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November 11, 2013
Holgorsen's Take: Big 12 Teleconference
West Virginia (4-6, 2-5) hasn't discussed must win situations up to this point in the season now it doesn't have a choice if it wants to keep its bowl steak alive.
The Mountaineers will travel to Kansas for a noon kickoff and West Virginia held a team meeting Sunday night to discuss the situation after Saturday's 47-40 overtime loss to Texas. In that game West Virginia had multiple opportunities to close the door, but were unable leaving the team needing to win it's final two games.
Holgorsen said that he thought his team's effort and fight against the Longhorns was phenomenal but with the loss their backs are now against the wall.
"That will be used as motivation this week and if we get the victory this week we will take the same approach against Iowa State," he said.
Holgorsen said that Clint Trickett's availability this weekend will be based on practice after he was injured early in the Texas game and did not return. Due to the nature of the injury with his head, he must go through a progression in order to first get back on the practice field outside of non-contact situations and each of the options will be monitored throughout the week.
"Injuries are starting to mount. We'll find out who's available on Tuesday and then who's available on Wednesday and gives you the best chance to win," he said.
Paul Millard filled in for Trickett and outside of his ball security issues; the head coach believes the junior was able to run the offense and put them in a situation to win the game.
The quarterback carousel is not just limited to West Virginia as teams throughout the Big 12 Conference have dealt with rotating options behind center. It's a situation that is almost a complete 180 from the scope of the league a season ago.
"It's just part of the game, you can't use it as an excuse," Holgorsen said.
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