Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Sports column

November 5, 2012

There’s something wrong in Holgorsen’s kitchen

(Continued)

— Fans love to criticize prevent defenses, but in some situations, that strategy is necessary. Ahead seven points with very little time on the clock, the defense’s No. 1 priority should be to keep everything in front of it. TCU couldn’t tie the game with a field goal, and the Horned Frogs probably didn’t have enough time, starting so deep in their own territory, to march down 10 yards at a time and find the tying score.

But WVU — for the third time this season, the other two coming just before halftime — gave up a big play with time running out that cost it what would have been an important Big 12 win.

Offense

Holgorsen wasn’t nearly as ready to stand up for the unit over which he has the most control. The WVU offense, considered one of the best in the country after scoring 260 points — 52 per game — during the Mountaineers’ 5-0 start, which had them up to No. 5 in the Associated Press Poll, has scored just 59 points in the last three games. Only 45 of them actually came from the offense, the other two touchdowns a result of Austin returns. Take those away, and WVU is scoring just 15 points per game.

The problem for Mountaineer fans is that they dined on filet mignon the first five weeks. They watched an offense that was almost impossible to stop and enjoyed the way the national media swarmed in to hand out awards for its greatness.

Now, Holgorsen and crew are suddenly serving up hamburgers, and that’s just not good enough from a chef (Holgorsen) who was supposed to be the best at serving up beef (offense).

“It falls on me,” Holgorsen admitted. “We’ll look at it and figure out what we’ve got to do to get better, offensively. What we’ve done the last three weeks is totally unacceptable.”

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