HUSKIES COACH Paul Pasqualoni actually has the most coaching wins in Big East history from the 2-3 UConn start and when he coached Syracuse from 1991-2004 (109 victories), but he spent the past six seasons in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.
"We probably have enough film to look at," Holgorsen said. "Five games is quite a bit, especially if the coordinator was truly the coordinator and in charge of what they were doing. They had some opponents do some things we can look at and be OK with it. You tend not to go back more than a couple years anyhow."
UConn's offensive coordinator is George DeLeone, who was the Temple offensive coordinator in 2006-07 and the tight end coach with the Dolphins the past three years. Holgorsen said NFL film isn't useful because there are too many variables, but did say the Mountaineers had help preparing for the UConn defense. Coordinator George Brown had the same job at Maryland the past two seasons.
"We did go back to last year and looked at Maryland to double-check a few things," Holgorsen said.
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HOLGORSEN HAS has demoted punter and kickoff specialist Corey Smith - at least temporarily.
Michael Molinari, a walk-on redshirt freshman from Parkersburg South, will punt first Saturday. Molinari is also WVU's holder. Place-kicker Tyler Bitancurt will kick off first. Holgorsen said Smith will be available should Molinari, who has never kicked in a game, or Bitancurt struggle.
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COUNT PASQUALONI among the many alarmed by WVU's proven ability to pass and sudden ability to run. In back-to-back games, quarterback Geno Smith passed for a school-record 462 yards and running back Dustin Garrison ran for 291 yards, the best in the FBS this season and the second-best total in WVU history.
The Huskies are No. 8 nationally against the run (75.2 yards per game), but No. 80 against the pass (240.4). Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder was 37-for-51 for 479 yards and five touchdowns in last week's 38-31 victory.
"When you're able to run the ball like that, it makes it so much harder really to defend your offense," Pasqualoni said. "You go into games really trying to stop the run got and one thing we did do well last week was we did stop the run and that gives you a little better chance to play the pass.
"But last week, even though we were ale to control the run OK, we weren't able to keep our coverage right enough. West Virginia's ability to run the ball, West Virginia's ability to throw the ball just creates a lot of space. You have to spread out across the field to cover them and that makes it really hard. It's just a huge challenge."
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