MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The trip back to campus Saturday night was not pleasant for West Virginia's coaches and players, but Sunday gave the Mountaineers a new start to the next week and another game to prepare for.
"We have plenty of things to work on, as we're all smart enough to understand," Coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. "We went back to work Sunday and went out and had a good practice. Kids are resilient, way more resilient than the coaches, I assure you that."
That might seem like surprising behavior from a team that committed six turnovers and had 175 yards of offense in a 37-0 loss, but it merely extended what Holgorsen has come to expect from his third team.
"Our guys have done everything we've asked them to do for eight months," he said. "That goes back to January after I had that sick feeling in my stomach about Syracuse. We came in here, we met and we went to work and they've done everything we've asked them to do for eight months."
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REDSHIRT FRESHMAN quarterback Ford Childress will make his third consecutive start in Saturday's game (ESPN, noon) against No. 11 Oklahoma State at Mountaineer Field. Holgorsen was nevertheless asked why junior Clint Trickett has only played six snaps this season.
"I evaluate them every day in practice," he said. "You don't."
Holgorsen was then asked why he bothered to accept Trickett as a transfer from Florida State, where he made two starts in 17 games in two seasons.
"Why do I have 120 guys on the team? Because I made the decision to have them on the team," he said. "You never know what the finished product is going to look like."
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JUST LIKE WVU (2-2, 0-1 Big 12), the Cowboys (3-0) have started two different quarterbacks this season. Senior Clint Chelf was the starter in the opener, but he shared time with sophomore J.W. Walsh. Walsh has started the past two games.
While Holgorsen and Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy started the season open to the idea of playing two quarterbacks, neither will play more than one now.
"I think people play different quarterbacks when they have two quarterbacks who bring something different to the table," Holgorsen said. "The three guys we have are all pocket guys. There's not an option guy.
"Looking at Oklahoma State and following them pretty closely - and Coach Gundy knows a thing or two about quarterbacks in his own right - with the guys they've got, they bring something different to the table. What J.W. Walsh brings to the table is different from what Clint Chelf brings to the table."
Walsh has completed 59 of 84 passes for 642 yards and five touchdowns, but he also leads the team with 184 yards rushing on 25 attempts. The Cowboys can make use of option elements with Walsh in the game that weren't part of the plan for Chelf.