West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen Reflects On 35-32 Win, Complacency Among Team

LANDOVER, Md. - After West Virginia took a 35-19 lead in the fourth quarter, Dana Holgorsen said he could sense a change in attitude on the West Virginia sideline.

When West Virginia took a commanding 16 point lead in the fourth quarter, most spectators and fans probably assumed the game was in hand and the Mountaineers had secured their third win of the young season. Apparently, according to Dana Holgorsen, there was a sense among his players that the game was over as well. The Mountaineers stumbled for the remainder of the game, highlighted by a botched snap between Skyler Howard and Tyler Orlosky that occurred deep in BYU territory, something Holgorsen says he almost never sees. Holgorsen noted the lack of focus started after Daikiel Shorts caught a nine yard touchdown pass with 11:27 remaining in the game and he could sense the shift in attitude among his players despite his warnings. But he also made note that his team has the benefit of learning from the mistake and being 3-0 as opposed to 2-1. Despite the fact that he was none too pleased to see both units sputter after going up by 16, Holgorsen did admit a win against a good team like BYU can't be underestimated.

The defense came under some scrutiny as well from Holgorsen, as the Mountaineers were not able to generate a consistent pass rush for the third game in a row and saw BYU convert 10 of 15 third downs on the day. Although the defense may not have played as well as Holgorsen (or the unit) would have liked, they did come up with some opportune turnovers, including an interception by Maurice Fleming in the games final minute that sealed the win..

After reflecting on the victory Holgorsen also commented on the controversial ruling to put a second back on the clock at the end of the first half, saying his interpretation of the rule is that a quarterback must clock the ball with three seconds left on the clock in order to stop the clock. BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum spiked the ball with just one second remaining and the referees allowed BYU to run another play and kick a field goal before the end of the half.

On the injuries front Adam Shuler and Antonio Crawford both sustained injuries  during the game but Holgorsen said he would not have any information on either injury until Tuesday's press conference.


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