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September 23, 2013
For the second time in as many days, head coach Dana Holgorsen refused to point the finger at anyone other than himself for the inept play of the West Virginia offense in this past Saturday's 37-0 loss to Maryland in Baltimore.
Holgorsen said that he has to do a better job of getting the players in position to execute what the Mountaineers want to do as well as coaching his group harder and having them ready to play this week when Oklahoma State rolls into town for a noon kickoff.
"There's plenty of blame to go around, but the one that can be blamed more than anybody is me," he said.
On top of that, the head coach said he must do a better job of firing up his team and avoiding them playing up-tight and afraid to make mistakes. When asked about the play of both the offensive line and redshirt freshman quarterback Ford Childress, Holgorsen once again took responsibility.
"The bigger issue is me. I've got to do a better job of getting these guys prepared to play, calling plays, all three sides of the ball getting these guys motivated and prepared to play," he said.
Holgorsen did say that he once again liked the mentality that Childress had on the sidelines during his second start and while he knew there would be some bumps in the road, this week the goal will be to take the next step forward to improve in all areas of the game.
"He's a hard worker. He's going to try to get better at improving his craft, which is distributing the ball as well as he can and handling the run checks," he said.
When asked if he would look at multiple options at quarterback, Holgorsen said that all three of the options for West Virginia offer much of the same and typically that is only done when players can bring something different to the table much like Oklahoma State last season.
With the non-conference schedule now in the rear-view mirror, West Virginia will play host to a team that has some familiarity with Holgorsen and vice versa.
The Mountaineers head coach served as the offensive coordinator for Mike Gundy before taking the West Virginia job and while there is a strong sense of familiarity, it will be key not to overthink it, much like the Oklahoma game earlier this year.
"You want to put your best foot forward when it comes to conference games," he said.
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