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Clint Trickett threw for 254 yards on 27-of-43 passing against Texas Tech, but West Virginia’s offense stalled on its final five series.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — For one week at least, Dana Holgorsen wasn’t bashful about revealing his starting quarterback.

West Virginia’s coach said he plans to go with Clint Trickett when the Mountaineers (3-4, 1-3) visit Kansas State (2-4, 0-3) on Saturday. That’s the only option that makes sense with freshman Ford Childress (pectoral) out indefinitely and junior Paul Millard seemingly typecast in a backup role due to a limited skill set.

Trickett completed 27-of-43 passes for 254 yards and one touchdown against Texas Tech, but guided the offense to just one first down on the final five series in a 37-27 loss. After throwing three interceptions in his first two starts, Trickett did not have a pass picked off against Texas Tech. At least not officially—one underthown interception was negated by a defensive holding flag.

“I do think he played his best game, (but) not a winning performance,” Holgorsen said. “We made progress. We made some things happen, moved the ball, scored some points and got the ball in the end zone several times.

“We had a chance to win a game at home—we didn’t get it done in the fourth quarter.”

Trickett led WVU to an upset of then-No. 11 Oklahoma State on Sept. 28, despite a fourth-quarter hit that created a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder. The injury left Trickett wincing after almost every throw in the ensuing week’s 73-42 loss at Baylor, but coming off a bye week, the junior played pain-free against Texas Tech.

“He’s healthy, so he’ll be able to rep Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, which is the first time he’s been able to do that in quite some time. We’ll give him the majority of the reps and try to get him better.”

The late fade against Texas Tech dropped West Virginia to 5-8 in Big 12 games.

“The depth is an issue. The depth needs to continue to change,” Holgorsen said. “Our second- and third-team guys are not as good as what they need to be to compete against the likes of Baylor and Texas Tech over the last couple of weeks.”

The West Virginia-Kansas State kickoff is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Eastern and will be televised on FoxSports1. MetroNews radio affiliates around the state will have wrap-around coverage stretching from three hours pregame until three hours postgame.

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  • jerry

    so true alex . it takes time to get good players were getting there . coach stew didnt recruit anyone now were paying for it now . rich rod took him awhile we got there in 2 years we will be there again .

  • Joe

    Let's support the kids folks. It doesn't make sense to start barking about William Crest. I thought we had a highly-touted recruit in Ford Childress? He has only started 2 games, and let's face it, warts and all, Trickett is coming along. I think he the guy next year and will do well with 1/2 a year of starts under his belt. No reason to stress about Crest right now.

  • Judge Judy

    Oliver Luck ruined WVU's football program. We should NEVER have went to the Big 12! That was the worst mistake ever! We will NEVER do well in this conference. Holgorsen is a joke and needs to be fired immediately. He's the worst coach I can remember WVU having. Thank you, Mr. Luck, you had an agenda to destroy our football program before you move on to Texas and you've achieved it!

    • cutty77

      @ Judge Judy,
      I don't like your TV show,but now your a Football,and Conference expert. Stay in Huntington, please .

    • BH

      WV's entry into the Big 12 is Oliver Luck's best achievement for WVU. Not good are the contracts for Coach Holgorsen and Coach Huggins. Neither are worth that much money.

    • Big Larry


  • JaneM

    Good post Cutty77. WVU, and the kids are very important....

  • cutty77

    Everybody slow down here. Since 2007 WVU has won 3 BCS Bowls games,against The SEC,The Big 12,and The ACC or as i like to call them The Atlantic Choke Conference. 3 Different Coaches Rich Rod,Stew,and yes Dana. Name how many schools has done that in The Same Time span. We complained about Geno Last year too. Guess what Geno is leading The NFL in come from behind wins with 4. Support WVU,and The Kids.

  • Jack

    Morgantown is not one of your hot destinations for the top football and basketball recruits. Even though Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher are native West Virginians, do you think they would even consider coming to WVU. WVU is in one of the most competitive conferences in the country now, so let the coaches bring in the recruits to be able to compete.

  • John

    I guess he is the best of the worst (talent wise these might be great kids) group of QB's I've seen at WVU since I was a freshman at WVU in 1986. I hope William Crest the incoming freshman is given the reigns to the team immediately. We need a dual threat kid. Trickett throws the ball with limited velocity and isn't the fastest qb we've ever had at WVU.


    hold the rope, I'm just saying, and this not a statement for Rich Rod to come back...

    We will get there boys and girls

    • MojoJojo

      Wasn't Dana Holgorsen the Skipper of the SS minnow in a prior life? Or was he Gilligan?

      • Judge Judy


  • Chef Camille

    The QB guru can't recruit a QB because he is not a HC.

  • Alex

    I have seen the video on the young man named William Crest he is 6 foot four 190 pounds fast on his feet.... Just what we need ... I think those who remember Pat White will really enjoy this young man....

    • big tom

      he's listed a 6'2"

  • Doug

    Go to and look at recruiting. West Virginia has a QB coming in named William Crest that I bet will start next year. A dual threat. We are going to need that with this offensive line. This kid looks pretty good.

    • Joe

      That is going to be the dumbest decision that could ever be made !!!! Why would you develop Trickett and then start a true freshman? Preposterous

  • wvajoker

    The Four Jackasses have recruited a bunch of armchair coaches and doomsayers to park at the corral gate and bray their drivel. Maybe if WVU was smart they would hire some of you that have ALL the answers. The only thing wrong is you don;t know the questions. Maybe you all should open your eyes. If any of the players and coaches read these comments, they shore would not have any desire to go out every Saturday. You guys are being ridiculous, but go ahead and bray. They way everyone will be able to recognize you for what you really are.

    • Big Larry

      The Four Horseman will always stand strong...and that is no joke....

  • Mountaineer fanatic

    Just a thought, wait till after Va Tech plays Fl. St. and Clemson. They will also play Miami. Then tell me how great they are.

    Lets Gooooooo Mountaineers!!!!!

    • Greg

      Even truer than Alex's comment. Wouldn't be surprised to see Mighty Duke spank the Gobblers this year. Would someone please call me when VPI actually wins something?

  • Alex

    I see a lot of people still want to run Dana out of Morgantown, it is not going to happen. Oliver Luck knows how and what it takes to build a program. We are a year at least away from having the program that it takes to compete in the big 12 to win and be ranked somewhere in the top 25... People we need players.. We only have enough freshmen and sophomores participating in and junior-college transfers and yes there is some sprinkled in junior and senior here and there not speak of. Good plays win games ... Take the big time name schools ... Alabama, FSU . Oregon. Ohio St . Just a sample... All have good players .. Just a few years look back at some schools and look where they are now.. Texas.. Tennessee, Wisconsin,USC Nebraska. These schools are down now... From where they were at years ago they were on top.. They do not have very good players that's the way the cycle works... Alabama what 6 years ago was down didn't have a very good team had to get a new coach got good players ... WVU coach has had to recruiting classes this year's freshmen and sophomores... I know many of you all will not pick up on this post and many of you will, but what I have spoken is why WVU is not undefeated and why they are not winning every game . Good players make good teams , and win

    • Moon

      If you can't recruit off the Orange Bowl win and the departure of Geno, Tavon and year later..then you have a problem. I am not foolish enough to think that every kid is going to love Morgantown and WVU as much as I do...but Dana had the year of the Orange Bowl to get exposure and he should have closed some deals. With Geno's departure he should have been able to get a serious quarterback recruit or two....he is in that situation again. At what point is he responsible for the players? I would say that time has come. Everybody plays with freshman and sophomore talent.

      • Bryan

        As WVU has seen in the past not every recruit pans out, the two qb's Holgorsen recruited were highly regarded qb's in football rich Texas, they just haven't panned out. Now he has another highly regaurded qb from Maryland coming in and only time will tell if he pans out. With young athletes some underachieve some overachieve no way to tell for sure which way they go until they play.

    • big tom

      so , when do we start getting the good players

    • Greg

      So true.

    • Bryan

      Thank you Alex, finally someone on the same page.

  • Ron Jeremy

    Problem with the hot seat rankings:

    ---- the rankings do not take into account the ability of the school to put the heat on the coach. WVU should not be in the top 20 until we can come up with the cash to buy out Holgy.