Dana Holgorsen has coached at a few pretty good football schools as an assistant in Texas Tech, Houston and Oklahoma State, and has seen some pretty good football teams on the other sideline, the likes of Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas.
Now he’s seen LSU, which beat his West Virginia University Mountaineers, 47-21, Saturday night, a win so impressive that it allowed them to jump past Oklahoma, which also had won, and into the No. 1 spot in the nation.
It also impressed Holgorsen.
“They’re as good as any team I’ve seen,” he admitted. “Whether the ball bounces their way over the next nine games to where they get to play for the national championship, I don’t know. They play good, quality people. They play other good teams.”
That will make it challenging, but Holgorsen really believes they have what it takes to meet the challenge.
“The talent, the coaching, the schemes — they’re as good as any other school,” Holgorsen said.
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Holgorsen spent some time on Saturday night complaining vehemently to officials about what he thought might be — and emphasize the might be — fake injuries to slow his tempo, something he has seen before.
“I don’t know if they happened on Saturday night or not. They do exist in college football. That’s not any of my business — there’s nothing I can do about it. It depends on the referees and how they manage the game and what they think is going on. I can’t do anything about it,” he said.
“I’m not going to worry about it, and we’re not going to let it destroy our momentum if it is happening. We just have to keep playing the next play.”
His sideline demeanor, however, caused a couple of emails to be written from LSU fans who were generally pleased with the experience of playing in Morgantown but who felt that Holgorsen’s complaining on this matter was uncalled for and “classless.”