Back-to-back Texas trips challenge No. 5 WVU

Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia knew that long road trips would be a part of life in the Big 12.

Maybe not this close together.

The conference schedule makers handed the Mountaineers a pair of excursions to Texas a week apart.

The Mountaineers returned to Morgantown in the early hours Sunday after beating No. 15 Texas at night 1,400 miles away in Austin. Now No. 5 West Virginia (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) is packing for its game Saturday at Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1) — a 1,500-mile excursion to Lubbock.

Mountaineer fans might view twin Texas trips covering 2,900 miles as challenging for their pocketbook and on the family and work schedules.

The players say they're really no different than other road trips.

"I don't really think it messes with our routine," linebacker Isaiah Bruce said. "As for me and most of the players on the team, we got on the plane (to Austin) and we were just knocked out."

West Virginia wide receiver Stedman Bailey agreed: "Us having to travel that far doesn't really play too much of a role."

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen also insists it's no big deal, either.

During its two decades in the Big East, West Virginia's longest plane ride typically was to Miami or South Florida. Last year's trip by bus to Cincinnati was far longer — five hours.

West Virginia had no travel glitches during the first Texas trip. Holgorsen is more concerned about the physical and mental wear-and-tear of an entire Big 12 season on his players than being loaded down with frequent flier miles.

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