“There was an absence of fear and a confidence in his system or his style and not to waver,” Monken said. “I think those are two critical things in having success. This is what we do, and we're going to do it better than they can defend it.”
Assistant Doug Meacham, who has worked under both Holgorsen and Monken, agrees. He calls the system simple. Execution, speed and repetition are more important than scheming for each opponent.
“It's about being really good at what you do and understanding where you go against certain coverages and certain defenses within the plays that you have,” he said. “Not trying to reinvent the wheel from week to week.”
In Monken's two seasons, several routes have been changed and plays are called differently.
And Holgorsen's offense at West Virginia looks a bit different than at OSU, Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said. Quarterback Geno Smith is a bigger threat to run than Weeden, of course, and the Mountaineers sometimes line up under center.
But, ultimately, there are more similarities than differences. Holgorsen told reporters in Morgantown earlier this week that when he watches OSU on film, the offense “hasn't changed much at all.”
It should make for an interesting Saturday in Stillwater. And Holgorsen agrees these teams won't out-scheme each other.
“It comes down to the effort being there,” Holgorsen said. “They play with tremendous effort, so we have to play with tremendous effort.”