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Holgorsen Says WVU Was Not Mentally Tough Enough


West Virginia University Head Coach Dana Holgorsen took part in the Big 12 weekly teleconference for the first time following a loss. Holgorsen thoroughly watch the game film following Saturday's 49-14 loss at Texas Tech.

"I critiqued that very well yesterday," Holgorsen said. "I did it on all three sides of the ball and critiqued myself on every single call that I made."

What Holgorsen said he saw was a team that lacked effort and energy. The weekly question concerning his defense and its inability to stop an opponent continued.

"From a scheme standpoint, I am happy with where it is at," Holgorsen stated. "It's not the scheme it is the way that they are playing. The problems defensively were the same as there were on the offensive side. We didn't play with a sense of urgency. Our effort was spotty. We were way too hesitant and then when the situation got the best of us we lost technique."

Injuries appeared to come in bunches last Saturday. Starting defensive lineman Will Clarke was out for the entire game. Linebacker Isaiah Bruce left the game due to a hip pointer. Defensive Back Brodrick Jenkins missed time in the game due to injury. On offense, Wide Receiver Stedman Bailey missed most of the second half.

"That has something to do with the mindset," Holgorsen said. "When mental toughness is an issue and when it is a physical game guys tend to go down and get hurt quicker. So, we will see how everybody practices Tuesday. I am not ruling anybody out at this point. I will know more in my press conference tomorrow after we get them in here for treatment."

Be sure to watch Holgorsen's weekly news conference streamed live here Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m.

Holgorsen's final thoughts on the game at Texas Tech were pretty simple and straight to the point.

"The bottom line is we were getting our butt kicked there and we didn't have anybody bow up," Holgorsen stated. "This group yesterday, their sense of urgency was a lot better than it was during the game. Based on these guys having their confidence taking a hit and them being a little embarrassed, I do think we will bow up and play harder and play better this week."

No. 15 West Virginia will play host to No. 3 Kansas State Saturday evening. WVU looks to play at a fast pace while Kansas State will try and slow the game down.

"That is what they do and they are really good at it," Holgorsen said of Kansas State's offense. "They do a great job of controlling the clock and it all starts with their quarterback Collin Klein. He just does a great job of taking care of the football. Just having the understanding that they are going to control the clock doesn't change anything we do defensively. Our job defensively is to get out there and stop the run and try to create turnovers and get off the field."

Kansas State has only committed four turnovers all season. The Wildcats have also been called for just 18 penalties in six games or just three per game.

"They are very, very tough," Holgorsen stated. "This will be our biggest challenge of the year without question. They are very tough and physical. They are extremely disciplined. I think any coach at any level across the country can turn on the tape on all three sides of the ball and have an appreciation for how they coach their kids."

West Virginia will host Kansas State Saturday evening. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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