The Mountaineers (5-0, 2-0) will play a second regular-season game in Texas in as many weeks against Texas Tech, an occasion that would seem to underscore the travel travails WVU may endure in its first Big 12 season.
Holgorsen said isn't as daunting as many want to make it out to be.
"It's probably a little easier than driving to Cincinnati," he said. "It's the same as flying to South Florida. It's an hour longer than flying to Rutgers. All that's about the same. It was 2 hours, 45 minutes there and 2:15 back. We were on the plane probably an extra hour, so the routine is no different. I don't view it as a big deal. We had zero glitches. There's no difference in my mind."
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THE WVU-TEXAS game was the top-rated college football game in primetime Saturday, earning ratings better than Notre Dame-Miami on NBC and Ohio State-Nebraska on ABC.
The game's 3.2/6 rating was 14 percent higher than the previous week's Texas-Oklahoma State game.
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HOLGORSEN EXTENDED the narrative about injured running back Shawne Alston, who has missed the past two games and barely played in the one before that. Alston, who wasn't with the team for either of the past two games, despite the first being at home, continues to recover from a deep thigh bruise.
Holgorsen said Alston has practiced both of the past two weeks, but that Alston hasn't been able to return to form.
"It's like I said last week," Holgorsen said. "He gave it a go a couple days and it didn't work so we didn't travel with him. He stayed home and got treatment Friday, Saturday and Sunday and was in there (Monday) getting treatment."
Running back Andrew Buie started a third straight game in Alston's place and had career-high totals with 31 carries and 207 yards.
He also caught three passes for 66 yards. Holgorsen had been reluctant just this season to give Buie as much work. He'd welcome Alston's return for that reason.
"He takes that thing 31 times and gets popped 31 times and he' blocking hard and running routes, which is taxing," Holgorsen said. "That wear and tear is something to be concerned with."
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