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Holgorsen Not As Upset With WVU Defense As He Was Saturday


Game film can do a variety of things for a coaching staff. Certainly it helps them evaluate their players. It also allows them to sometimes get a different perspective on what took place in a given game.

Holgorsen watched game film of West Virginia's 70-63 win over Baylor and was not as upset with his defense as he originally was following the game.

"I felt a lot better about it Sunday than I did Saturday night," Holgorsen said. "Just to know we played pretty good defense probably 75 percent of the time, but when you just let receivers get open and make plays and bust coverage. I think four or five of their touchdowns were over 40 yards and that is obviously disheartening."

The big play clearly bit the Mountaineers on multiple occasions. Holgorsen acknowledged those big plays cannot happen. WVU will face a Texas team this weekend that relies on the running game to help the passing game. Fortunately, Holgorsen saw a lot of positives in terms of his run defense.

"Defensively we played well against the run," Holgorsen said.  "They had over 40 attempts and we held them to right around two yards per carry. We played well up front. We got them in third down plays and didn't make plays in the secondary. Our pass defense was atrocious, but the good news is that our run defense was really good and Texas is going to try and establish the run."

WVU quarterback Geno Smith is the talk of the nation following his amazing day. He completed 45 of 51 passes for 656 yards and eight touchdowns against Baylor. Smith has now passed for more than 1,700 yards and 20 touchdowns while throwing zero interceptions.

"He is harder on himself than anybody is," Holgorsen said of Smith. "It doesn't matter if it is a game or practice. He is just a student of the game. He is fairly critical of himself and will probably come in with a list of things he did wrong before we even look at the film with him."

Smith is rarely satisfied with his performance and almost always feels he could do better. His preparation is second to none. Smith spends countless hours watching film.

"In the offseason he would come in and get a bunch of NFL film on his iPad," Holgorsen stated. "Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady are guys he studied and if we don't have an opponent to look at he will look at some NFL guys to see if he can pick some things up technique-wise."

Holgorsen will lead his team into its first Big 12 road game this weekend at Texas. The Longhorns play in a stadium that holds more than 100,000 fans. None of that concerns Holgorsen about his team.

"It's probably one of the best environment that exists in all of college football," Holgorsen said. "I have been there five or six times and will be able to lay it out for them a little bit. The one thing that is so cool about being at West Virginia is these kids don't care much about it to be honest with you. They have played in BCS games, they have played at LSU and Auburn. They have been at some big places and in big games and our guys are excited to be a part of that. I can assure they will not be intimidated, but they are excited to go in there."

No. 7 WVU visits No. 9 Texas Saturday night.

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