Still Close

Staff Writer
Posted Oct 7, 2013

On paper, West Virginia's 73-42 loss to Baylor might have looked like this is a WVU team that is much further away from being a good team as the coaching staff might have originally thought.

But Monday on the Big 12 media teleconference, head coach Dana Holgorsen made it clear that he didn't believe that was the case.

"I think we're still close to being a good football team," Holgorsen said.

"I'd like to think it was a combination of us being a little bit worn out and Baylor being pretty damn good."

Baylor came into the game having played just one game in 28 days, while West Virginia was playing its sixth-straight game without a bye week to open the season. During the call, the third-year head coach said that might have had something to do with the outcome as well.

Baylor was ready to play.

"We didn't play as well as we'd hoped," Holgorsen said. "Baylor was prepared, they were fresh, they were fast, they were energized."

"Baylor had revenge on their mind. They didn't like what happened last year."

Last year's memorable showdown between the two schools resulted in 133 points and was back and forth the entire game. This season, Baylor didn't skip a beat. The Bears were fast and moved down the score seemingly at will in the first half en route to scoring 56 points in the first two quarters of play.

With an inexperienced offense that was struggling to get much momentum going in the passing game, the Mountaineer offense just wasn't able to keep up.

"We don't have the fire power to get in a track meet," Holgorsen said. "The biggest difference from what I see out of them is the physicalness they're playing with up front offensively and defensively as well."

Heading into the bye week, Holgorsen said his team will just have to keep working to get back to where it needs to be after this loss.

We still have moving parts on offense. We took a step back defensively, obviously," Holgorsen said. "Baylor is going to do that to a lot of people this year. We just got to keep plugging away."

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