HOLGORSEN SAID TWO weeks ago his offensive line was satisfyingly successful against Oklahoma, but he followed that a week later by saying he shouldn't have said it, and he wondered if it played a part in a subpar showing against Georgia State.
Holgorsen said Saturday his line played "incredibly poorly" against the Terrapins and Holgorsen regretted that, too.
"We've got to put them in some better situations," Holgorsen said this week. "There's plenty of blame to go around. My initial reaction, I wish I wouldn't have said that because there was plenty of blame to go around."
As he's done for all of the offense's problems, Holgorsen blamed himself, particularly for not accommodating the offensive line better during the week and then during the game.
"Maybe we put them in a situation where we're not practicing enough or we're not calling specific plays that we need to call to attack a specific front," Holgorsen said. "Maybe we're throwing the ball when we need to run the ball. Maybe we're running the ball when we need to throw the ball.
"We're just asking those guys to get a little bit better. If they get a little bit better and the quarterback gets a little bit better and I get a lot better, we'll be OK as an offense."
WVU IS AVERAGING 174.75 yards per game and, more importantly, 5.18 yards per carry, which is tied for No. 34 nationally. Running backs Charles Sims (5.47), Dreamius Smith (6.44) and Wendell Smallwood (7.72) all average better than the team average.
"We're executing pretty well," offensive line coach Ron Crook said. "We went back this week and watched all of our run game cut-ups this season and the thing we came away with was that when you see the total body of work, we've run the ball pretty well.
"It was good for us to remind ourselves that because last week we had a rough game. But we've done some things well and we've got continue to do those things well and accentuate those things."
WVU managed 113 yards on 25 carries against Maryland, but take away long runs in the fourth quarter by Smith and Smallwood and the Mountaineers had 23 carries for 32 yards.
"It was a combination of a lot of different things, little things," Crook said. "It was a being a half-step slow to come off a double team. It was being a half-second slow on a punch in pass rush. It was things like that, correctable things that I feel like I should have done a better job getting them ready for during the week."
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