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Leach V. Holgorsen, 2012

A weekly look at the tactical similarities and differences between Washington State head coach (and Air Raid master) Mike Leach and one of his main proteges, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen.

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Leach v. Holgorsen: A look back

Rewind seven months. We thought we had charting gold on our hands. The hiring of Air Raid guru Mike Leach at Washington State meant a variation of the vaunted offensive philosophy West Virginia had just used to blitz Clemson in the 2012 Orange Bowl would now be showcased on the West Coast. Sure, the two systems would not identical, but the idea of Leach leading a “more aggressive version of Sonny Dykes’” Air Raid attack in the traditionally wide-open Pac-12 Conference was mouth-watering to college football fans everywhere. But then the games started.

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Leach V. Holgorsen: The Final Edition

While we finally got the whole gang back together, we sure didn’t get good offensive football. This past weekend was again defined by the head-scratching struggles of the West Virginia and Washington State offenses.

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Leach v. Holgo: Old Man Snyder crashes the party

This past weekend found the well-rested Washington State Cougars headed down to Palo Alto, while the West Virginia Mountaineers sulked in a much-needed bye week. Just as we replaced Washington State with a fellow Pac-12 squad last week, we will replace WVU with an in-conference fill-in: Bill Snyder’s Kansas State Wildcats. In charting each squad this past weekend, there was a stark contrast of philosophies between the ‘my way or the highway’ Cougars and the ‘we’ll run whatever works for us’ Wildcats.

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Leach V. Holgorsen, Week 7

After starting out 4-for-5 on long pass attempts, Smith went 0 for his next 13.

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Leach V. Holgorsen, Week 6

The pupil breaks out new formations for big gains, and the master sticks with the tried-and-true, unable to find enough offensive talent to move the ball.

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