel standpoint, a technique standpoint, a stance standpoint, a signaling standpoint, then it's something we need to get fixed and make sure that we're not predictable.''
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