MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Coach Dana Holgorsen suggested Monday that none of the injuries affecting West Virginia players in Saturday’s loss are season-ending.
Bandit safety Toyous Avery (hand) and kicker Mike Molina (hip) were ruled out before the 50-39 loss to Oklahoma State, while linebacker Xavier Preston (knee) and reserve nose tackle Jalen Harvey (shoulder) left during the game.
“That’s college football,” Holgorsen said. “All of them are day-to-day and should be practicing tomorrow.”
Not physical on film
Having evaluated Saturday’s game on video, Holgorsen reiterated his postgame impression that the Mountaineers weren’t tough enough at the line of scrimmage.
Attempts to reinvigorate the running game yielded only 62 yards on 30 attempts, with the sack-adjusted totals showing 2.4 yards per carry
“I knew going into that game that Oklahoma State was a physical football team, and I thought we had kind of gotten to the point where we were the same kind of team,” he said. “But that wasn’t the case on Saturday.”
Simplified defense struggles
Anticipating Oklahoma State’s tempo, defensive coordinator Tony Gibson simplified his defensive game plan. Yet West Virginia surrendered 50 points with defenders occasionally blowing assignments.
“We would have one or two guys not doing the right thing and that just blows my mind,” Gibson said. “We didn’t have a lot of calls because I wanted them to play fast. We had a couple simple checks, that’s all.”
Saturday’s brutal 2-for-15 showing on third downs dropped West Virginia’s offense to 35.3 percent for the season, which ranks seventh in the conference and 98th nationally.
“That’s just unacceptable,” said offensive coordinator Jake Spavital. “All week we talked about minimizing mistakes, minimizing negative plays and penalties and I thought we were awful at that. We ended up playing behind the chains.”
West Virginia’s average yardage to gain on those possession downs was third-and-7.
The two third-down conversions were the fewest for a Mountaineers offense since the 37-0 loss at Maryland in 2013.
Grier in the aftermath
Will Grier remains among the top 10 nationally in passing efficiency. despite four interceptions that were the most by a WVU quarterback since Jarrett Brown tossed four at Auburn in 2009.
After two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, Grier remains atop the FBS with 28.
K-State kickoff time
The Big 12 announced that West Virginia’s Nov. 11 game at Kansas State will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. The network will be determined next weekend.