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November 12, 2013

Holgorsen's Take: Kansas Pre-Game Presser

West Virginia (4-6, 2-5) will travel to Kansas (2-7, 0-6) this weekend with the Mountaineers needing a win to keep its streak of bowl game appearances alive.

Head coach Dana Holgorsen said that the Mountaineers locker room was one of the most disappointed he has ever seen in his coaching career after falling short against Texas 47-40 in overtime Saturday, however after reviewing the film he was very impressed with the team that the team fought and battled throughout the game.

But the Mountaineers must make a quick turnaround and put the emotion of the loss behind them prepare to travel to Kansas in a must win game for the program.

"We can't let them beat us twice," he said.

There will be no motivation required this week though as West Virginia understands that its streak of 11 consecutive bowl games is in jeopardy with six losses already on the season. The bowl game is not only a bonus for the players, but an opportunity to get more reps for a young team.

"It is at the point where I'm talking about bowl games; we have to win the next two to go to a bowl game. We have about 12 seniors and they deserve that," Holgorsen said.

Holgorsen believes his team is close and has been close to winning several games this season, but they must get over the hump to become a better football team.

The Jayhawks have been very competitive this season although they have yet to win a conference game, especially on the defensive side where Kansas has focused on stopping the run and playing man coverage on the outside. While the offense has been much like West Virginia in the fact that they have used two quarterbacks in Jake Heaps and Montell Cozart and are still looking for some consistency.

"They switch up what their plans are on week to week basis. We need to figure out early what their plan is and make some adjustments to defend that," he said.

West Virginia's injury count on the defensive side continues to add up with Jared Barber out for the season with a torn ACL and KJ Dillon also out for the year with severe dehydration issues that had an adverse reaction to his body. Barber is set to have surgery in the near future and will be on the shelf for six months, while Dillon was in ICU and was just released Tuesday.

Doug Rigg continues to remain out with a concussion, while Clint Trickett's had is in a much better spot but his status for Saturday will be determined as he progresses through the protocol and practice later this week.

Logan Moore would serve as the backup quarterback if Trickett can't go but Holgorsen did say that they anticipate him coming back and being fine. Ford Childress also will begin repping this week, although he will continue to be evaluated.

Even with the injuries, Holgorsen said that he won't consider pulling any of the freshmen's redshirts, and it will be on many of the young guys and players that have been in the program to step up and fill the roles of some of those players that have been injured.

With both Jared Barber and Doug Rigg out, the rotation will now be Nick Kwiatkoski, Tyler Anderson, Jewone Snow and Sean Walters, Holgorsen said.

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