ShareThis Page

West Virginia notebook: Holgorsen, Mountaineers not looking too far ahead

| Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 11:16 p.m.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — As big as West Virginia's win at Texas was for perception, recruiting and the conference race, coach Dana Holgorsen doesn't want himself, his coaches or his players to talk about it anymore.

The team is focused solely on Texas Tech and not looking ahead to Kansas State.

“I don't understand what a trap game means,” Holgorsen said. “You play the same every week. If you don't have the ability to understand that every week is the same, you get beat. Whether it's a trap game or ‘big' game, it's a game.”

• Senior quarterback Geno Smith has thrown 24 touchdown passes and no interceptions this season. He hasn't thrown an interception since last December on the road against South Florida. “He's probably going to throw an interception at some point,” Holgorsen said. “Hopefully, that one interception doesn't hurt us from winning the game because winning the game is a whole lot more important to Geno Smith than some little old streak.”

• Despite running back Andrew Buie's breakout performance against Texas, Holgorsen is still focused on getting senior Shawne Alston (thigh) and sophomore Dustin Garrison (knee) healthy to prevent Buie from being injured. “He carried it 31 times, and he got hit 31 times,” Holgorsen said. “He blocks, which is hard, and he runs routes, which is taxing. The wear and tear is something to be concerned with, which is why we need to get Dustin healthy and Shawne healthy.”

• Texas Tech's change to Art Kaufman at defensive coordinator has been a good one. The Red Raiders rank second nationally in total defense and first in passing defense. However, Holgorsen said the defense isn't tricky. It only blitzes 8 percent of the time but is extremely sound and plays hard. “By not (blitzing), they are covering more ground,” Holgorsen said. “They have more people in coverage, and if you happen to complete the (pass), they have more people going to (the ball). They're in position to make plays.”

• Last season, Holgorsen called out his team for not creating enough energy on the sidelines during a home loss to Louisville. Since then, he's been happy with the liveliness and urgency of West Virginia's sidelines. That includes last week against Texas, and he said it needs to continue at Texas Tech.

— Josh Sickles

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.