Well, Holgorsen takes the blame.
"They haven't changed it much. They just do a tremendous job of coaching technique,'' Holgorsen said. "They're doing a better job of coaching technique right now offensively than we are. Ultimately it's not the plays you run but how you coach specific positions from a technique standpoint and an effort standpoint. That's what makes you good offensively.''
Obviously Holgorsen knows how to coach it well. In his one season at Oklahoma State he took an offense that ranked No. 99 in total offense and No. 61 in passing to No. 2 in total offense and No. 3 in passing. In eight years as an offensive coordinator or head coach at four schools, he's never had a passing offense that ranked lower than No. 6 in the nation. Last season at WVU was the first time in that stretch his offense ranked outside the top six in total offense (15th).
This year his passing offense is still ranked No. 5, but it's headed in the wrong direction.
In order to reverse that trend on Saturday, Holgorsen and the Mountaineers will have to outplay a team with intimate knowledge of how to stop that offense. Then again, the flip side is that Holgorsen and his defensive staff have no shortage of practice in defending the offense he installed at Oklahoma State.
Whether that makes a difference at all remains to be seen, but Holgorsen doubts it.
"I don't know how you're going to use it as an advantage,'' Holgorsen said. "I mean, if you look at this game they're going to know what we're doing offensively and we're going to know what they're doing offensively. It comes down to getting your guys ready to play. It gets down to being very sound fundamentally and technique-wise to where you're a little bit better than the guy across from you.
"There are a lot of one-on-one matchups within the game of football that you've got to win, and they're doing a pretty good job of that.''
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