Holgorsen said that he "had a whole bunch of people on that airplane who wanted it to be easy," referring to the trip to Lubbock, Texas for last weekend's game. Perhaps the lofty ranking and the relative ease at which the offense scores points and the statement win at Texas the week prior had provided the team with a little too much confidence for a very difficult road trip.Texas Tech safety Cody Davis opined on the Mountaineers' collective confidence.
"I usually don't say anything bad about opponents," he wrote on his blog, "but this was by far the most cocky and arrogant team I have ever faced both watching film and in person. I have played a lot of football too, so I think that says something. I might be wrong, but that's how I saw it. Everyone has an attitude playing football, but it seemed to be more than that. From Eugene Smith not shaking hands at the Tavon Austin doing his strut after every single catch he made, they were all about Me, Myself, and I ... but the best TEAM won the game."
West Virginia hadn't lost in nearly a full calendar year. The program's nine-game winning streak started the week after it lost to Louisville, 38-35, last Nov. 5.
In the six games prior to the loss to Texas Tech, the Mountaineers averaged 55 points per game.
It's not going to be that easy all the time, especially in this league.
Here's an off-the-wall statistic I researched last week. Try to follow along.
In the past 50 years the won on consecutive weekends when playing at venues not in West Virginia or a bordering state.
That obviously excludes any wins over Maryland or Penn State or Pittsburgh or Virginia Tech, thus emphasizing the challenges involved with lengthy travel.
In 2006, the Mountaineers won at East Carolina (Sept. 23) and at Mississippi State (Oct. 7) in back-to-back regular season games, but an off week in between allowed the team respite from the road.
Playing at Texas (1,400 miles from Morgantown) and Texas Tech (a slightly farther trip at 1,472 miles) can be a humbling experience.
Maybe this team needed that.
Charleston Daily Mail Sports Editor Chuck McGill, a state native who has covered WVU and Marshall, takes a look at the Mountaineers, their opponent and the Big 12.