WVU notebook: Trickett enjoys reunion with father, but not his effort vs. TCU
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett was among the 61,190 inside Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday watching West Virginia lose to TCU, 31-30, in the final seconds.
“I told him I was sorry he had to come see that one,” WVU quarterback Clint Trickett said. “I was embarrassed with the way I played. He said, ‘Hey, don’t you worry about that. I’m happy to see you,’ and stuff like that. It kind of put things in perspective. But I wish I could have had a better outcome for him.”
Rick Trickett suffered a mild heart attack last month and missed the Notre Dame-FSU game. He watched the game from the hospital and quickly returned to work. He is fine now, but he provided quite a scare.
Clint had his worst game of the season, as reflected by his comments. Maybe he failed to get the word from coach Dana Holgorsen.
“Our focus is 100 percent on (Saturday’s opponent) Texas,” Holgorsen said, adding that “TCU questions” would be fielded by he and his assistants, but not the players.
“I would ask, and the players are going to abide by this, that they’re not interested in talking about TCU,” he said. “They have completely moved on.”
Some reporters, however, managed to sneak in a few TCU questions, such as asking cornerback Terrell Chestnut about the play in which he scored a touchdown after stripping the ball from a receiver.
Trickett was 15 of 26 for 162 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
The game’s aftermath “was tough,” he said. “I didn’t get a lot of sleep. But it’s kind of like an interception. You’ve got to move on. Obviously, I didn’t play my best game. It was a rough atmosphere. I don’t think their quarterback played too well, either. It was kind of the way the game went. It was just one of those days.”
Despite Saturday’s outcome, Trickett is among 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award, which goes to the nation’s top quarterback.
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After starting the season with seven straight games of at least 100 receiving yards, Kevin White had his second straight game of fewer than 30. He is frequently running into double coverage.
“It’s a little frustrating, but whatever we have to do to win, that’s what we’ll do, whether I get the ball or not,” he said.
White got the ball three times against TCU, and the Mountaineers didn’t win. His last two receptions totaled 5 yards.
“We’ve had good receivers in the past, and we’ve been creative,” offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said, “There’s a lot of ways of getting him the ball underneath, and we have to focus on that. We can do a better job of being a lot more creative with him.”
Bob Cohn is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.Reach him at [email protected].