That's not the worst of it, either. The solution this season cannot be what it was last season. Holgorsen and his offensive coordinator, Shannon Dawson, can't pull back and plan for less. They can't be more conservative.
Not in the Big 12, where offenses are salivating over the prospect of mining gold from the defense the Mountaineers have no choice but to put on the field. There is no defense to fall back on and ask to stand up and support a more reasoned offensive approach.
There's not even incentive to believe it might happen, not as injuries accumulate and freshmen are put into big spots. Not with the way WVU arm tackles and tries everything to cover people. It is a massive difference between last season and this one.
"There's only a certain amount of coverages we can run, only a certain amount of run plays we can run," Holgorsen said. "If you try to do a whole bunch more to make up for deficiencies with more plays, it confuses them more than anything."
Make personnel changes? The Mountaineers are doing that. They're changing starters and backups on offense and defense and special teams and they're nearing the end of the line. WVU used 26 players on defense against Kansas State - and that doesn't count four other regulars who didn't play. WVU's defense doesn't have 26 players, or 30, to ably combat a team as mature and precise as Kansas State.
The good news, you could say, is there are few options left to consider.
"The biggest motivation in college football is playing time, but you don't want to sit a guy down that you don't think has a guy behind him that is better than him," Holgorsen said. "You want to play the better player. You want to use playing as a motivation if you can, but our depth is the issue."
There is no simple solution, no precedent to make part of the present. This is a week-by-week thing now as players are forced to mature and act tough and prove they belong. Coaches must continue to find out who can do what while they're finding out what works for the players they can trust.
"It's going to be games before we find out what we're made of," Holgorsen said.
There are no gimmicks. The schemes are the schemes. The players are the players. The quotes suggest neither is changing, which means the coaches have something to keep them busy during this off week.
"If you try to manufacture plays, manufacture people, come up with tricks or any of that, that's not the solution," Holgorsen said. "What we've been talking about the last three days is what we can do on all three sides of the ball that we're good at.
"That's what we need to do. We'll probably narrow down some things and focus on getting better at some of the stuff we're good at and then try to build some confidence."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.