The Mountaineers shocked the nation on Saturday, upsetting the No. 11 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Both teams went three and out on their first possessions of the game, but the Cowboys responded on their next drive with a 73 yard dump pass to Josh Stewart that lead to seven points. The Mountaineers would go three and out again, putting the defense back on the field. Cornerback Ishmael Banks picked off Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh and took the ball to the house for a touchdown. From this point on, West Virginia kept momentum and took control. At the end of the day, Mountaineer fans were celebrating a 30-21 win by singing country roads.
The Mountaineers put together a solid game on Saturday afternoon, but did struggle at times on all three sides of the ball. According to Holgorsen, the team still needs to get better at playing as a team.
"We played better as a team this week," said Holgorsen. "We still need to get better at playing together on all three sides of the ball."
Clint Trickett made his first Big 12 conference start on Saturday. Trickett went 24-50 for 309 yards and one touchdown pass. Holgorsen was happy with his performance and the way he responded.
"He reacted well," said Holgorsen. "Coming in the offense was completely foreign to him, and he's adjusted well. Clint still needs more snaps to get comfortable, but overall he played well."
The defense also did their part on Saturday afternoon as they held the high powered Oklahoma State offense to just 433 and 21 points. The Cowboys rushing attacked managed just 111 yards. What a difference a year makes, as the Mountaineer defense puts up another impressive performance. Holgorsen said the biggest difference is maturity.
"We're not starting 10 freshman anymore," said Holgorsen. "Coach Patterson has done a good job teaching his guys the game the way he knows how. Our senior leadership from Darwin Cook, Shaq Rowell and Will Clarke has also helped the defense get better."
The win was a big confidence booster for the Mountaineers as they head into Waco this week to play the undefeated Baylor Bears. While the quarterback situation seemed to be solved after the game on Saturday, injury has the position up in the air. Clint Trickett suffered a right arm injury in the game while Ford Childress continues to recover. Coach Holgorsen said that his team only had one healthy quarterback at Sunday's practice, Paul Millard. Dana hopes to know more on the injury situation when the Mountaineers return to the practice field on Tuesday.
As for Baylor, the Bears are leading the nation in offense with 2,254 yards total yards in just three games. Baylor is averaging almost 70 points per game, and has scored 209 overall. The numbers are eye popping, and according to Holgorsen this offense is the most dynamic in college football.
"This is the best offense in college football," said Holgorsen.
On the flip side, the defense is much improved from a year ago. The Bears defense has allowed 891 yards and just 23 points through the first three games. After giving up 70 points in a loss to the Mountaineers last season in Morgantown, the Baylor defense has been getting better each game.
The matchup last season is Morgantown was the first game in the Big 12 conference for the Mountaineers, and did not disappoint. Both offenses had video game stats, and the two units combine for 133 points. This Saturday the Mountaineers look for another win against the Bears when they travel to Waco.