Shoot, even Dana Holgorsen admits to a sense of some relief.
"Well, it's not like it was our first win of the year,'' Holgorsen said Monday. "But yeah, any time you win there's some relief after the hard work you've put in that week.''
Relief is certainly the best word to use here, no question. It can't really be optimism because this team is still deeply flawed. It's not as if a win over a rather mundane TCU team suddenly puts West Virginia in position to make some sort of late-season run at anything grand. There's still nothing out there except mere bowl eligibility. That's it. That and perhaps building toward something next year.
The point, though, is that while that one win doesn't really alter the fact that this will go down as an utterly forgettable season in WVU football history, it does make it far more possible that instead of looking back on it as a complete disaster (think 3-8 in 2001), there's a chance it just becomes another blip on the radar (like 7-5 and a Music City Bowl the year before that).
That's what people do when they reminisce about seasons past. They always remember the great ones and the lousy ones, the former because they cherish them and the latter because, no matter what they do, they just can't forget.
That West Virginia won a game at TCU in 2013 is never likely to be recalled as anything monumental, if it is recalled at all. It was a 3-5 team beating another 3-5 team. It was nothing special.
It could very well be the reason, however, that this team won't be relegated by history to the status of memorable for its ineptitude. While that's not a grand accomplishment, well, at least it's something.
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