Special teams were a special kind of embarrassing in a 55-34 loss at Oklahoma State.
"Not a lot of fun," said Holgorsen, who's never been a part of a slide like this. "The only way to get out of it is to work hard. That's what the coaching staff is doing. The only way to get out of a losing streak is to understand what the challenges are and to be realistic with them."
Holgorsen had junior and seniors last season and this season.
The Mountaineers struggled at times last year, but rallied late and finished 10-3 with an Orange Bowl win. This season started 5-0 and found the team ranked in the top five of both national polls.
Yet there have been issues on the field and off the field and the idea of bucking the change is at least topical given how two players who had been starters abruptly left the team and the way Holgorsen has talked about finding and featuring players who truly care about the team.
The Mountaineers can still finish with a flourish by winning the final three games, rising to perhaps the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio and improbably finding a way to a nine-win season.
That would be quite a turnaround, but not unique.
It was Texas that lost to WVU more than a month ago, which still stands as the team's last win.
The Longhorns had started 4-0, but lost 48-45 to the Mountaineers and then 63-21 to Oklahoma.
They're 8-2 overall and 5-2 in Big 12 play.
"The guys have just understood that we didn't play well at times against West Virginia. We didn't play well at all against Oklahoma," Texas Coach Mack Brown said. "I think they just circled the wagons. Young guys are growing up on defense. The offense continues to build and grow."
That sounds a lot like the situation at WVU. The defense is young, but has played better the past two games.
The offense broke down, but played the best it has since the Texas game in last Saturday's loss. There is plenty of negativity surrounding the Mountaineers, much of it deserved and the product of their own doing, but they must let it stay there and not allow it collapse the pocket.
If they let it become a factor, all that's left can be lost. If not, they can be like Texas, which followed a rare home loss and then an embarrassing rivalry loss to escape the scrutiny and again emerge as a Cotton Bowl candidate.
"I think the biggest thing is that they quit listening to any outside sources and went back to work," Brown said. "They understood that the only thing that's important when it comes to football is the product we put on the field. For two weeks, the product wasn't very good and it needed to get better.
"That's what we did. We went back to work, tried to correct the mistakes that were being made, tried to figure out more about who we were on defense, specifically with young linebackers and young safeties, and challenged those guys and they've stepped up. Now we've just got to finish strong."