"It's a little different situation because of the time crunch,'' Holgorsen said. "Last year, we had an extra week because the game was late. We had that extra week [in Morgantown].''
The Mountaineers were dismissed for Christmas after practice last Friday and reassembled Tuesday night in New York. The team will have just two practices in New York, today and Thursday.
"It's not going to be the same situation as it was in South Florida. From a weather standpoint and a practice facility standpoint, it was very convenient for us down in Florida, which means that we had more practices,'' Holgorsen said. "We were down there for about eight nights and had more practices, and it's going to be tough to do that in New York from a travel and logistics standpoint.''
And finally, Tavon Austin was reminiscing the other day about some of his bigger games as a Mountaineers. He brought up several, including that amazing night against Oklahoma this season when he played running back and came within 6 yards of the NCAA's single-game record for all-purpose yardage.
When asked if he had any regrets about his season or career from an individual standpoint, that Oklahoma game came up again.
"Yeah, I wish I had those 6 yards I was short of that one record,'' Austin said with a smile. "I wish coach Holgorsen had put me out there and given me a little sweep or something where I could have gotten 6 yards.''
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