The losing streak is over, and now the Mountaineers move on to this weekend against the red hot Texas Longhorns.
The Saturday night contest at Milan Puskar Stadium will be a huge game for both teams. For Texas, a loss at West Virginia would not only end their five game win streak, but it would put a damper on their hopes of winning a conference championship. And for the Mountaineers, a win could propel the team to finishing the season with four consecutive wins.
Despite the win over Texas Christian on Saturday in Fort Worth, Coach Holgorsen says his offense has a long way to go.
"We did some things well on Saturday," said Holgorsen. "Unfortunately for us, some things we won't be able to fix until the off-season, but we still need to get better each week."
A big reason for the result of Saturday was the play of running back Charles Sims. The Houston transfer had a big game, carrying the ball 24 times for 154 yards. According to Holgorsen, Sims is the most versatile back in the country.
"I challenge you to find another back in college football that does more for his team," said Holgorsen. "He is a dynamic player."
The Mountaineers come into this weekend's matchup with Texas off their first win in over a month. The win against TCU could not have come at a better time, and could ultimately serve as a spark to light the fire for the remaining three games left on the schedule.
Milan Puskar Stadium has been special this season, as the Mountaineers have won three of four at home. West Virginia defeated Oklahoma State, and also had Texas Tech on the ropes before losing a heartbreaker. Home field advantage could become a big factor when Texas comes to town this weekend.
The Longhorns come into town riding a five game winning streak, thanks in large part to their outstanding play on defense. After starting the season 1-2, Texas fired their defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and brought in former Syracuse head coach Greg Robinson. The tide has changed. The Texas defense is playing with high energy, and has great talent, according to Holgorsen.
"They have a tremendous defense," said Holgorsen. "They are able to get some great recruits, and that's paying off for them."
Coach Holgorsen might need an extra Red Bull or two to get through Saturday night against a stout Longhorn defense. However, the head coach says moderation is important.
"You know my Dad told me to listen the other day," said Holgorsen. "He has an issue with Red Bull and heart issues. What I learned? You have to do everything in moderation."
The Mountaineers and Longhorns will meet up in Morgantown this Saturday night at 7 p.m. on Fox.
The trip to Morgantown marks the first ever by the Texas Longhorns. The Mountaineers will also look to win two in a row for the first time this season.
Fans are encouraged to participate in the Stripe-The-Stadium promotion sponsored by EZToUse.com. Fans in even number sections, touchdown terrace and the upper student section are asked to wear gold. Fans seats in odd number sections and the senior spirit student section are asked to wear blue.