Chelf picked the Mountaineers apart last season and Walsh didn't play, but Holgorsen knows Walsh very well. He recruited Walsh to Oklahoma State and admired Walsh's winning traits. Walsh played for his dad, John, at Guyer High, in Denton, Texas.
"Texas high school football is pretty good, and him being a coach's kid and watching him win games, watching the intangibles, every intangible you want in a quarterback to have, he has," Holgorsen said. "Watching him win games and getting guys to rally, you could see you could see on the sideline, you could see in practice and you could see it in games, which is why it resulted in a whole bunch of wins
"I think you can take those guys and make their skills better and make their skillset better."
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OKLAHOMA STATE HAS 15 red zone possessions and 15 red zone touchdowns this season. No other team in the country has a touchdown on every red zone possession.
It's the second straight week WVU has faced a team that was ranked No. 1 in red zone scoring percentage. Maryland had been 12-for-12 with six touchdowns and field goals. The Terrapins were 5-for-5 against WVU with three touchdowns.
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THE COWBOYS ARE also the second straight team and third opponent out of five to enter its game against WVU without a loss. After this week, WVU plays at unbeaten Baylor, which is off this week, and then at home against unbeaten Texas Tech.
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THE COWBOYS DO their damage on offense with balance. Ten players have combined for 12 touchdowns. They've run the ball 110 times and thrown 112 passes. They've scored 18 touchdowns, with 10 coming through the air and eight on the ground. They've converted 20 third downs, 10 with a run and 10 with a pass.
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RECEIVERS MARIO ALFORD and Ronald Carswell have both lost fumbles catching punts this season and the turnovers have led to touchdowns for the other team in WVU's losses. Holgorsen said Tuesday he's committed to Carswell, who later in the Maryland game waved off his teammates when a punt hit the ground, only to field the punt and stand in place until he was tackled.
"We've had three guys back there," he said. "I'm comfortable with Ronnie back there. He's the one who has the most confidence. It's no excuse, but (Maryland's) guys dropped two. The wind was swirling. The ball was wet.
"He made a poor decision. He's inexperienced. He's got to get good at it, but I like his confidence and his mental makeup. And you can't just keep playing musical chairs with it."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.