Dana Holgorsen Discusses West Virginia's 38-21 Win Over Youngstown State

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Although many fans may have been surprised at how tightly contested West Virginia's 38-21 win over Youngstown State was, Dana Holgorsen was not surprised at the challenges the Penguins posed on both sides of the ball.

The win was anything but pretty, but Dana Holgorsen said he'll take a three score victory over a very solid Youngstown State team. Holgorsen noted that the Penguins have plenty of players who could play at the Division 1 level and said they were remarkably poised and well coached. Although the game was tight for the first half he said he was satisfied with the composure his team showed and said there are a lot of college football teams who would have ended up with a loss. Holgorsen also noted that this game may end up teaching his team more than last week's opening win vs. Missouri.

The Mountaineers were able to pull away in the second half and went on a 31-7 run to end the game, and Holgorsen said the main difference was the line play up front. He noted that the line was eventually able to wear its counterparts on Youngstown State's defensive line down, and creidted that to the Mountaineers depth as they rotated multiple players in and out throughout the game.

Holgorsen also commented on the success that the Mountaineers were able to have with deep balls in the passing game, saying that had a lot to do with the alignment of the Youngstown State safeties and the execution on play-action plays. He also reiterated how proud he was of Skyler Howard's toughness, noting that Howard didn't practice until Friday because of his nagging rib pain. As far as the play of the back-up quarterbacks who came under much scrutiny, Holgorsen said he was pleased with the week that William Crest had and that he contemplated playing him in the first half.

On the defensive side of the ball Holgorsen didn't seem nearly as pleased, saying that the defense missed too many tackles, didn't get pressure on the quarterbacks and didn't get off the field enough on third downs. The Mountaineers will need to improve in each of those facets of the game next week when they face BYU.


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