WVU not satisfied after Baylor win

West Virginia had just come off one of the biggest wins it has had at home in about a decade with Saturday's 41-27 upset over then-No. 4 Baylor.

It improved the Mountaineers' record to 5-2, was the first win at home against a top-five team since 2003 and propelled WVU into the top 25 for the first time since 2012. With all that said, head coach Dana Holgorsen asked his players a simple question: Are you satisfied?

The answer from the team was a unanimous, and resounding, no.

"We're not interested with people telling us that we're good or any of that," Holgorsen said. "We've got to just keep doing our job."

West Virginia is playing as well as it has played in quite some time, with the offense getting back to where it had been before as one of the most dangerous attacks in the country, while the defense earned its stripes in Saturday's win by keeping the deadly Baylor offense from getting into its rhythm when it needed to.

There's been one big piece that has been added to this team that it hasn't had in a while that has helped them get over the top so far in 2014.

"It comes from confidence," said junior tight end Cody Clay. "That's something we have this year that I can honestly say we didn't have a lot of last year. That's something we have really preached the whole offseason. It comes from preparation."

The Mountaineers are likely going to need that confidence heading down the stretch as they try to keep winning games and make a run to potentially compete for a Big 12 Conference title. With its only loss in conference play coming to Oklahoma so far, WVU is currently tied for second in the league with Baylor and its opponent this weekend, Oklahoma State.

OSU has been very tough to beat at home over the last few years and beat West Virginia 55-34 in Stillwater, Okla., two years ago.

Holgorsen doesn't think his team is going to have much trouble adjusting to the expectations that are going to come with being a ranked team. The way he sees it is that the Mountaineers will be able to just continue to get about their business the same way they have for the first seven games as they have climbed to get to this point.

“It’s positive for the program, it’s good for national recognition. All that is good, and I’m not going to deny that,” Holgorsen said Tuesday. “It probably gets us talked about more, but it doesn’t adjust anything that we do."

One reason he doesn't think it will have much of an effect on what they do is because this isn't the same West Virginia football team that he has had the last few seasons.

Instead of working with large groups of underclassmen who had no idea what it was like to go through a season in the Big 12, this year's Mountaineers have grown through the experiences they've had. They understand what they're about to get into and they seem to be ready to take on that tall task head-on. Using that confidence and the fact that many of them are going to be able to Stillwater having already been there before and knowing what to expect, the fourth-year head coach is confident his team will be able to handle any adversity they face and will be able to keep moving forward as the season goes on to try to make it to a place where they can look and say they're satisfied with what they've done.

“I think if we had a very young and immature team, then that would be a huge challenge,” Holgorsen said. “But we have a very experienced, older team that likes each other, plays hard for each other and understands what we’re trying to accomplish.

"Really, what we’re trying to accomplish each week is to win the next game."


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