MORGANTOWN — For strictly personal reasons, Texas Tech week may be the least favorite for West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen.
To win means doing so at the expense of protégé Kliff Kingsbury. When Kingsbury was setting passing records at Texas Tech from 2000-’02, Holgorsen was the receivers coach. Holgorsen later convinced Kingsbury to join the coaching game as an assistant at Houston in 2008.
“The hard thing in this profession is you develop so many friendships, and then when you’re in the same conference it makes it kind of tough,” Holgorsen said. “I wish them well in every game they play but one, and this happens to be the one.”
Kingsbury bested his mentor the first time they met in 2013, but Holgorsen and the Mountaineers have won the four ensuing games.
Kingsbury has the No. 25 Red Raiders (3-1, 1-0) back in the AP poll after last week’s 41-17 win at Oklahoma State. Texas Tech’s fortune has been tied closely to true freshman quarterback Alan Bowman, who leads the nation with 389 passing yards per game.
Holgorsen has seen Kingsbury do this before with freshmen named Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes, so he’s not the least bit surprised.
“[Bowman’s] being coached by one of the best that’s ever done it,” Holgorsen said. “Kliff was in that position himself as a young kid before we got to Texas Tech. He has that experience. He knows what he’s talking about.
“It’s not the first young kid that he’s had to deal with. It’s not surprising at all. If you get coached up by Kliff, you’ll be ready to go.”
No. 12 West Virginia (3-0, 1-0) opened as a 6-point favorite against the Red Raiders but bettors quickly pulled down the line to 4.5.
Kansas kickoff at noon
West Virginia’s Oct. 6 homecoming game against Kansas will kick off at noon and is slated for broadcast on either ESPN 2 or ESPNU.