MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- If no other good could come from Saturday's loss to Texas Tech, at least West Virginia's days of deliberating over the identity of its starting quarterback came to an end.
Clint Trickett played from start to finish and didn't yield to Paul Millard because of injury or communication of effectiveness in the 37-27 loss to the Red Raiders.
"He played pretty good for the most part," offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson said. "And it's not like we're sitting there trying to mess with their minds. They know who it is."
That would be Trickett. Coach Dana Holgorsen named Trickett the starter for Saturday's 3:45 p.m. game at Kansas State (2-4, 0-3 Big 12). It will be televised by Fox Sports 1.
Holgorsen didn't reveal his starter for the Texas Tech game until Trickett trotted onto the field in the first quarter. Holgorsen said Thursday he anticipated playing Trickett and Millard, but that never happened.
"He and Paul were splitting the reps (in practice) but I wanted to see how it went (in the game)," Holgorsen said. "I thought about it after the first couple of drives, but after that, he started moving the ball and I felt pretty good about it."
Trickett was 27-for-43 for 254 yards and a touchdown and, at one point, led WVU on a season-best run of five consecutive scoring drives. He also had his share of poor throws and was fortunate to have an interception erased by a pass interference penalty on a drive that ended in a touchdown.
He said afterward he expected this week to be another battle with Millard.
"We didn't win," said Trickett, who said the sprained AC joint (acromioclavicular joint) in his throwing shoulder suffered against Oklahoma State was fine during the week and the game. "It's not like I did enough to win, so I expect it to be a competition in practice."
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HOLGORSEN SETTLED something else quickly after the loss that dropped WVU below .500 for the first time since a 1-2 start to the 2008 season. He confessed to a game management error in the first quarter.
Holgorsen opted to go for a first down on fourth-and-14 at Texas Tech's 26-yard line in the first quarter. The Red Raiders led 10-0, but WVU had driven from its 11-yard line and was only deterred along the way by a personal foul and a holding penalty at the end of the drive.
Holgorsen disputed both calls, particularly the personal foul on center Pat Eger after receiver Jordan Thompson had been thrown to the ground well after the whistle.
The combination created a third-and-30 and running back Charles Sims gained back 16 yards to set up the decision that Holgorsen would later regret.
"We were moving the ball, but the penalties just kept backing us up," he said. "Whether you agree with them or you don't, you've got to play through them. But we'd been moving the ball and we felt pretty good where we were offensively."