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Mountaineers not used to losing streaks

November 15, 2012
By John Wickline Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

MORGANTOWN - Dana Holgorsen never has suffered through a long losing streak, and none of his West Virginia football players were even born when the Mountaineers lost five games in a row.

WVU, 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the Big 12 Conference, is looking to snap that four-game skid at 7 p.m. Saturday when they entertain No. 13 Oklahoma in Morgantown.

The last time the Mountaineers dropped five consecutive games was in 1986.

"It's not a lot of fun for anybody," Holgorsen said. "The only way to get out of it is to work hard. The only way to win in college football - I don't care what conference you're in - is to work hard."

That hard work attitude is shared by running back Andrew Buie, who said the team has not really readjusted its goals of late.

"The goal is still to win out," he said. "Regardless of the fact that we are not going to be Big 12 champions, we are still playing for pride. We're not quitters."

The Mountaineers still need one more victory to become bowl-eligible.

But with the likes of Oklahoma and then a road game at Iowa State, that task has become more daunting.

"We want to make sure we get to a bowl game," receiver Stedman Bailey said. "It would be very disappointing if we weren't, and we won't let that happen."

A win over the Sooners, 7-2, could go a long way in turning around a disappointing season for West Virginia.

"Just getting a win, especially against a great team, will help our confidence a lot and propel us to win these last games of the season," linebacker Doug Rigg said.

Quarterback Geno Smith said the past few games have been "heartbreaking" for him and his teammates, and he said the Mountaineers need to remember September.

"It seems like we can't find a way to win," Smith said. "We're finding ways to lose. We've just got to figure it out. Somehow, some way, we've got to bounce back.

"We've got three weeks left. We've got to pick ourselves up off the mat and get back to work."

Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 7 p.m.



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