November 6, 2012

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After a gut-check loss at Kansas State, the Cowboys have a quick turnaround as they continue their season with West Virginia this Saturday.

Of all the storylines floating around the midseason matchup, the most intriguing has to be former OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen's return to Stillwater. Holgorsen left Oklahoma State after the successful 2010 season, and has found success at West Virginia, though his team is limping into the match up with three-straight losses.

"No question they're well rounded," OSU coach Mike Gundy said of the Mountaineers. "They throw for a lot of yards and they run for a lot of yards. Their quarterback still has an unbelievable touchdown to interception ratio."

The visit from their old coach raises both excitement and concern for the Oklahoma State fan base, as no one knows a team better than a former coach, but Gundy was complimentary of his former assistant, and looks back on his time at OSU in a positive light.

After all, Gundy's squad still uses a variation of the offense Holgorsen implemented at the beginning of that 2010 season, though he insists they've changed enough parts of it that West Virginia won't know exactly what they're doing.

"Dana was good for us," he said. "When we made the transition three years ago, it was good that we were able to make a smooth transition and be able to put up some good offensive numbers and score some points.

"It was good that he was able to come in here, we learned a lot from his system."

Outside of Holgorsen, West Virginia's defensive coordinator is Joe DeForest, which was the special teams coordinator at Oklahoma State last season, and the ten seasons before that. Holgorsen also snatched All-Big 12 corner back Andrew McGee, who graduated from OSU two years ago but stayed on as a graduate assistant last season.

"They know our guys and know our players," offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. "We don't have anybody here who knows their guys, but that's neither here nor there. We just have to play good football on both sides of the ball and not turn it over."

Quarterback carousel starting to spin out of control

After Wes Lunt left the game against Kansas State on Saturday, backup Clint Chelf entered the game and almost led the team to a comeback win.

This week, it's once-again unknown to both the media and the team as to who will be starting at quarterback for the Pokes, as it was a month ago when J.W. Walsh was healthy.

"It's just about getting reps," Monken said. "We were lucky enough that when we came out of the spring, I thought we had three pretty good quarterbacks. I said that then and I really meant it. There wasn't a large margin between them. Clint Chelf had never played in a game that was on the line and the other two sure as heck hadn't."

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