MORGANTOWN - Among the litany of items that constitutes Dana Holgorsen's to-do list this week, fixing what ails his West Virginia offense is not among the most taxing.
In fact, it barely bears consideration, even after that group finished with a mere fraction of its usual output Saturday in the Mountaineers' 49-14 drubbing at Texas Tech.
Sure, a few things might seem broken. That's hard to argue when the point totals that, through five games, were 69, 42, 31, 70 and 48, suddenly plummet to just 14.
But it also would be an overreaction to obsess too much about the 14 and forget the 69, 42, 31, 70 and 48.
"We'll go about it the same way we did the previous five games where we were successful offensively,'' Holgorsen said Monday when asked how to fix the offensive woes his team endured in Lubbock. "I don't think there's anything wrong with what we're doing offensively. I just think we had a bad game.''
It was bad even in a stand-alone aspect - 14 points, half of which were scored long after the outcome had been sealed, isn't going to win any game in the Big 12 - but it was far worse in a comparative sense. West Virginia had scored 10 touchdowns three times in the previous six games. It had gained 807 yards in a single game. It was unstoppable.
And then it was stopped. Dead in its tracks.
But perhaps, Holgorsen seemed to suggest, it was only a matter of time.
"I don't think anybody across the country in the history of football has been able to put up the kind of numbers that we were on a very, very, very consistent basis,'' he said. "We've got to find other ways of having other guys to step up and we've got to be able to win some games in other areas of the field as well, such as special teams and defense.''
Well, sure, that would be a huge plus. But given that West Virginia's defense has made a habit of surrendering nearly the type of eye-popping numbers the offense had created, well, winning with defense just doesn't seem like the Mountaineers' best option right now. And if there's a chance that special teams will win a game or two, don't count on it happening unless Tavon Austin is involved. Otherwise, kicking and covering have been nearly as problematic as playing defense.
So it probably is all up to the offense, which means it had better receive some attention this week in practice as West Virginia prepares to play one of the best defenses it will face, that of No. 4 Kansas State Saturday night at Mountaineer Field.