"I told my coaches in [the locker room] that some of the mistakes were like junior high mistakes," Holgorsen said.
What's amazing is WVU's offense looked as good as it has in a month. It had more total yards than the Cowboys (479-443). Smith was 28 of 37 for 313 yards after three quarters.
Yet Oklahoma State won 55-34.
It was another embarrassing loss for the Mountaineers.
"There's a lot of embarrassment," said linebacker Isaiah Bruce. "I don't know anybody in that [WVU] locker room that's had three losses in their life, let alone four."
This time, the opposing quarterback was, basically, the third-team guy. Redshirt freshman, third-team guy ... doesn't matter.
By falling like this, Holgorsen not only lost the game - and season - but also faith.
In the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers quit on the final Cowboy touchdown, a 21-yard Jeremy Smith burst. Just quit.
And check out this quote from Bruce. "Something has to change," he said. "We have to play for fun. We're not having any fun anymore."
Remember, Holgorsen is a man who preached the importance of body language prior to the season. On Saturday, though, the Mountaineers showed the body language of beaten men. After some of the gaffes, they looked as unsure of themselves as gawky freshmen at proms.
Holgorsen himself looked on the sidelines like Kobe Bryant after the Lakers fell to 1-4.
Afterward, the coach did take "full responsibility" for what happened over the last few weeks offensively.
But the game has three sides. The head coach, especially a very highly paid one in a small state like West Virginia, has to take charge and seriously examine all three sides - as well as his players and assistants.
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