WVU’s Unemotional Start No Surprise to Holgorsen
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen was expecting his team to be a bit flat coming off its emotional win over Texas. Even though he didn’t use that word, his meaning was clear.
Thus, he wasn’t surprised when West Virginia sputtered on its first three drives against TCU, and trailed 3-0 after the first period. That scoreless 15 minutes was the first opening quarter in which the Mountaineers did not score this season.
“It kind of started the way I expected it to,” Holgorsen said. “We had to let it settle in a little bit. I felt like we were playing for a lot more than they were, so it wasn’t surprising the way it started. There wasn’t a whole lot of panic going on.”
Things turned around quickly, as the Mountaineers kicked a field goal in the second quarter to tie the score, then reeled off three touchdowns in just three minutes and 30 seconds to take a 24-3 lead into the locker room.
“I probably said a few things after we sputtered for the third time, but for the most part just keep playing,” Holgorsen said of his approach. “I figured we would start making some plays.”
WVU held the Frogs to -7 net rushing yards and only 222 overall, an average of just 3.6 per snap.