MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – When things don’t go according to plan, the quarterback is usually the one placed under the microscope.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen reassured the media Saturday after the game that the blame for a grueling loss to the No. 15 Sooners is not to be placed on a single player (especially not the quarterback) but rather on himself for poor play calling and decision-making in the fourth quarter.
During his weekly press conference this afternoon, Holgorsen briefed the media on his thoughts as well as Howard’s response to that first taste of Big 12 action in a hostile environment facing a ranked opponent.
“There are a couple of mistakes that were mechanical that we can fix,” said Holgorsen. “We lose and make mistakes as a unit. He’s not the one that needs to take the blame for a lot of this stuff that happened out there.”
Holgorsen continued by stating that almost every other position had its fair share of mistakes in the defeat also.
“There are some mistakes out there that he (Howard) made that needs to get corrected. There’s mistakes that our O-Line made that needs corrected. There’s mistakes that our receivers made that need to get corrected. There’s mistakes that our running backs and tight ends made that need to get corrected and all of it has to do with what their preparation is, learn from it, move on, and get out there and play ball.”
Howard completed 17 of 32 passes against the Oklahoma Sooners for 173 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He was also sacked seven times.
“We’re already moving on,” said Howard.
Although he didn’t say much during weekly player interviews, Howard made it clear that improvement and the Oklahoma St. Cowboys are the only things on his mind.
“Countless things,” said Howard when asked what went wrong in Norman. “We’re gonna put an emphasis on it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Through three non-conference games and one conference showdown, Howard still proves to be one of the most efficient signal callers in DI football thus far this season. He’s completed 75 of 116 passes while throwing for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns with just four interceptions.
According to Holgorsen, Howard watched the game replay three times while on the way back to Morgantown following the game and another three times on Sunday.
“All we can do right now is just prepare for the next game,” Howard said. “Every game is important so right now we’re just focused on Oklahoma St… Every team in the Big 12 is challenging. You have to come and play ball, so we’re prepared.”
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