"We just ignored it and kept grinding ... and believed in what coach says to us."
That coach, Dana Holgorsen, had steered WVU (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) into the Oklahoma State game as three-touchdown underdog at Mountaineer Field. How rare is that? Well, only the Miami Hurricanes in 1994 and Penn State Nittany Lions in 1986 have been favored by three scores in Morgantown. That '94 Miami team went into bowl season ranked No. 3 with a shot at a national title. The '86 Penn State team did, in fact, win a national championship.
WVU didn't win either of those regular season games.
Holgorsen detractors won't like this, but Saturday's triumph makes him 5-4 against the nationally ranked. For comparison's sake, the late and great Bill Stewart only had four opportunities against ranked teams in three-plus seasons (he went 2-2).
This is the third consecutive season WVU has defeated a top 15 team. Holgorsen is the first coach here to pull off that feat.
Holgorsen is also the only WVU football coach with a winning record against ranked opponents. Through 31 games, he is 20-11 overall. Rich Rodriguez went 3-8 against ranked teams through the 31-game mark at WVU. Don Nehlen was 2-6. Bobby Bowden was 0-3. For the mathematically challenged, Rodriguez, Nehlen and Bowden combined for as many wins over top 25 teams in their first 31 games (a total of 93 games combined) as Holgorsen has on his own.
That's life in the Big 12, where WVU has faced a ranked opponent in six of 11 league games. That number could increase to 8 of 13 after the next two games: at Baylor and home against Texas Tech.
This'll be the first time since 1992 that a WVU team has played three consecutive regular season games against the top 25. This month was the first September since 1983 WVU played a pair of ranked teams.
It does not get any easier. There is a chance WVU will not be favored again until a November home game against Texas, if even then.
Saturday showed that might not matter as much as previously thought.
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