Trickett passed 50 times and completed 24 for 309 yards and a touchdown, but also two interceptions. The offense went from 2.8 yards per attempt in the 37-0 loss to Maryland to 6.3 yards per attempt against an Oklahoma State defense that encouraged WVU to take its chances over the top of the secondary.
The Mountaineers had 38-, 40- and 44-yard receptions, the first time they had three pass plays of at least 30 yards in a game this season.
"It was apparent the first four games we weren't having fun on offense," Trickett said. "We were pressing and tense. I was just like, 'Let's go have fun and throw some deep balls.' We did that."
WVU also went from six first downs against the Terrapins to 21 against the Cowboys and from 47 snaps to a season-high 90. In practice during the week, Dawson wanted his coaches to let mistakes slide and not interrupt the flow of things by stopping to make corrections.
Dawson thought it would encourage his players to relax more and worry less about errors, but that it would also get the offense in a rhythm they could take to the game.
"I thought we played lot more relaxed and I think the speed of the game and the tempo allowed for that," he said. "It takes a lot of thinking out."
The Mountaineers made mistakes in the game, too. A reconfigured offensive line couldn't consistently protect Trickett, who used his feet to keep many plays alive. The running game totaled 68 yards on 39 attempts. Receivers ran routes that contributed to Trickett's two interceptions. Trickett was even guilty of improvising from before the snap all the way through the whistle.
"There were times out there we ran something we didn't work on all week," Dawson said. "I don't even know what the hell it was, but it worked."
Trickett confessed with a smile and said it was part of the communication problems he still has to overcome, but he said the offense was prepared by practice to make something out of nothing.
"There were some times that happened in the game and we messed up a couple things, but we had so much good momentum, we were going fast, we had a lot of long drives and we were on the ball pretty quickly," he said. "That's adapting and not worrying about the last mistake. Keep moving. Keep on playing."
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