Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wvu Sees No Trap in Lubbock

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wvu Sees No Trap in Lubbock

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"Trap game" is a generally accepted euphemism in sports used to describe a dangerous matchup against an overlooked foe, with a favored team looking ahead to a tougher opponent or basking in the glow of a big win.

Despite having spent the past 20 years as a college football coach, it's a phrase with which Dana Holgorsen is not familiar.

With his team slated to go on the road against Texas Tech days removed from a win over then-No. 11 Texas and a little more than a week before a game against No. 6 Kansas State, the West Virginia coach reiterated his desire for his team to treat every game the same way, regardless of how it may be dubbed.

"I don't understand what a 'trap game' means -- you play the same every week," Holgorsen said Tuesday at his weekly news conference.

"If you don't have the ability to understand that every week is the same and that we've got to be able to trust our coaches and players and everybody that's involved to be able to do the same thing every week, we get beat, whether it's a 'trap game' or a 'big game.'

"It's a game -- all it is is a game."

While the Mountaineers' game against Texas Tech (4-1) appears to lack the flair of upcoming contests against ranked teams such as Kansas State or No. 13 Oklahoma, the Red Raiders could present another sort of challenge to West Virginia.

Texas Tech has the top-ranked pass defense in Division I-A.

In their first five games, the highest-ranked pass defense that quarterback Geno Smith and the Mountaineers offense faced was Maryland's seventh-ranked unit, which held West Virginia to a season- low 31 points.

Another concern is a purely logistical one.

After traveling about 1,400 miles each way to take on Texas, the Mountaineers arrived back home early Sunday morning, only to have to turn back around this week for about a 1,470-mile trip to Lubbock, Texas.

Despite the distances that separate West Virginia from its Big 12 compatriots, Holgorsen insists that from a time standpoint, these trips don't differ much from the bus rides to Cincinnati and flights to South Florida that his team had in the Big East. …

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