It could also be for tenacity. More than once, Trickett was forced into difficult situations. But his best plays were in those:
And all of this while running an offense in which he's still not entirely comfortable. He sometimes has trouble communicating with the coaches because he's known them only a few months.
"It was rough through the whole game, really,'' offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said, referring to the communication between coaches and the quarterback on the field, an integral aspect to the WVU offense. "What he did was he kept competing. Even when he got banged up, he kept competing.''
He wasn't the only one, of course. That West Virginia defense came up huge. Ishmael Banks intercepted Walsh only a few plays after Walsh had thrown a 73-yard screen pass for a touchdown to Josh Stewart and just after Trickett's first interception. Not only did he intercept him, he returned it for a tying touchdown. Without that, Oklahoma State might have seized the momentum much the same way Maryland did a week ago and run off with it.
The defense also had a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter when it seemed certain OSU would take the lead - the Cowboys had a first-and-goal at the 3 - and forced no less than 10 punts. Oklahoma State had punted only 13 times in its first three games combined. The Cowboys had 433 total yards, but its 19 possessions ended with those 10 punts, three turnovers, two missed field goals, a failed fourth down and just three touchdowns.
"They held a team to 21 points that hasn't been held to that for quite some time,'' Holgorsen said. "They played really well.''
More than anything, though, the Mountaineers turned things around. A week ago this was a team that had been shut out 37-0 and had scored just one touchdown in eight quarters against BCS-level competition. Even its wins, over FCS William & Mary and awful Georgia State, were struggles.
"There have been a bunch of emotions over the last week, embarrassment and disappointment,'' Holgorsen said. "But they kept working. We felt like we could win and we wanted it pretty badly.''
West Virginia next plays Baylor Saturday night in Waco, Texas. The Bears are 3-0 and had this weekend off.
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