The Mountaineers are thankful to have a week off.
After a 73-42 beat down in Waco last weekend, the coaches and players look to regroup before they host Texas Tech on Oct. 19. Forgetting about Saturday is a must, but it's time to take a look back before moving forward.
Going into the game against Baylor, it was well known that the Bears had an electric offense. The Mountaineers got a glimpse on Saturday of what Baylor is capable of on offense. The Bears totaled 864 yards, a school record, while putting up 73 points on a stout West Virginia defense. What is most impressive is they only possessed the ball for one more minute than the Mountaineers, finishing the day with 30:30 time of possession. The Baylor offense also did not have a three and out, running their streak to four games without one.
Speed was the name of the game, as the Bears managed to score 56 in the first half. According to Coach Holgorsen, the speed made the difference for Baylor.
"They have tremendous, tremendous speed on offense," said Holgorsen. "They had better speed than what I thought, and it showed."
Speed combined with controlling the line of scrimmage also hurt the Mountaineers on Saturday. As the experts say, it starts up front. Coach Holgorsen attributes Baylor's success on the offensive line to being more physical.
"They whipped us up front," said Holgorsen. "Their guys were physical, and played with a lot of energy."
The energy level between both teams was clearly evident Saturday evening in Waco. Baylor was coming off of a bye week, and had played only one game in 27 days. An argument can be made that the Mountaineers were tired, but Holgorsen says that is no excuse.
"Baylor was prepared, fresh, and energized," said Holgorsen. "We looked tired, but that isn't the only reason we lost."
Saturday is in the rear view mirror, and the Mountaineers take a weekend off before hosting Texas Tech on Oct. 19. After a tough loss to Baylor, it's easy to draw conclusions about what is plaguing this year's team. Picking on the coaching staff, specifically Holgorsen, seems to be a popular choice among fans. Take a deep breath, and have faith.
The bye week comes at a perfect time. A banged up roster will get much needed rest over the next few days, including starting quarterback Clint Trickett. The coaching staff will get to reflect and have two weeks to prepare for a ranked Red Raider ball club.
Coach Holgorsen still believes his team in on the edge of being good.
"I think we're still close," said Holgorsen. "We definitely have a lot to work on in the next two weeks, but I'll have this team prepared for Texas Tech."
The Mountaineers will take on Texas Tech in two weeks. The Red Raiders received a scare in the first quarter from the Kansas Jayhawks last week, getting down 10-0 early. Texas Tech would pick up the slack and cruise to an easy victory over Kansas, by a final score of 54-16. The Red Raiders are undefeated at 5-0, heading home this weekend to face Iowa State before making the trip to Morgantown.
West Virginia enters the halfway point of the season with a 3-3 record, 1-2 in conference play. The Mountaineers look to get back on track when they face Texas Tech on Homecoming Weekend Oct. 19.