In tossing his headset, Dana Holgersen spoke for most of us who
were subjected to West Virginia’s four-hour slopfest against
Oklahoma State. The Moutaineers’ 30-21 win over the
11th-ranked Cowboys on Saturday was clunkier than the Beverly
Holgersen took it out on his headset, which shattered from the
velocity of his throw. West Virginia was protecting a 24-21 lead at
the time, and Holgersen has seen his team do enough bad stuff this
year that you couldn’t blame him if he could feel disaster
rumbling under his feet.
This is a Mountaineers team that lost to Maryland 37-0 last week
and needed a late touchdown to beat William & Mary in the
Presumably, the Mountaineers were going to need a nearly perfect
game to beat the Cowboys. They didn’t get that, turning it
over twice, going 8-for-22 on third down and being outgained
433-388. But Oklahoma State turned it over three times, missed two
field goals and threw 27 incomplete passes.
It was enough to save West Virginia’s lead. Can’t
say as much for Holgersen’s headset, though.