WVU’s Holgorsen Upbeat After Uneven Win
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — While West Virginia didn’t play at peak efficiency in its 35-6 win over Kansas State, head coach Dana Holgorsen was more pleased than perturbed following the game. The win, the Mountaineers’ third consecutive victory over the Wildcats, showed WVU’s ability to overcome adversity (a good bit of it self-imposed) while handling a team that has often been a thorn in its side.
“(I’m) really proud of our coaches and players. We’ve been in some wars with Kansas State, and I was fully expecting this one to be the same, especially with how the game started,” Holgorsen said, referring to two turnovers the Mountaineers committed on their first two series. “Just back and forth, it looked like it was going to be pretty low scoring. For us to be able to play like that on all three sides… I’m very happy with that. Kansas State; they don’t lose like that. It’s hard to beat those guys like that. I’m really proud of our team. ”
WVU’s woes continued for much of the first half. The Mountaineers hit a big play after being backed up on their own goal line, as Will Grier hit Marcus Simms for an 82-yard touchdown, but the inconsistency reared its head again. A punt and a missed field goal kept K-State in the game at a deficit of just 7-0, but then WVU caught fire. Touchdowns on four consecutive possessions followed, split evenly by halftime, pushing the margin to 35-3, and making the final quarter an exercise in running out the clock.
Holgorsen acknowledged that there is still a good bit of work to do, but maintained the upbeat assessment throughout the postgame.
“It’s only game three and we haven’t played in two weeks, so we needed to get out there and play. There’s going to be things on all three sides that we learn. It’s still relatively early in the season. We’re a veteran team and we have great continuity with coaches, but I still think we’re trying to figure out who we are. ”