All Big 12 coaches looking for teams to improve in Week 2

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West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was talking about things his team needs to clean up on offense, defense and special teams. Bill Snyder spoke about Kansas State leaving a lot to be desired in its opener.

Holgorsen and Snyder are the Big 12 coaches whose teams opened the season with shutout victories, and among eight of the 10 who are 1-0 in 2015.

Welcome to Week 2, the time of the season when most coaches look for their teams to make their biggest improvement - between the first and second games. For the first time since 2010, every Big 12 team is playing on each of the first two weekends of the season.

''It doesn't matter who you play, in Week 2, you're going to be searching for improvement,'' Holgorsen said Monday during the Big 12 coaches teleconference. ''It may not have affected the game on specific things, but there's still plenty of things we need to look at to get better.''

The Mountaineers, after a 44-0 opener over Georgia Southern, stay home to play FCS team Liberty on Saturday. Kansas State goes to Texas-San Antonio after a 34-0 win over South Dakota.

''Collectively, across the board, we just made an awful lot, an inordinate amount of mistakes,'' Snyder said.

Kansas lost coach David Beaty's debut after a late bobbled snap prevented an attempt at a long tying field goal. Texas opened its second season under Charlie Strong with an embarrassing 38-3 loss at Notre Dame.

''The whole effort, we could have played much better, expected to play better,'' said Strong, whose team will try to rebound in the home opener against Rice. ''We're just a better football team than we showed.''

Also from the Big 12 coaches conference call:

ENOUGH PLAYERS: Beaty has about 20 fewer scholarship players at Kansas than the NCAA limit of 85, but said that is no excuse after a 41-38 loss to South Dakota State.

''We've got enough players here to give us the competition we need to be able to be competitive,'' said Beaty, whose team trailed 31-7 before halftime.

The new coach said the first game was the ''next step'' in the program, finally putting players in a game for the first time.

''There will be some things that will change for us based on how those guys handled things,'' said Beaty, whose team is home against Memphis on Saturday.


-No. 19 Oklahoma plays its second game at No. 25 Tennessee. Coach Bob Stoops expects an ''exciting atmosphere'' and notes that his team has ''been on a stage before'' with recent nonconference games against the likes of Florida State and Notre Dame.

-TCU coach Gary Patterson said the opening 23-17 victory at Minnesota ''turned out the way I needed it to turn out.'' He hopes that will help the No. 2 Horned Frogs when they play five Big 12 games on the road later in the season.

-Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said it was ''very difficult'' to pick between Patrick Mahomes and Davis Webb as the starting quarterback. Mahomes emerged and was the Big 12 offensive player of the week, throwing for 425 yards and four TDs. Kingsbury said Mahomes was poised in the opener.

-Oklahoma State sophomore quarterback Mason Rudolph finally gets to play at home for the Cowboys. His first three games were on the road at the end of last season, including a bowl victory, and the Cowboys opened this season at Central Michigan. ''I know he has to be excited to play a home game,'' coach Mike Gundy said.