MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - There isn't a lot to be said about West Virginia's offense through two games, the latest being a 16-7 loss to Oklahoma that saw a Dana Holgorsen offense finish with its lowest point total since a 30-6 loss to Colorado when he was an assistant at Texas Tech in 2006.
So, Holgorsen decided to do something about it on Thursday night, announcing on his radio show that Ford Childress will start Saturday's game against Georgia State.
"I accept full responsibility for seven points," said Holgorsen, whose team faces the Panthers (0-2) in a noon game televised on Root. "I don't care who we are playing, it's embarrassing. I've got the utmost respect for Bob and Mike Stoops, but that being said, seven points is embarrassing, and we need to fix it."
Only 19 teams have fewer touchdowns than the Mountaineers this season - and five of them have only played one game. Eight teams have played one game and scored more touchdowns.
WVU's opponent Saturday, a lowly Georgia State team that Jeff Sagarin's computer rankings say is the worst Football Bowl Subdivision team, has scored more touchdowns than WVU, as have Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas, Baylor's Lache Seastrunk and UCF's Storm Johnson.
"We've scored four touchdowns on the year," offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "That's not acceptable."
Time will tell if Childress is the solution after not playing a snap in WVU's first two games.
"I feel like crap, honestly," Holgorsen said, not surprisingly, before springing the real shocker. "It goes back to the offense where we have the potential to better than we were last year. Does that mean we are better than last year, or are going to be better than last year? No. It just means we have the potential to be."
Those Mountaineers set every meaningful offensive record last season and players picked in the first, second and third rounds of the NFL Draft rewrote many records on their own. These Mountaineers could play three quarterbacks against the Panthers and will give three receivers their first career start.
WVU is very much a work in progress.
"We don't know when this team going to mesh," Dawson said. "We don't have any idea, but we are close. We really are."
Both coaches had said Paul Millard, the starting quarterback the first two games, Clint Trickett, the transfer from Florida State, and Childress, the redshirt freshman, will get into the game under ideal circumstances this week.
However, Holgorsen announced Thursday that Childress will make not just his first start, but also his collegiate debut. Only Millard and Trickett had practiced for the first two games. Childress had not taken meaningful snaps in practice since the middle of August. Holgorsen intimited that Childress will have the opportunity to play the whole game.
Junior college transfers Kevin White, Ronald Carswell and Mario Alford were atop the depth chart at their receiving positions earlier in the week. White and Carswell are outside receivers. White leads the team with seven receptions. Every one of his catches and 80 yards receiving came last week against the Sooners.
Carswell leads the team with 117 yards on five catches. He's had 69- and 33-yard receptions in the first two games, WVU's two longest passing plays this season, as well as the lone touchdown reception.