MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Two days after vowing to stick with his starting quarterback following a 37-0 loss against Maryland, West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen stuck with the theory it wasn't all Ford Childress' fault.
Childress, the redshirt freshman from Houston, was 11-for-22 for 62 yards and two interceptions that facilitated two Maryland touchdowns. It was his second career start after replacing Paul Millard following a 16-7 loss to Oklahoma.
"I see bigger issues," Holgorsen said Monday on the Big 12 coaches' teleconference. "Obviously, there are some things Ford can do to improve on what his performance was. When Paul was in there, there were some things he could have done to improve on his performance. The bigger issue is me.
"I've got to do a better a better job getting guys prepared to play. I've got to do a better job calling plays. I've got to do a better job on all three sides of the ball getting guys motivated and prepared to play. I didn't do a very good job of that last week, so it's got to start with me. I've got to do a better job and that's got to start this week."
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Childress completed two passes to his inside receivers Saturday. One was his first throw on the first drive and went for 12 yards to Ronald Childress. The second was his last throw on the last drive and went for 11 yards to Cody Clay.
In between, he was 0-for-7 and had an interception returned for a touchdown and an interception that set up a touchdown.
A week after saying the offense needed to get running back Charles Sims involved in the passing game, Sims caught eight passes for 33 yards. He was targeted 10 times.
"It would be nice to get the receivers the ball," Holgorsen said. "That's why they're called receivers, so they can catch the ball every now and then. We're pretty inept at that, but we're working hard.
"We've got guys that want to play. We've got guys in position. We're just not clicking. That falls 100 percent on me. I'm not pointing the finger at anybody other than me. I've got to coach better and we've got to get out and execute like we know how to do."
A year ago, Maryland's defense allowed WVU 25 yards rushing on 25 attempts and three offensive touchdowns. That 31-21 Mountaineers win was a 14-14 game in the second quarter.
Brian Stewart, in his second season at Maryland's defensive coordinator, spent the prior two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Houston, where the Cougars used the offense Holgorsen installed in 2008-09.
"You've got to give Maryland some credit," Holgorsen said. "I think that's a pretty good team that's really good on defense. They gave us fits last year when we had all those good players running around. All that experience we had and they still gave us fits last year."