Dana Holgorsen spoke with the media on Monday morning and addressed a host of different topics, but he wanted to make one thing clear - last week's loss falls on him.
Holgorsen shouldered the blame for Saturday's loss to Maryland.
"There's plenty of blame to go around," said the Mountaineer head coach. "The one that can be blamed more than anyone is me. That's for dang sure."
He didn't point to any one thing in particular, but did note that he needs to better prepare his players in the week leading up to the game.
"We're going to coach them harder this week," he said. "We're going to get them more prepared to play. It's going to be a challenge now."
When the questions were steered back to the play of his quarterback and offensive line, Holgorsen did not take the bait.
"We didn't play very good; I didn't coach very good," he said. "I'm going to do a lot better job of getting these guys prepared to play."
"The bigger issue is me."
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ford Childress struggled mightily on Saturday, completing only 11-of-22 passes for 62 yards with two interceptions. Holgorsen still feels that No. 7 is his quarterback, though.
"When we named him a week ago, we said there would be some bumps in the road with him," said Holgorsen. "Any time you’re playing an inexperienced quarterback, that’s going to be the case. His mentality didn’t change on the sidelines. It was good to see that. He’s a hard worker. He’s going to get out there and work hard this week and try to get better."
As for the rotation of quarterbacks, Holgorsen says that is not likely to happen in Morgantown, in large part due to the similarities between his three options.
"I would think everyone would want an established guy at quarterback," said Holgorsen. "I think guys play different quarterbacks when they bring something different to the table. With the three guys we have, they’re all pocket guys.They’re not option guys."
West Virginia faces Oklahoma State this week, meaning another matchup of two coaching staffs that are very familiar with each other. Holgorsen shrugged that off.
"It happens every week in the Big12," he said. "Everybody knows each other. When we played Oklahoma, no one knew us better than Oklahoma and no one knew Oklahoma better than us."
"I think (people) can overthink it. The biggest thing is getting your guys out there and letting them play."
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