Justin K. Aller
Dana Holgorsen will coach against Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State for the first time since he left the Cowboys after his only season as the team's offensive coordinator.
Dana Holgorsen will coach against Oklahoma State for the first time since leaving his job as offensive coordinator of the Cowboys to take his current position as head coach at West Virginia.
The Mountaineers, now in the same conference as Oklahoma State, hired Holgorsen after his only season in Stillwater. After making his name for himself with high-scoring offenses at Texas Tech and Houston, Holgersen took over an offense that was ranked No. 61 in the nation in total offense and made it No. 3 in the country in scoring. In 2010, the Cowboys set school records in yards, points, passing yards, and passing completions, with Brandon Weeden earning credit as one of the nation's best quarterbacks and Justin Blackmon winning the Biletnikoff Trophy. Oklahoma State's head coach Mike Gundy reminisced on what Holgorsen brought to WVU:
"We were just a typical spread offense. Run/pass, no-huddle offense," Gundy said. "The impact it had was we changed our style of quarterback, so we brought in a scheme that could best fit what Brandon Weeden could have success with, which was pocket-style passing."
The team went on to win the Alamo Bowl that year, and having proven his system could work at a major college, Holgorsen left for West Virginia.
"It worked out good for everybody," Holgorsen said.
Using the same system, the Cowboys won the Fiesta Bowl the next year and finished the season at No. 3 in the country. Holgorsen did not face Oklahoma State in his first year in charge at West Virginia.