Saturday was an ugly day on the gridiron for the Mountaineers as they were shutout 37-0 by the Maryland Terrapins.
As a fan, it's easy to blame one player or side of the ball. According to Coach Holgorsen, the loss on Saturday falls on himself.
"I take full responsibility for the game against Maryland," said Holgorsen. "I didn't do a good job at coaching them and getting them ready for the game."
The Mountaineers has a rough day on the offensive ball, gaining just 175 yards of total offense. On defense, the Mountaineers limited a high powered Terrapins offense to 323 yards. As a team, West Virginia had six turnovers, four fumbles and two interceptions by quarterback Ford Childress. Despite the lack of production on offense, Holgorsen says Childress will remain the starter.
"Ford will continue to be our guy," said Holgorsen. "We expected some bumps in the road, and Saturday was one of those bumps. He's a hard worker and he'll get back out there this week in practice and learn from his mistakes."
Childress will start his first Big 12 game this Saturday against conference opponent Oklahoma State. West Virginia will be the first to play two conference games this season. The Mountaineers and Cowboys played last season in what turned out to be a blowout loss for WVU, 55-34 Oklahoma State. The game was close for three quarters, as the Mountaineers pulled within four points with 5:20 to go in the third quarter. The Cowboys took over, and the Mountaineers were shutout for the rest of the game. Conference games are extremely important, and according to Holgorsen they require even more preparation.
"We have to work harder each week from now to the end of the season," said Holgorsen. "Every game counts and we have to do a better job getting the team ready to play."
Expect the Mountaineers to continue running the ball on Saturday as the passing game has been inconsistent so far this season. Charles Sims and Dreamius Smith were limited to 109 yards against the Terrapins on 20 carries.
After a tough loss to Maryland, Coach Holgorsen looks to work on getting his guys ready for this weekend against Oklahoma State. He hopes to get them to relax, and play the game loose.
"The guys are too worried about making a mistake," said Holgorsen. "They just need to relax and have some fun playing the game."
The Mountaineers will need a stellar performance this weekend to knock off the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Cowboys have put up 1,463 yards in three games this season. Quarterback J.W. Walsh has a combine seven touchdowns, five touchdowns through the air and two rushing. The dual threat quarterback will be a handful for the Mountaineers on Saturday afternoon. The 2013 version of "The Gold Rush" is sure to be exciting.
Kickoff is scheduled for noon on ESPN.