MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia's football team didn't get home until around 3:30 a.m. Sunday after the previous night's win at Texas. By then, the post-game chaos in Sunnyside was a memory that wouldn't reach Coach Dana Holgorsen until Monday.
"I didn't see any of it," he said at his press conference Tuesday. "I worry about what I can control and what I can control is what happened in Austin, which was getting guys focused for the game, playing the game and getting ready to get on the plane and fly back here and then getting then to understand they have to show up Sunday and put (the win) in the past."
Holgorsen said he didn't know what happened just outside the downtown campus except "I heard there was riots and mace" and was instead focused on getting ready for Sunday, when the team meets to review the game and get in a light workout.
"Even if I did know about it, what am I going to do about it?" he said. "It's not my responsibility. If it had anything to do with some sort of special win, I would encourage everyone involved to get used to wins like that."
Holgorsen, who has sounded off on his fans and their attitudes toward his team before, didn't specifically address the scene Saturday night that saw people set about 40 fires, trying to flip over cars and clashing with police. He instead wondered why there was such a scene for a win on the first Saturday in October.
"I don't understand what was so special about it if they were using that as some sort of excuse to get rowdy," he said.
Holgorsen said it was a big moment for the program's prestige and the value it has for recruiting and branding, but that it wasn't a cause for such a chaotic celebration.
"Does it count as a championship? No. It counts as one win. It counts as a win the same as Baylor did, which counted as a win the same as Marshall did, minus the conference standing," he said. "Our goal is to win the conference. We're 2-0, but the two wins are equal. There's no difference in the Texas win and the Baylor win.
"If we're fortunate and we prepare hard and get the guys ready to play and we travel smartly and safely and go beat Texas Tech, that counts as a win, too, which is one more win toward winning a championship."
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HOLGORSEN ALSO backed away from the possibility his team is about to encounter a trap game against the Red Raiders (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) on their Homecoming. WVU, ranked fifth, plays host to No. 6 Kansas State Oct. 13.
"I don't know what a trap game is," he said. "You have to play the same every week. If you don't have the ability to understand every week is the game and that you've got to be able to trust the players and coaches and everyone else involved to do the same things every week, you'll get beat. Whether it's a trap game or a quote-unquote big game, it's a game. All it is is a game and you prepare the same for everyone."
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BEFORE LAST WEEK, WVU had played just eight games in Texas. The last was the Sun Bowl in El Paso against Oklahoma State in 1987. The last regular-season game was against SMU in the Cotton Bowl in 1975. Only three of the eight games in the Lone Star state were regular-season games.