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Big 12 football: WVU's Dana Holgorsen returning to Lubbock with another gunslinger in tow

by Berry Tramel Published: October 12, 2012

West Virginia and Texas Tech have limited football history.

They met in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Day 1938; the Mountaineers won 7-6, a score not likely to be repeated Saturday when Tech hosts West Virginia.

Other than that, the Red Raiders were hot after Clemson offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez to be their head coach in December 1998, but West Virginia won that derby and Tech settled for Mike Leach. Oh how fortunes were affected.

Leach begat Dana Holgorsen, who invigorated the OSU offense before becoming head coach at West Virginia, where he has the Mountaineers scoring in bunches and ranked fifth in the nation.

Saturday, Holgorsen takes his unbeaten Mountaineers to the Texas frontier, a culture clash everywhere except in offensive philosophy. Morgantown and Lubbock are 1,500 miles apart but share a propensity for a spread offense that airs it out but also likes to run the ball.

Holgorsen spent eight years on Leach's Tech staff, then took what he learned to Houston as offensive coordinator, OSU as offensive coordinator and now West Virginia as head coach.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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