Holgorsen’s Take: WVU-Va Tech Postgame Analysis

Holgorsen’s Take: WVU-Va Tech Postgame Analysis


LANDOVER, Md. – There was a distinctive mix of disappointment and discouragement on Dana Holgorsen’s face after West Virginia’s loss to Virginia Tech in the opener here Sunday.

But there was also the knowledge that behind quarterback Will Grier and a continuing defensive rebuild, the Mountaineers should be able to polish off some poorer aspects of play prior to the Big 12 conference slate. WVU, after all, racked up 371 yards passing, Grier quickly entering his name in the ledger of top 20 all-time passing performances in school history.

And with a bit more depth on defense, and better overall execution, West Virginia should be in position to remain competitive in the league. That doesn’t dash what happened here, the loss of the rivalry game – and the Black Diamond Trophy – for a third straight meeting. But it does put it somewhat in perspective, and that’s what an honest and reflective Holgorsen spoke of after the 31-24 decision.