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Holgorsen Still High On Run Defense

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The West Virginia University football team improved to 5-0 with a 48-45 win over Texas in Austin. It was the first time WVU beat a top 15 team on the road since 1993.

Opponents have scored 108 points against WVU in the last two weeks. There is one bright spot within all of those points. WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen praised his run defense on the weekly Big 12 coaches teleconference.

"I thought it was good," Holgorsen said. "It could have been a little better. They got about 3.5 yards per rush, which is really good considering Texas is a really good run offense."

Holgorsen continues to be pleased with his front seven, "I thought Shaq Rowell played well in the middle. He is just a big body. Isaiah Bruce continues to get better."

West Virginia's offense has been able to score enough points in each of the past two weeks to get the win. WVU has won its last two games by a combined total of 10 points. Those type of wins are typical of a special team.

"I got some guys that believe," Holgorsen said of his team. "I like the way this team plays together. We have to continue to keep playing like that. Each and every team in the conference brings something to the table."

Texas Tech will bring a sense of familiarity for Holgorsen. He spent eight years there as an assistant before moving on to Houston.

"I had eight great years there, but faced Texas Tech when I was at Houston and faced a road game at Texas Tech when I was at Oklahoma State," Holgorsen stated. "It's nothing new to me. I have been at three different places since then. All of those feelings and emotions have gone away."

WVU will hit the road and visit the state of Texas for the second week in a row. Holgorsen's Big 12 background gives him knowledge of these road environments. He told his team what to expect in Austin last week and will do the same about Lubbock.

"I am excited about the trip and will be able to tell the guys here in Morgantown what it is like in Lubbock, Texas, what the stadium is like, what the hotel is like and all the rest," Holgorsen said.

No. 4 WVU will visit Texas Tech on Saturday. Texas Tech suffered its first loss of the season last weekend to Oklahoma.

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