Offense, Defense, Special Teams, Coaches, Players All Share Blame For Defeat
FORT WORTH, Texas – West Virginia had more yards, far more first downs and outplayed TCU for large stretches of play in the 31-24 loss here Saturday.
But one glance at the overall take gives an insight as to the other issues: Poor field position, a loss in the turnover battle and a pair of tough calls toward the end of the game, both of which went against the Mountaineers. Both an interception by Elijah Battle and a pass interference call on David Sills were huge blows, an all of it came together to send WVU to a ninth straight defeat against a top 25 foe.
“It’s a disappointing loss. It feels a lot like game one where we fought hard and had a chance to tie it at the end and didn’t,” head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “We had opportunities to stop them; we didn’t. We had opportunities to go score; we didn’t. TCU’s a good football team and they played well in the kicking game. It wasn’t a result of us being bad, they just made plays which really affected field position in the first half. Two turnovers and field position the difference in the game.”
West Virginia was again close. After falling behind 17-3, it rallied in the second half to score 14 consecutive points to tie on long touchdown passes. The game then became a battle of which team would most be able to capitalize late, and in the end that was the Horned Frogs, who went ahead for the final time on quarterback Kenny Hill’s three-yard scoring run on third and goal, then held WVU on its final possession in a game that did eerily play out like the opening loss to Virginia Tech – also by the same final score.
“There’s blame to go around on all three sides, and I’m number one,” Holgorsen said. “I didn’t do a great job special teams-wise and we lost the special teams game and field position battle. There’s blame to go around. Offense, defense, special teams, coaching, playing. Not good enough to be a top 10 team on the road. I think we are a group who likes to play and competes, but that’s not good enough to beat Big 12 teams on the road. Have to continue to improve.”
Take a listen to Holgorsen’s complete postgame comments below.