It's been nothing like the good things the Mountaineers did in those first five games, however, when they were scoring almost at will on opponents, even those with competent defenses like Maryland, which is No. 11 in the country in total defense.
Holgorsen, while acknowledging that he and his staff must do a better job of preparation, also points to effort.
"We're playing with nine or 10 a lot,'' Holgorsen said. "If you have eight or nine that are playing with tremendous effort and one or two who aren't, then you're playing with eight or nine. We have to play better together.''
Some of it is merely execution, and the problems rest almost everywhere, including Smith. After throwing an NCAA record 273 passes without an interception to start the season (326 straight dating back to last season), he's now thrown three picks in his last 73 attempts and has been saved from several others by good fortune.
His receivers also share blame. Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said there were seven dropped passes against TCU, four of them on third-down throws.
"But those are just like any other bad play - an interception, a fumble, a missed block, whatever. It's part of the game,'' Smith said. "You just have to move on. You can't dwell on it.''
As for the cut-ups given to him by Spavital, Smith no doubt saw some cringe-worthy plays, but his overall game hasn't changed, he said.
"It's just circumstances. Things don't always work out as well as you want them to,'' Smith said. "We were rolling the first five games and then we kind of hit an obstacle. It's just about staying the course, believing in yourself, believing in your teammates and coaches and just continuing to work toward the plan.
"It's getting better. We're making progress. We're working guys in and out of the rotation as far as receivers and backs and even some offensive linemen. We're going to have fresh bodies and be ready to play. You can't force the issue and try to make big plays. You take what the defense gives you, you move the chains and see what happens. Those are the little things that made us a good offense.''
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