MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- One has more wins than any football coach in conference history. The other will coach his first Big East game Saturday.
One is Connecticut's Paul Pasqualoni. The other is West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen.
They meet at noon Saturday at Mountaineer Field when the 16th-ranked Mountaineers play host to the Huskies. Pasqualoni hopes to right the things that have gone wrong in his first season at UConn (2-3) while Holgorsen tries to keep his first season going the right way for WVU (4-1).
"I think that we came into this realizing there were areas that we were going to have to develop and certainly the quarterback position was one of them," said Pasqualoni, who in 14 seasons at Syracuse won 107 games overall, 62 games in the Big East and four league championships. "We're very inexperienced at the linebacker position as well and we've had to do some reshuffling on our offensive line."
The Huskies have played three quarterbacks in all five games - although Johnny McEntee has started each - and have used four different starting lineups on the offensive line.
"These things don't help you, especially when there's a new staff and a new system offensively, defensively and on special teams and you're trying to get acclimated to all those things," Pasqualoni said.
Holgorsen nevertheless admires the Huskies and said they could be 5-0.
UConn lost 24-21 at Vanderbilt, 24-20 against Iowa State and 38-31 against Western Michigan. Vanderbilt (3-1) kicked the game-winning field goal with 2:56 to play. Iowa State (3-1) held off two UConn drives into Cyclones territory late in regulation. UConn lost a fumble at the Western Michigan (3-2) 13-yard line with 45 seconds remaining.
"UConn has been very competitive, doesn't matter which opponent," Holgorsen said. "They've got a lot of returning guys. You might attribute it to, like ourselves on offense, a change in the coaching staff and all that. It took us a little bit to get going. But they've got returning players, good players, good coaches.
"If they were 5-0 or 0-5, based on what I've seen on tape and as competitive as they've been, I know they're going to play hard. They've got good, physical football players. They'll be a challenge, no question."
The Mountaineers, meanwhile, have made the most of continuity and continued improvement in UConn's problem areas. It begins with one of the nation's most productive quarterbacks.
Geno Smith has quickly digested Holgorsen's offense and is No. 7 nationally in total offense, No. 3 in passing yards and No. 5 in passing yards per game.
The Huskies are No. 83 nationally in pass defense. In last week's loss to Western Michigan, quarterback Alex Carder passed for 479 yards and five touchdowns.