In the fourth quarter, Texas Tech scored the second of three unanswered touchdowns to go ahead 30-27, as opposed to tying the score 30-30. The Red Raiders would score again to go up 37-27 and left WVU had just 61 seconds left to find 10 points, as opposed to just a touchdown.
"I do regret the decision," he said. "I should have kicked it. What I was thinking at that point was we felt good moving the ball and I saw them take it right down the field and score two times in a row. I felt like touchdowns were going to be important."
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DURING HIS explanation, Holgorsen reviewed the sequence and said it was fourth-and-2. He apparently misspoke. Dawson said he and Holgorsen quickly worked their way through the decision to go for it and then picked a play. That play was a throw into the end zone that was as far away from receiver Kevin White as it was from receiver Daikiel Shorts.
The point, though, was that it was a play designed to pick up 14 or more yards and not 2 or more yards.
"We know what they're going to do better than anybody else does," Dawson said of the Red Raiders and the links and the familiarity between the two coaching staffs. "We knew were going to get man-to-man coverage outside. That was something we talked about coming into the game - we had to take a lot of shots outside based on the way they play defense.
"So we knew it was going to be a man-to-man coverage and we knew their cornerback was 5-foot-6. Kevin's 6-5. We wanted to give him a shot to make a play, but it didn't work out."
White ended up angling toward the middle of the field and got tangled up with his defender, but fell to the ground. The ball was nowhere near him, though, and Trickett had a quick talk with Shorts as they jogged off the field.
"Kevin ran a post and Daikiel broke his route off," Dawson said. "The ball was to Daikiel, but he broke it off. He should have kept his route higher. I thought he was throwing it to Kevin initially until I talked to Clint. If that ball was to Kevin, good God, that would be really bad."
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HOLGORSEN is 20-13 as WVU's coach. In his 13 losses, the Mountaineers have been outscored 154-41 in the first quarter.
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WVU's NOV. 2 game at TCU will begin at 3:30 p.m. and be televised by ESPNU.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.