MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Only 33 of the 125 Football Bowl Subdivision teams didn't have an open week during the first six weeks of the season. West Virginia needs one as much as any other school after Saturday's 73-42 loss at Baylor.
"Heading into Baylor, we tried to convince them that we had enough in our tank to go play a good football team," West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen said at his weekly press conference Tuesday. "Looking back on it, I don't know if we did."
Six players who have started for WVU (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) and three reserves are working through injuries.
Holgorsen said quarterback Clint Trickett, who started the last two games, won't practice this week. Holgorsen hopes the right (throwing) shoulder Trickett injured against Oklahoma State is healthy enough for the Mountaineers' Oct. 19 noon home game against No. 20 Texas Tech (5-0, 2-0).
Quarterback Ford Childress, who started the third and fourth games of WVU's season, tore the pectoral muscle on his right (throwing) side in the fist quarter of the loss to Maryland. He practiced last week and will again this week.
Running back Dustin Garrison, who hasn't played the past four games, and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, who was leading the team in tackles after four games and has missed the past two, should be recovered from hamstring injuries in time for the Red Raiders.
Receiver Ivan McCartney, who missed the Baylor game, and left guard Quinton Spain, who started the first four games at left tackle, are both dealing with concussions. Receiver Mario Alford, who didn't play against the Bears, has a shoulder injury Holgorsen hopes recovers during the open week.
Defensive back Ricky Rumph injured his foot against Baylor and linebacker Wes Tonkery broke a thumb. Holgorsen wasn't sure about a timetable for either player.
"We have a beat up football team," Holgorsen said. "We've been playing a lot of snaps defensively, and those guys are worn down. It had something to do with what happened on Saturday. Offensively, we're playing more bodies because we're trying to figure out what our dynamic is and what our makeup is going to be."
The blowout loss to Baylor also exposed some areas the Mountaineers will examine before their next game. It begins at quarterback, where Holgorsen said he hopes to start Trickett as long as he's healthy and if Childress doesn't do something in practice to win the job.
"I'm not prepared to say that Clint is our quarterback because Ford didn't do anything to lose the job," Holgorsen said. "It's a dynamic I don't like and isn't beneficial to our football team. With our offense being inexperienced and having different people in at different times, it's hard."