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Holgorsen Needs Running Game To Get Healthy


West Virginia University has not produced a 100-yard running back in a game since Andrew Buie's 224 yard outburst at Texas more than a month ago. Coincidentally, that was West Virginia's last win.

"Dustin Garrison is still six months away from being who he was last year," Holgorsen said. "Shawne Alston is trying, but is not capable of carrying the ball right now. He is trying to gut it out and play."

That leaves Andrew Buie to, pardon the pun, carry the load. Buie has 140 carries this season for 646 yards and five touchdowns. He stands 5-foot-9 and weighs 187 pounds. Buie has averaged 18 carries per game in the last seven games, which is going to take its toll on him.

"We are forced to rely on Andrew Buie," Holgorsen stated. "The fear is that Buie is going to wear down."

Ryan Clarke has carried the ball a few times this season. Other than that, there are very few options for Holgorsen and his staff. One option could be to put Tavon Austin in the backfield.

"I wish we could clone him and put three of him out there," Holgorsen chuckled.

Holgorsen went on to say that they need Austin at inside receiver because of his value at that position, "We have felt like he is a pretty good inside receiver. We want to get it into his hands as much as we possibly can."

Aside from the lack of a good running game lately, Holgorsen also discussed the special teams mistakes his team made on Saturday. Following the game he called those "junior high" mistakes. During his news conference on Tuesday he referred to them as "elementary" mistakes.

"What is sad about the special teams situation is that it was embarrassing," Holgorsen said. "It was embarrassing last week. We went out Sunday night and we worked on fielding punts and worked on the peter call. We worked on Tavon in the back and Stedman in the back on fielding a kick, which is a live ball and fielding it. We worked on the punt landing at the five-yard line and downing the ball."

All of those special teams mistakes led to preventing West Virginia from getting over the hump and taking a lead against the Cowboys last weekend. They will all need to be corrected and prevented in order to upset Oklahoma this week.

WVU is riding a four game losing streak for the first time since 2001. Most of the players and coaches inside this program have never experienced anything like this before.

"I haven't," Holgorsen stated. "It's not a lot of fun for anybody. The only way to get out of it is to work hard. There is only one way you can win in college football, I don't care what conference you are in. The only way to win is hard work and that is what we are doing."

WVU will meet Oklahoma Saturday night. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since West Virginia beat Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl.

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