"You can't have four straight series where they complete third-and-long plays, run right past you and score," Holgorsen said. "That's not me pointing the finger at them at all. They bailed us out for 21/2 quarters. We had a chance offensively to seal the game at the end. There's fault to go around. But if you want to be a great defense, you get them off the field when we have a 10-point lead or three-point lead."
The Jayhawks (2-7, 0-6) figure to provide WVU some trouble, despite their record and 27 straight conference losses. It will come earlier than usual, too, in WVU's first 11 a.m. CST kickoff as a member of the Big 12. The Kansas offense will take some getting used to.
"I'd say it's unique," Patterson said. "They're pretty game-plan specific, is probably the best way to look at it, for each opponent."
Kansas does something different for every team. A year ago, the Mountaineer expected Kansas to continue to run the ball and lean on running quarterback Michael Cummings. The Jayhawks instead came out throwing with Dayne Crist. Patterson said these Jayhawks "have more of an identity" than they did a year ago and run the ball very well, even though the direction of some games takes that out of the game plan.
Yet Kansas still uses two quarterbacks, this time with BYU transfer Jake Heaps throwing and freshman Montell Cozart running.
"One thing I think we've done a pretty good job of throughout most games is when people throw something at us we haven't prepare for as much," Patterson said. "The kids did a real nice job against TCU when we made a couple little tweaks to the game plan after they got 17 points on the board. I thought they did a nice job on the sideline taking the adjustments and running with them.
"Anytime you see something like that, you have to be able to make adjustments between series. I think we'll have to see how they attack us, but I think we have a really good idea and some keys on othher things that will help us.
WVU COULD HAVE three quarterbacks available for Saturday's game.
Holgorsen said on his weekly radio show that Clint Trickett and Ford Childress practiced this week and have been cleared to play. Trickett left last week's loss to Texas and did not return. Childress hasn't played since a 37-0 loss at Maryland on Sept. 21 because of a torn pectoral muscle.
Paul Millard replaced Trickett against Texas and completed 16 of 32 passes for 259 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Holgorsen said he will not decide on a starter until Saturday.
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