If nothing else, it's an illustration of this team's greatest flaw.
WVU makes things harder on itself than it needs to. This is not an efficient football team. Oh, the Mountaineers do convert third downs. They're one of the better teams in the red zone. But that's not really what we mean by efficient.
Efficiency is measured by the ease with which you do things and the Mountaineers do very few things with ease. They don't force turnovers. They're a little better than average in third down defense (No. 48) and well below average in red zone defense (No. 86) and much of that has to do with not getting turnovers. Negative running plays have made up for 226 lost yards and though a lot of that comes from allowing 16 sacks, that's a lot of sacks that affect the rest of the series.
All of that eludes special teams, which has this strange little habit of producing a new problem when it fixes an older one.
This is, in some way, a familiar failing for WVU.
For the past few seasons, the Mountaineers have had a hard time getting out of their own way. They alternately struggled with creating and distributing turnovers, penalties, kickoff return coverage, short-yardage runs and some other things. This season is merely new items on an old list.
The frustration with what is now a pattern of inefficiency got to Holgorsen. Throughout the season, he maintained that the schemes and the play calls are not the problems on offense and he's hoped the players could right themselves. Now, though, he's a little less hopeful about the problems and the players because he's changing those schemes and plays calls.
"It's maybe more subconsciously than anything," he said. "Our third down stuff was better this week based on how we approached second down, to be honest with you."
That approach won't solve every problem, but it does put a spotlight on what's happening at WVU (6-3, 2-2 Big East), a place where the team would and could be better if it made an easy fix: Stop making things so hard.
"There was some good stuff on all three sides of the ball, but none of those sides put a winning performance up there," Holgorsen said after the 38-35 loss to Louisville. "Offensively, you can talk about yards and 35 points and whatever it is - it wasn't enough. We did too many things wrong to not win on that side.
"Same thing defensively. We came up with some good stuff, but we didn't get enough turnovers. They had an eight-minute drive offensively to end the game and that's discouraging. Defensively, we did some things that were OK, but it wasn't a winning performance.
"Obviously, the same thing with special teams. As good as the kickoff coverage was and the field position that was gained on kickoff returns was, the other stuff wasn't a winning performance."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.