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West Virginia quarterback Paul Millard won his first college start, though it included more hand-offs than a typical Dana Holgorsen offense.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Numbers can be deceivingly refracted, but the 65-to-6 disparity in Week 1 snaps sure felt conclusive: Paul Millard is West Virginia’s starting quarterback.

Clint Trickett, however, remains a developing option at No. 2 and might be called upon against Oklahoma next Saturday.

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Clint Trickett was 0-for-2 passing against William & Mary, but could be called upon against Oklahoma. “Depends on how the game goes,” Holgorsen said.

“I still think Clint brings something to the table that (Millard) doesn’t, so we will continue to rep Clint,” coach Dana Holgorsen said Monday.

With the Mountaineers on the verge of being stunned by William & Mary, Millard orchestrated a second-half rally and a 24-17 victory. An usually heavy reliance on the running game meant Millard wasn’t pressured to win the game with his arm—in fact, his 25 pass attempts were the fewest for a Holgorsen starter since he became a Division I coach in 2000.

“He did a good job of managing the game, and I thought he got us into several really good run checks.” Holgorsen said.

When Millard did throw it, the results were positive: A 69-yard scoring bomb to Ronald Carswell and a 76-percent completion rate hurt by three passes that glanced off receivers’ hands. With Holgorsen expected to rotate quarterbacks, Millard gave way to Trickett for only two second-quarter possessions, each of which ended in three-and-outs.

“Really happy with how Paul performed, and right now it looks like he’s our guy,” Holgorsen said. “But with that said, we’ll continue to rep Clint to get him in position to use him when we need him, because more than likely we’re going to need him at some point.”

That point may arrive as soon as Saturday, when WVU heads to Norman, Okla., as a 21-point underdog.

“It all depends on how the game goes,” Holgorsen said. “(Trickett) has played against Oklahoma before, and he knows what kind of speed that they have, what kind of athletic ability that they have. He’s been in that situation before, so I think he’ll help us from a maturity standpoint and being able to move the ball if we need to.

“We’ve just got to continue to rep him. He doesn’t understand the offense as well as Paul.”

While Holgorsen said the 409 yards West Virginia compiled “might seem satisfying to some,” there was nothing satisfying about his offense going three-and-out six times on 12 drives (the end-of-half, one-play possession excluded). Nor was he happy about WVU forfeiting early momentum with a negative-yardage play that stalled the second drive and led to a 55-yard field goal miss. Another promising drive to open the third quarter ended at the William & Mary 5.

“I don’t care about stats, I don’t care about numbers — I care about being efficient,” Holgorsen said. “There’s a lot of times we weren’t very efficient in finishing drives, but that’s part of the process with inexperienced kids.”

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  • Tim C

    I don't care who plays QB as long as they play well.

  • Bruce

    I was going to make a football post, then realized I'm in the wrong place.

  • WVU fan

    where the heck was the star Kevin white? Maybe he can play QB also this program is turning into a big hot mess. Maybe we need to get Bill back in the coaching position. I rather have another 9 win season than to lose 5 in a row.

  • Florida Boy

    Doc Holiday smells like something that passed through the system of a 90 year old women.

  • wvrefugee

    Millard was clearly the better QB last Saturday.....and he's terrible!!! That's what scares us!

  • msaunders

    Come on.people it was the first game. It wasn't a pretty one we have a lot of young players. When they come together ad a team it will get better. I think they took William and marry a little light we will play better at Oklahoma hopefully Kevin white can play

  • BigBadJohnHenry

    I went to Morgantown Friday night. We went out to a nice restaurant. Mistakingly I left the game tickets on the front seat of the car. When we came back out after dinner, we found the car window was broken out.
    *%$#. We also found on the front seat six additional tickets for Saturday's game. Double *&%#.
    That just isn't right. We didn't do anything to justify such abuse.

    • EPR

      K thnx bye.....

      • Larry

        Great line, keep using it, very clever!

    • BH


  • BigBadJohnHenry

    Cannot wait for WVU to fire Holgorsen at the end of this season and then go hire Doc Holliday away from Marshall. Marshall hired the good coach and WVU hired a flaming brown bag of dog poop.

    • EPR

      K thnx bye...

  • BigBadJohnHenry

    Three and out. Three and out. That sure is a "nice" option to have at QB.

    • EPR

      K thnx bye..

  • Protechcpa

    We will all know a lot more about this team after the Oklahoma game. All concerned may have been looking ahead. WVU often plays up or down to the competition. We have seen that before. The coaches may have been holding some options back so OK does not have game film on everything (I really hope this is true). Look at last year against OK. We pulled out a wrinkle. Look for something like that again in Norman. A win? Not likely. Let's hope for an improvement over last week.

  • BigBadJohnHenry

    I am so glad I did not renew my season tickets this year after 27 years. What a crappy team this Holgorsen cat has bestowed upon us. Enough of the re-building excuses. This team completely sucks. This head coach completely sucks. So glad I am not wasting $400+ on game days anymore and supporting this crap. It looked like there were about 5000 empty seats on TV.
    The "new" uniforms were completely hideous. Fugly, fugly, fugly. Everything is becoming second rate under Holgorsen and Luck very rapidly.

    • Larry

      About 9,000 empty, the attendance was around 56,000.

    • scott

      same comments from same kinda fans when Richrod showed up

    • EPR

      K thnx bye......

  • tony

    i just wish Millard would be more in the face of everybody. its ok to be stoic like Pat White was but you have to show some intensity. its weird Millard comes off looking almost like he doesn't really like football, its a job or something.. he did fine but he doesn't look like he's having a good time at all.

  • Justin

    As a parent u expext the best from your child, u don't give them gifts for D+ plus grades, such as a fan doesn't praise a team for playing D+ football. Was last year a rebuilding year also? Its a put up or shut world and its magnified when your making big dollars.

    • EPR


      • Justin

        Thank you grammar king...

  • Chef Camille

    Thank goodness the Pirates are in a pennant race. Maybe through late October I could be watching baseball. By then the train wreck will be over and we can start posting about all the great "three star" recruits that will be coming or better yet we can start beating up on Huggins.

    • EPR

      Who cares about baseball? Watching baseball on purpose is like wiping before you poop. It doesn't make sense.

      • Larry

        True, very true, I was going to watch a baseball game the other day, and then I remembered I had some paint I had to watch dry.

  • joey