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November 4, 2013

Holgorsen's Take: Big 12 Teleconference




West Virginia (4-5, 2-4) head coach Dana Holgorsen didn't want to address the possibility of missing a bowl game for the first time in 12 years before the TCU game, but he didn't have to.

That's because the seniors on the team had already filled that role and were talking with the rest of the players on the team about not being the team that snapped that streak. While the coaching staff had focused on taking the season on a game-by-game basis, the seniors challenged their team.

"The seniors were getting together and not wanting to be the first team to have a losing season in a while, and getting to a bowl game," he said.

Holgorsen believes that the group has done their job in helping to prevent the team from quitting despite some early season challenges while focusing on improving on a weekly basis. And that was evident in the second half against TCU when West Virginia gave up a 10-point fourth quarter lead to hold on and win the game 30-27 in overtime something they had failed to do in close games the previous two weeks.

"We hung in there and kept playing," he said.

The Mountaineers will play host to a rejuvenated Texas (6-2, 5-0) team after starting the season on shaky ground the Longhorns have reeled off five straight wins in the Big 12 Conference fueled by the play of the defense which has allowed only three offensive touchdowns in the past three games.

"It's a lot of the same guys I was looking at when we played them last year, tremendous experience," Holgorsen said. "They look like their effort and their energy has been increasing as the year went on."

The offense is still a work in progress for West Virginia, but Holgorsen said he believes that the unit continues to show improvement over the course of the season. Still there are some issues that won't necessarily be remedied until the six months in the off-season.

One area that hasn't disappointed is senior running back Charles Sims, who put together a career game against TCU with 154 yards and a touchdown on the ground and another 35 with a score through the air.

NOTES:

Holgorsen said in regards to some of the health-related issues with coaches that there are definitely stresses involved with head coaching positions, but it is no different than the stresses that anyone faces in life.


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