It's the edge for winning teams when the talent is close. Yes, WVU has more weapons than any team in the Big East, but there's not that much separation. Perhaps that's what Holgorsen has failed to get across to his team.
"You want to come into a game confident," Miller said. "If you don't go into a game expecting to win, why are you out there? We just need to execute better. All right, we can talk the talk; we need to start walking the walk."
Louisville strutted on Saturday. It responded to WVU's opening touchdown drive. Down by a score as the clock wound to halftime, the Cardinals threw to DeVante Parker, who slipped Mountaineer back Darwin Cook and went for a 26-yard gain to the 31. At halftime, the game was tied at 21.
West Virginia fumbled three times, losing two; the U of L didn't fumble. The victors were 5-of-5 in the red zone. West Virginia's Shawne Alston was stopped on fourth-and-1, while Louisville's Dominique Brown converted one late.
Perhaps the play of the game, though, wasn't when Brown converted on his fourth-down try, which certainly helped the Cards move toward its 38th point.
In my eyes, the play that won it was on third-and-8 a few plays prior.
Parker caught the ball and seemed destined to be caught by WVU cornerback Pat Miller short of a first down. The Cardinal, however, imposed his will to an 11-yard gain and a first down - while Miller missed.
When Louisville blocked a field goal kick and ran it back for a score, it wasn't by accident. Cardinal player Adrian Bushell did a full-body layout to block the kick. Andrew Johnson scooped it up and blazed the 82 yards.
Extra effort. That's what pushed Louisville to the victory. That's what West Virginia is lacking.
"We've got to fight, man," said WVU's Smith. "We've got to ignore the negativity and develop that knack to win."
Yes, place some blame on Holgorsen. He's not only in charge of infusing the offense with spark, but his team - his whole team. That's not only his offense out there, it's also his defense and special teams.
He has to inspire this Mountaineer team. It might need help, but it can still win the Big East. Holgorsen has to show he's a head coach now and not just an offensive coordinator elevated to the position.
"These next three games," Miller said, "we're going to have to play full-throttle for four quarters."
And get back to the script.
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