In the moments after he’d pulled off the biggest win of his career, Clint Trickett tried to play humble. He felt he’d done “an all right job, good enough to win.”
The stats might back that claim, but they don’t speak to what Trickett achieved in his first career start at West Virginia, a 30-21 win over No. 11 Oklahoma State. For that surprising first start, Trickett is ESPN.com’s Big 12 Player of the Week.
He pulled the upset despite an injured shoulder, one week after Maryland whooped the Mountaineers 37-0. It was about time the Florida State transfer proved what he could bring to this team.
Trickett acknowledged after the game that the wait for this day had been tough. He knew everyone expected him to arrive in Morgantown and immediately take the reins of an offense that’s nothing like what he ran at FSU.
He didn’t have much time to learn, and he couldn’t win the job during fall camp. He waited his turn while Paul Millard and Ford Childress both got chances to lead the team. When coach Dana Holgorsen finally turned to Trickett, he was ready to make his first impression.
Trickett threw for 309 yards and a touchdown and brought an unmistakable spark to the Mountaineers. Despite that shoulder injury, which briefly forced him out of the game and bothered him between plays, Trickett led two fourth-quarter scoring drives to clinch the win and took advantage of the opportunities that a stellar WVU defense provided.
“That’s part of the game, just playing and getting injured and playing through it,” Trickett said. “We harp on ‘team,’ and ‘T’ is for toughness. That’s mental and physical toughness, and that’s just part of it. I didn’t do anything super, just what we’re asked.”
He might not see it as super, but stunning the Big 12 preseason favorite is as good a start as he could’ve asked for -- especially if that means West Virginia finally has a solution for its quarterback conundrum.