Holgorsens Take: Post-Baylor
On Saturday West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen earned his first victory over a Top 5 team as an FBS coach as West Virginia knocked off No. 4 Baylor 41-27.
The win also marked the first time since the 2008 Fiesta Bowl that the West Virginia football program earned a victory over a Top 5 opponent. West Virginia had opportunities earlier this year against then-No. 2 Alabama and then-No. 4 Oklahoma, but came up empty.
"Our guys were ready to play," said Holgorsen. "We've been in this situation against some pretty good teams, but we weren't able to finish. Obviously, I'm proud of the guys and the way they finished to get a big win at home."
West Virginia outgained Baylor 456 total yards to 318. Coming into Saturday, Baylor had the nation's top offense. The Mountaineers sacked Bryce Petty four times and held him to just 223 passing yards.
Holgorsen let defensive coordinator Tony Gibson put together a plan to slow Baylor by bringing pressure.
"We didn't effect Petty one bit last year," Holgorsen said. "We made the decision on Sunday of last week and Coach Gibson did a great job of executing this decision because we weren't going to just sit back and let him throw to open space this year."
The game plan was to play four cornerbacks at the same time, bring pressure and allow the corners to play in man coverage.
For the most part, the plan worked and it even worked after two starting cornerbacks Daryl Worley and Terrell Chestnut went down with injuries.
Icky Banks, Ricky Rumph and Jaylon Myers all filled in nicely for the injured starters.
"I talk all the time about depth and today we had two starting corners go down, but we just kept playing," he said. "If you have depth, you can win these games."
Offensively, West Virginia relied on quarterback Clint Trickett to get the ball to wide receiver Kevin White. Baylor played man coverage against White, and Holgorsen allowed Trickett to keep taking shots downfield.
White had eight catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
"Baylor wasn't going to play their safeties deep," Holgorsen said. "We we're going to take shots and we had opportunities that we needed to capitalize on."
With his 132 receiving yards, White surpassed the 1,000-yard mark already.
Holgorsen believes White is one of the top pass catchers in all of college football.
"I think Kevin (White) has improved to where he is in that discussion," Holgosen said. "He's on pace statistically to do what (Michael) Crabtree, (Justin) Blackmon and Stedman Bailey did."
Holgorsen also added that he knew White would draw as many pass interference calls as he did.