West Virginia Football Head Coach Dana Holgorsen and his Mountaineers are coming off an overtime loss to the Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns are still undefeated in Big 12 play, while the Mountaineers are in do-or-die mode for the remainder of their season.
"At this point, we've got to start thinking about winning this one," said Holgorsen in regards to these last two games being "must wins". We'll use it as motivation."
Holgorsen recognized that this season it's been very hard to get the offense to be consistent, especially after losing a guy like Geno Smith.
"Complete opposite of last season," Holgorsen said. "[We] can't use it as an excuse."
It's still unclear as to who the quarterback is going to be heading into the match-up against Kansas. Clint Trickett who's been the starter for several games now was injured early against Texas. Paul Millard was brought into the game to take over as quarterback. Holgorsen addressed his current quarterback dilemma with Trickett being injured.
"It's all based on practices," said Holgorsen. "[Trickett] gave us the thumbs up in meetings. I anticipate him being a noncontact guy. The injuries are beginning to mount."
The quarterback position hasn't been an established position all season long. West Virginia has used three different quarterbacks at various points in the season.
One postion that is established is that of running back. Charles Sims has given this team a boost when it comes to the backfield and has made himself into quite the playmaker.
"He's growing as our team is growing," Holgorsen said. "He's such a hard worker, talented kid. He's a tremendous person."
Sims had 24 carries for 93 yards against Texas. Sims also had himself three touchdowns in that game. Sims will be looking to carry his success into the remaining games of the season starting with Kansas.
The Mountaineers display a 4-6 record while sitting at seventh place in the Big 12. Holgorsen and company have two games remaining on the schedule and if there's any hope of finishing this season by going to a bowl game they'll need to win both.
West Virginia will square off against Kansas at noon on Saturday. The game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports Net.