West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen said he would like to see a more consistent four quarters of play from his team, rather than the slow starts that have hampered his Mountaineers in several games this season.
However, he said, what is happening in the alternative hasn't been that bad.
"If we're consistently good all of the time, that's probably an unrealistic expectation," he said during Monday's Big East Conference coaches' teleconference. "If we're consistently bad all of the time, we're going to lose every game. The fact that we're good in spurts is better than the alternative."
The Mountaineers, 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the young conference season, have an open weekend upcoming on the schedule before traveling to New York on Oct. 21 to take on Syracuse, a team that has announced it will soon be departing the Big East Conference for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"We worry about West Virginia," Holgorsen said. "To each, his own.
"We don't need any more motivation than we already have," he added. "If we need any more, we can bring up the fact that Syracuse beat West Virginia last year in Morgantown, W.Va."
The Big East on Monday announced that sophomore wide receiver Stedman Bailey was the Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Connecticut. Bailey caught seven passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. It was the fourth straight 100-yard receiving game for Bailey.
Teammates Geno Smith, who threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns, and Jewone Snow, a freshman linebacker who racked up seven tackles, including one for a safety, were on the Honor Roll. Snow also scooped up a fumble and ran 83 yards with it.
WVU also leads in the first release of the season for the Lambert Cup, an award that showcases Eastern supremacy on the football field. WVU has 196 points, followed by Penn State with 184.
The news makes for an exciting week, even though the Mountaineers will not be playing on the field.
"I'd rather play," Holgorsen said. "Games are a whole lot more fun than practice. The morale is high. Everybody is doing their job, going to school, going on the road recruiting. Everybody has bought in. Everybody is excited when they walk through the door and goes to work."