If Shawne Alston’s rushing performance on Saturday wasn’t impressive enough, Dana Holgorsen said this morning on the Big 12 conference call that game tape shows some 65 of his 123 yards came after contact.
“He had about 65 yards after contact,” said Holgorsen. “Half of the rushing yards were him being a physical runner which is something we’ve been trying to get him to do for quite some time.”
Alston broke a number of tackles, dragged a body or two along the way and managed to score one of his two touchdowns while being face-masked in the end zone.
Holgorsen also differed a lot of credit to the offensive line which had a very strong game.
“It starts up front,” said Holgorsen. “The five guys up front blocked tremendously well both in the run game and the pass game.They have a bunch of experience. They’re more confident than they were last year. They’re targeted correctly.”
As for the game plan...Holgorsen said the same plays are scripted every week, and it just matters which ones are working. Since Alston and Andrew Buie were having success on the ground, it obviously made sense to continue to run it.***
Award winners for the week, from WVU.
Offensive champion: Shawne Alston
Defensive Champion: Isaiah Bruce
Special Teams Champion: Ryan Nehlen
Offensive Scout Champion: Anthony Gutta
Defensive Scout Champion: Nana Twum Agyire
West Virginia has an off week this week before resuming play Sept. 15 against James Madison at Fed Ex Field.
The timing of it is not ideal, said Holgorsen.
Holgorsen: “I don’t think it’s ideal. You’re going to have a couple of off weeks regardless of where you put them. We’ll have to make some corrections by playing against each other. I think it’s a little bit easer to make corrections when you’re playing against somebody else.”