Coming into this game, Texas had turned the ball over just seven times in nine games. Head coach Dana Holgorsen said he and the coaching staff knew turnovers would tell the story of this game. Holgorsen noted the similarities between his team and Texas, and credited his defense for playing aggressive and making the necessary plays to get stops in key situations, which helped secure the win.
After a rocky start, Holgorsen got in quarterback Skyler Howard's face to try and motivate him to curtail the mental errors that kept the offense from moving the ball in the first quarter. His message appeared to hit hime, as Howard bounced back from an early interception and finsihed the day with three touchdowns; two through the air and one on the ground.
West Virginia threw the ball just 12 times in the game, and didn't attempt a pass in the fourth quarter. Holgorsen said the game plan this week was to keep things simple in the passing game, while taking advantage of his team's biggest strength this season: the running game.
Despite not throwing the ball in the fourth quarter, Howard was still involved in deciding the outcome. His late touchdown run sealed the game, and allowed WVU to play free and easy for the last three minutes. Holgorsen said he will continue to feature Howard in the run game because he has been effective doing it this year, and it also gives WVU's running backs a chance to catch their breath.
After losing four-straight to open the Big 12 schedule, West Virginia has won back-to-back conference games at home. The Mountaineers will try to take their momentum on the road next week as they travel to face Kansas. WVU will not have fond memories of its last trip to Lawrence, as it was beaten by the KU 31-19 there in 2013.