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Dana Holgorsen Places Blame For West Virginia's Loss On Himself

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West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen placed the blame for the Mountaineers' 44-24 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners solely on himself in his post-game press conference.

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen placed the blame for the Mountaineers' 44-24 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners solely on himself in his post-game press conference.

Holgorsen had this to say about his team's 24-7 deficit going into halftime.

"I don't think we played good in the first half. That's on me, not having the guys ready to go."

Holgorsen once again took the blame himself while breaking down the Mountaineers' play in the second half, despite the fact he was not the cause of the mistakes on special teams, the blown coverage, or the four of West Virginia's five turnovers that came in the second half.

"We knew it was going to be a four quarter game, so I commend our players for getting out there in the second half and playing. We had a great third quarter. It comes down to their defense is better than me. I'm the one calling the plays. I just didn't do a very good job in the fourth quarter of calling the plays that we need to in order to beat these guys. This one falls on me."

When asked about Mountaineer quarterback Skyler Howard's poor play against the Sooners, and how he would coach him going forward, Holgorsen protected his signal caller.

"Play like you played before. Some of that stuff is on me. I'll tell you right now, I've coached against these guys for a long, long time. If you start forcing things downfield, it's not going to turn out good for you. There's a reason we had a specific gameplan against these guys for a while, and I probably lost sight of that in the fourth quarter."