Indeed, but against the Wildcats the first priority has to be stopping a running game that averages 248 yards and ranks 11th in the country. Tailback John Hubert averages 101 yards and 6-foot-5, 226-pound quarterback Collin Klein 85. Klein has also scored more rushing touchdowns than any other active player except Wisconsin's Monte Ball.
And they do it all out of an option attack that spreads the field, but doesn't rush things. Kansas State is averaging just 63 plays per game - nearly 100 fewer than WVU in the same number of games - and just patiently picks away at a defense. Klein is deceptive, looking more like a tight end than a quarterback but running the ball as often and as well as a tailback.
"It's tough. He's averaging 100 yards a game and doesn't make any mistakes,'' Holgorsen said. "We try and junk up the box and stop the run and put more people in there, but then you're weak on the outside. He throws it to those fast guys outside and we have to make plays out there.''
Defending it, though, is like defending any other option attack, which the Mountaineers haven't done much this season except a bit against James Madison.
"You have your keys, you have your responsibilities and you have to look at it and you have to develop some tendencies that help you defend it,'' Holgorsen said. "Regardless of what people are doing offensively, we're going to coach our guys to carry out their assignments when it comes to matching up with the sets and being able to execute with good technique.
"We lost a whole lot of technique on both sides of the ball last week [in a 49-14 loss at Texas Tech] because our mind was all screwed up. We lost sight of what is important, which is understanding exactly what your assignment is, what to do and do it without hesitation when it comes to trusting your technique and triggering it. We didn't do a very good job of that."
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