“Coach Patterson's done a great job of corralling these guys and teaching them the game,” Holgorsen said. “Last year we had a version of his 3-4 defense, and then when he took over before the (Pinstripe) bowl game, he started installing his and his only version of the 3-4 defense.
“Having one voice is obviously the right thing, especially his voice. He's doing a fantastic job of teaching them the game the way he knows how to teach it. And then you couple that with [having] experienced guys.”
West Virginia used seven true freshmen and four redshirt freshmen in its defensive rotation in 2012. So the Mountaineer defense has grown up a bit defensively. But now comes its biggest test.