Holgorsen, WVU ready to move on from TCU loss

For the third year in a row, West Virginia and TCU played in a back-and-forth contest that went down to the wire before a winner was decided. In those three contests, the games have been decided by a total of five points.

Saturday it was TCU that was able to come back from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter to escape Morgantown with a 31-30 victory that left West Virginia devastated and looking for answers.

But as life in the Big 12 has been for WVU, the Mountaineers know they have no time to sit back and dwell on the loss.

"Each and every week is challenging in the Big 12. We know this going into it," said WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen Monday during the Big 12 coaches teleconference. "I believe we’re the top conference in the country, or one of the top conferences in the country. You can throw records out the window and what happened the previous week. You can throw all that stuff out the window."

As far as his team is concerned, Holgorsen said that they have done a good job - as they have with any other game this season - moving forward and not thinking much about what happened against the Horned Frogs. There hasn't been a lull when it comes to getting ready for this week's game against Texas.

"We know what is in store for us and I give our guys a bunch of credit. They’ve buried the last game and moved onto the next game each and every week this year," he said.

"Nobody feels good about it. Our team met last night and we watched the tape. Coaches and players both were upset because it was such a close game."

West Virginia (6-3, 4-2 Big 12 Conference) got another stellar performance from its defense against TCU, even though the Horned Frogs were able to do enough damage to come away with a victory. It was another example that this is a much-improved unit overall from the last two seasons as WVU was still adjusting to the Big 12.

It’s night and day form where we’ve been the first couple of years. Tony Gibson has done a phenomenal job. The staff we are putting together is gelling and everyone is on the same page," Holgorsen said. "I can’t give the players enough credit. We've got a lot of guys who are playing well for us right now who have been through two years in the Big 12, so I think that makes a big difference."

The Mountaineer offense struggled mightily against TCU late in the game Saturday, gaining negative yardage on offense in the game's final quarter while passing the ball just once.

Senior quarterback Clint Trickett completed just one of four pass attempts after Terrell Chestnut's fumble return for a score in the third quarter as WVU relied almost exclusively on the running game to try to keep its lead. At one point, following what turned out to be the Mountaineers' final offensive play of the game, Holgorsen and Trickett appeared to have a disagreement after Trickett handed the ball off to Andrew Buie for a three-yard loss.

"I saw something a little bit different than he did, but I can’t explain the difference in what I saw and what he saw in his shoes, getting hit, being out on the field, and being knocked around," Holgorsen said. "Clint is doing a great job of taking the information we're giving him and putting ourselves in position to be successful. There's no such thing as calling perfect plays. Not on my end. Not on Clint's end. Not on (offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson)'s end.

"We have to be able to execute them."

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