WVU Coach Holgorsen says team is ready for Big 12 play

West Virginia University Coach Dana Holgorsen held a news conference Tuesday to talk about Saturday's away game against the Kansas Jayhawks. (West Virginia University Athletics)

With several non-conference games under its belt, West Virginia University now jumps into Big 12 action.

During a news conference Tuesday, WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen said Saturday's game would be a challenge, but the team is ready for Big 12 play. The Mountaineers will face the Kansas Jayhawks Saturday at KU Memorial Stadium.

“This will be a big challenge for us,” Holgorsen said. “I think our guys will be excited about that. You can say what you want to. We’ve done what we’re supposed to the last couple of weeks. We came up short that first game. We know. We’ve done what we’re supposed to as a football team and a football program the last two weeks and we’re ready to move onto Big 12 play.”

The Mountaineers are 2-1 after dropping the season opener 31-24 against Virginia Tech and then recording back-to-back victories over East Carolina (56-20) and Delaware State (59-16).

Meanwhile, Kansas is 1-2 after opening with a 38-16 victory over Missouri State and then dropping two in a row against Central Michigan, 45-27, and the Ohio University Bobcats, 42-30.

“They’re one and two,” Holgorsen said. “I know the last two games that they’ve lost have been really competitive and have been really close games that they just didn’t happen to win. I see a Kansas team that has improved over the last couple of years.”

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