MORGANTOWN. W.Va. — Dana Holgorsen warned us he was “going to sound silly” and promptly delivered.

His contention? That West Virginia actually had more passing game opportunities during Saturday’s 16-7 loss to Oklahoma than it did during last year’s 50-49 shootout against the Sooners.

“Our pass game was better schemed and we had more open guys this year than we did last year,” Holgorsen said Tuesday afternoon. “Stedman (Bailey) had a great game last year but he made catches when the guy was right here in his hip pocket.

“We had more open guys (Saturday), and we didn’t do a very good job of hitting those open guys and we didn’t do a very good job of catching the ball when we did have open plays.”

Hey, we’ll defer to the coach on how WVU could have more open receivers while netting 42 fewer points. (After all, Holgorsen was solely referencing the passing game and NOT the night-lightning Tavon Austin provided running the ball.) Yet how does Holgoren feel about all those opportunities adding up to a single touchdown in Norman?

“I feel like crap right now,” he said.

Paul Millard, whose two-game tenure as the starting quarterback is in jeopardy, completed 21-of-41 passes for 218 yards with no touchdowns and one interception Saturday night. (Conversely, Geno Smith was 20-of-35 for 320 yards, four scores and two interceptions last November.)

For a second consecutive week, Holgorsen attached the term “embarrassing” to West Virginia’s output. While new players abound on offense, the learning curve became frustrating when the Mountaineers missed a golden chance to upset Oklahoma.

“I accept full responsibility for seven points—it’s embarrassing,” Holgorsen said. “I’ve got the utmost respect for Bob and Mike Stoops, but with that said, seven points is embarrassing and we need to fix it.”

Watch Holgorsen’s complete Tuesday news conference above.

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  • WVU MA 82

    Really, would we not be happy with a 6-5 Freshman QB? Millard seems okay, but, okay does not make it in the Big 12. Trickett does not seem okay, and, probably will not work out for WVU. Time will tell. However, Childress has a proven arm in practice, and, he must learn the system in order to be productive. Unfortunately, he does not have much time for studying. I would suggest Dana throw him in the trenches, and let him prove what he has said from day one--"I want to play for four years" What a great attitude for any worker to have.

    We actually can learn from a Georgia State game--by the way, did you see the Panthers play the Tide? Talk about trying to develop a program.

  • Mark

    The "leadership" problem has been identified. He wears black. Who burns 3 timeouts in 11 minutes and then curses a rookie quarterback for forgetting they're inexplicably gone ? The kid is a redshirt junior - that means he last played in high school 4 years ago. Think anyone reminded him he had no timeouts before hand ? With all the yelling, cursing & throwing things going on I see nothing positive happening when the going gets tough. We need to score lots of points fast and play with a lead because we don't know how to keep calm and work through adversity to earn a win.

  • donutfiend77

    The reason he wears black is because of the constant checking in the offense. In a sea of Blue and Gold, the black sticks out and the QB can find him quickly; it makes him stand out on the sideline....you guys all noticed quickly.

  • wv bud

    Kinda like the original man in black[Dale Earnhardt] . Let him do it his way.He is a winner.

  • Big E

    William what is your problem with sweatsuits did some bad happen to You when you were young like a sweatsuit did something bad to you, and black polo shirts did they do something bad because that seems like all You can talk about. if winning and losing was as easy as which colored polo to wear or if Huggins wears a sweatsuit or suit and tie I would agree with you so come up with some new material or stay off this site and all other true Mountaineer sites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wvajoker

    I think you need to get over the pettiness and the childish nicknames. He has his own style the same as you and me. He is an individual just like you and me. If being childish and petty is your style than I will accept it but I do not think you should flaunt it in these comments, because that is my style.

  • ducks in a row

    Sometimes this place, well, just cracks me up.

  • Chad

    Big Larry,

    #1. First let me say the whole "man in black" thing is dumb. So what the man likes black. Get over it. On the whole QB thing, I think Millard will probably start and play 1 or 2 series then we will see the other 2 the rest of the way. I would like to see Trickett and Ford only but probably won't happen.

    #2. The white helmets look cool and so does the uniform. Embrace change it won't kill you.

    #3. I don't think 5-7. I don't really know how many WVU will win but looking at the BigXII this year, there are some winnable games. Georgia St. (cupcake) Maryland (if we can keep up with OUs WRs then theirs shouldn't cause a problem) Anyone we play at home we should have a punchers chance (maybe not Ok St. but all the rest) Kansas (cupcake) TCU (tough but not impossible). So, Im not saying we win all of those but I believe we go to a bowl at least this year.

    #4. Deforest might be fired but I doubt it. Already players that were named by SI are saying that its not true and do is Joe. It's he said they said stuff right now and without proof the NCAA won't do anything.

    #5. I agree. WVU wins big and easy.

    #6. Smith will get plenty of carries this Saturday. DH said the reason he didnt get more vs OU is because of rotation and he has to learn how to block on passing downs.

    #7. When did DH ever say that he wants his QBs to run the football? I've heard him say he wants them to extend the play and make something happen but run, No. DH wants his QBs to move in the pocket, roll out if need be, avoid pressure, that's it. DH isn't looking for the next Pat White.

    #8. Allen Taylor good job.

    #9. ----------

    • Big Larry

      Chad,

      I wish I would have thought about all of those things....

      I like "The Man in Black"...

      Keep in mind that the coach is a rogue, a rebel, a nonconformist first and foremost. He doesn't do what other people want him to do...he marches to the beat of his own drum...He takes orders from no one, Its his way or the Highway....He refuses to adapt to the WVU Blue and Gold...He is a lot like Bob "Sweatsuit" Huggins...what ever the typical coach does, they do just the opposite...They are both concerned with destroying conformity. They both live according to their terms...not those of Oliver Luck. These two men both love to wear black. They have a different set of values priorities and culture than everyone else...

      And you say "The man in Black" is dumb?

      • Chris

        That is why he's divorced...me too

      • Chad

        Sorry but yes, I say "the man in black" is dumb. So what if doesnt wear Old Gold & Blue all the time. Do you? I don't. I wear plenty of WVU stuff and will be a fan for the rest of my life but if I wear a black, green, white, purple, or any other colored shirt I dont fell less of a fan or less dedicated. And so what if he "doesn't adapt to the Old Gold and Blue" does that make him less of a coach. RichRod was from our great state and embraced the Old Gold & Blue and still screwed us over. Stewart was as WVU as one could be but he wasn't a good coach. What are you wanting the man to be? I want him to win, that's it just win. I don't care if he hates our school colors or acts arrogant or picks his nose or says "you know" a million times in a 5 minute interview. He's a FOOTBALL coach! Not a member of my family. I'll wear enough Old Gold and Blue for him, I'll love this state for him, I'll remember that I was born and raised here and he wasn't. Just win that'll be enough for me and should be enough for any fan with a brain.

        • Big E

          Well said Chad finally someone with a brain and a true mountaineer on here

    • Brian

      Finally someone that pays attention, has common sense and knows football.

      Lets go mountaineers

  • blugldmn

    I love holgorsen.. I think he's doing time..

    Just have some patience ..

    Most of you are pathetic with your comments...

  • WV Redneck

    @big larry

    1. How about we give Childress a couple games by himself instead.

    2. The white helmets help the QB see their receivers better. Although one could make a case that they can't see them either.

    3. I think they will beat Georgia St., Texas, Kansas, and Iowa St. And maybe even Kansas St. So I'm calling it 6 & 6.

    4. I agree and if the story is true, he should be.

    5. Eh, 30 to 13

    6. Check your math. 25.6 yard average.

    7. We're not exactly the School of choice for top tier recruits is why. Gotta take the best we can get and make the most of their talent so maybe one day...

    8. Nuf said

  • J

    It's amazing how many people break down the film of the game each week. Lol They Say the coach s***ks. It's his fault that the QB threw the ball short or the recievers fumbled after the catch or QB threw into double coverage instead of the open guy or punt returner fumbled. Coaches coach. Players have to make plays. Hopefully they improve each week, I think they will.

  • WV Redneck

    Ok, we've seen Millard and we've seen Trickett. How about you give Childress all the reps for a week or two and lets see how he does.

    The game this weekend would be a great time to ease him in as the starter.

    • Chris

      I wood lyke too see Childress NOW. start develuping his talants now and sacrifise this seeson if need bee. But now is the tyme.

  • Big Larry

    Before you throw too many stones, I am 2-0 on my predictions of WVU football. Yes, I was off a little on the final score but I still predicted a WVU loss. With that being said...

    1. I would like to see Tricket play the first half and Ford Childress play the second. However that probably won't happen. Dana "The Man in Black" Holgorsen rolled the dice and came up with Millard and I think he is too stubborn to change. Look for Millard to get the majority of the reps next Saturday.

    2. Those White Helmets looked cheesy...Overall the white uniforms looked pretty good.

    3. WVU finishes 5-7 this season....Get used too it!

    4. Joe Deforest will soon be gone. Those SI allegations will not go away. He is Holgorsen's boy and this could come back to bite him. This whole thing could get ugly.

    5. Look for WVU to defeat Georgia State 45-10.

    6. Demetrius Smith averaged more than 27 yards per carry against Oklahoma for a total of 77 yards. Will Holgorsen Allow Smith to carry the ball more than 3 times against Georgia State? That will depend on how well Millard is throwing the ball.

    7. Holgorsen wants the QB's to be able to run the football but he recruits QBs who cannot run. How does that work?

    8. As always, Allan Taylor is doing an excellent job of reporting on Mountaineer football. Thanks Allan!

    9. That's all I got...

    • Steve

      You "gotta" go into coaching and join ESPN prediction staff. We have so many experts for fans. I think you should live in Vegas.

    • Jay

      This WVU team will win more than five games. It will also be viewed as an overall better team than the 2012 Mountaineers by season's end.

    • Say What?

      His name is Dreamius Smith!!!! Not Demetrius!

      • Big Larry

        I like Demetrius better...Did you know who was talking about? That's what I thought....

  • Chad

    William is a herd loving, Stewart worshiping, good ole boy, from the sticks that should always be ignored. I know I'm replying right now but if we just let him vomit his stupidity without reply his tiny brain will shut down and fade into a distant memory of "the lads will match the mountains" speech.

  • wvrefugee

    HAL MUMME!