West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen took complete responsibility for his team’s performance in Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference.
“I didn’t coach very good,” Holgorsen said. “There’s plenty of blame to go around, but the one that can be blamed more than anybody is me. The bigger issue is me. I’ve got to do a better job of getting these guys motivated and ready to play.”
The third-year WVU head coach emphatically took the blame for what his team did from an offensive standpoint Saturday. He said that redshirt freshman starting quarterback Ford Childress will see bumps in the road due to inexperience and being a young quarterback. Childress’ 62 passing yards was the fewest amount by any WVU quarterback who threw more than 20 passes in a single game.
Holgorsen also talked about the play from his wide receivers in Saturday’s shutout. Against the Terrapins, only one Mountaineer wide receiver had a reception – redshirt sophomore wide receiver Ronald Carswell.
#WVU has one WR with a catch (Carswell). It went for 12 yards.
— Allan Taylor (@AllanTaylorWVU) September 21, 2013
“We’d like to get them the ball,” Holgorsen said. “That’s why they call them receivers. What each and every one of these guys have got to do is go to work every day and they’ve got to try to be a little better than they were yesterday. That’s all we can ask them to do and that’s what we need to do.”
Holgorsen believes that the errors on offense have come mainly from the passing game, although he said the running game can also improve. The WVU head coach said that the team won’t change its offensive philosophy, but the coaches and players will need to figure out what the main issue has been through four games.
Currently, the Mountaineers are No. 74 in the nation in passing yards, No. 69 in rushing yards and No. 110 in points for. Through four games, WVU has only combined for 82 total points and it has averaged 18 points per game. In two games this season, the Mountaineers have scored below 10 points. The defensive side of the ball, however, has vastly improved from the 2012 season. West Virginia is No. 33 in points against with a 19.3-mark overall.
Currently, the Mountaineers are 2-2 following wins over William & Mary and Georgia State and losses to Oklahoma and Maryland.