- West Virginia Mountaineers football
West Virginia Mountaineersfootball
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Morgantown, West Virginia
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Southern Conference, 5 Big East Conference)
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West Virginia Universityin the NCAA FBSdivision of college football. The Mountaineers head coach as of 2008 is Bill Stewart, who is the team's 32nd head coach.
With a 663-442-45 record, West Virginia is the winningest Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team to have never won a national championship, ahead of
Miami Universityand Virginia Tech. Beginning in the 1937-1938 season, West Virginia was classified as a College Division. From 1939-1972, West Virginia was in the University Division. From '73-'77, WVU was Division I, then from '78-present WVU has been Division I-A.
WVU played mainly as an Independent from 1891 to 1990, with intermittent stints in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1925-1927), and the Southern Conference (1950-1967). Since 1991, after reclassifications as a Division 1 Independent (1973-1977) and a Division 1-A Independent (1978-1990), the team competes in the
Big East Conference. WVU had no team in 1892 and 1918.
West Virginia has only had undefeated regular seasons in 1988, when it went to the National Championship in the
Fiesta Bowlto face University of Notre Dame, and in 1993, when they went to the Sugar Bowlto face University of Florida. However, West Virginia lost both bowl games, 34-21 to Notre Dame, and 41-7 to Florida. Both undefeated regular seasons were under their coach Don Nehlen. WVU's worst season was in 1960, which was a winless record against ten opponents.
WVU has been Conference champions thirteen times (8 in the Southern Conference, five in the Big East Conference). West Virginia's highest-ever poll ranking is #1 (in the
Coaches Pollfollowing Week 13 of the 2007 season). WVU has participated in 27 bowl games; their record stands at 12-15. Major bowls include the Sugar Bowl(3 times), Peach Bowl(4 times), Fiesta Bowl(2 times), and the Gator Bowl(6 times). The Mountaineers are 2-0 in BCSbowl games, both wins under quarterback Patrick White and running back Steve Slaton's lead.
The 2005 season and the 2006 season produced the first consecutive 11-win seasons in school history. [ [http://www.athlonsports.com/college-football/10788/no-5-offense-expected-to-carry-load-for-wvu No. 5: Offense expected to carry load for WVU - AthlonSports.com ] ] In the 2007 season, the Mountaineers started the season as the #3-ranked team, the highest preseason ranking in school history. That team eventually was ranked #1 in the Coaches Poll, and finished the season with a third consecutive 11-win season after their Fiesta Bowl victory.
West Virginia unveiled a new, gold uniform design for the 2007 season. The uniform has a gold top (instead of blue) with blue stripes (instead of gold). The uniform is currently being featured as the alternative home uniform. Running back
Steve Slatonsported the uniform when he attended the 2007 Playboy All-American honoring at the Playboy Mansionat the beginning of the pre-season. [ [http://www.broncosports.com/PhotoAlbum.dbml?ATCLID=879132&SPSID=48553&SPID=4061&DB_OEM_ID=9900&PALBID=11377 Boise State ] ] [http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u162/prestonco/454024.gif?t=1179372180] The uniforms were first used against Mississippi Statefor homecoming, then they used for WVU's official "Gold Rush" vs. Louisville.
West Virginia has won or shared a conference title 13 times, including 5 Big East titles.
ECAC Lambert-Meadowlands Trophyis an annual award given to the best team in the East in Division I-A college football. West Virginia has won it 4 times.
The 1987 season was the beginning of
Major Harrisas the starting quarterback for West Virginia. Only a redshirt-freshman, Harris led the Mountaineers to a Sun Bowlberth, after a 1-3 start.
The 1988 season opened with coach
Don Nehlen's alma mater, Bowling Green University. The win marked the beginning of the run, winning 62-14. West Virginia beat their next opponent, Cal-State Fullerton, 45-10. West Virginia's first challenge was against the University of Maryland. West Virginia got behind the Terps 14-0, but pulled away at halftime, winning 55-24.
West Virginia's next game was at the
University of Pittsburgh. The game was a defensive struggle, until running back A.B. Brown, a Pitt transfer, ran a draw for 64-yards and the score. Scoring 14-points in the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers broke away and won 31-10. West Virginia then traveled to rival Virginia Tech, and won 22-10, even though they produced four fumbles in the game. The next two games, a win at East Carolina University, and a 59-point win at Boston College, gave West Virginia a 7-0 record.
Next, the late October matchup vs Penn State at Mountaineer Field is widely regarded as one of the greatest games in Mountaineer football history. Before a nationwide CBS audience, the Mountaineers were up 34-8 before the half. On a draw play, running back
Undra Johnsonran 55 yards for the touchdown to end the half. The game also included a touchdown run by Major Harris, which is remembered in West Virginia lore as "The Run".Fact|date=September 2008
The next game was at the
University of Cincinnati, where the Mountaineers started slow in the first half. Receiver Reggie Rembertscored three times, and the Mountaineers won by scoring 24 points in the third quarter. The Mountaineers traveled to Giants Stadiumto play Rutgers, who had beat Penn St., Boston College, and Michigan State. The Mountaineers played poor, but came out with the win.
The final regular season game of the season was at home, against the
Syracuse University. The Orangemen were 9-1, while the Mountaineers were 10-0. The highlight of the game was a 49-yard interception by Willie Edwards that was taken for a touchdown. The Mountaineers won 31-9, and took a famous lap around the stadium to entertain the 65,000 fans in Morgantown.
West Virginia traveled to the
Fiesta Bowlto play the only other undefeated team in the NCAA, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Free safety Darrell Whitmorewas out for the Mountaineers, but Nehlen moved star Bo Orlandofrom strong safety to free to fill the hole. Nehlen recalled the move as "our first mistake...". "Another mistake I made is that I let the media overrun us".Fact|date=September 2008
West Virginia's offense was doomed from the third play of the game. Major Harris separated his shoulder on the third play when he was slammed to the ground by Irish Linebacker Michael Stonebreaker. He couldn't throw well for the rest of the game. Linemen John Stroia and Bob Kovach were injured for the Mountaineers in that game as well. Notre Dame completely dominated the game. West Virginia only made one serious threat. Willie Edwards picked off a Tony Rice pass in the 3rd quarter. ND led by 13 points at the time. A Harris incompletion and two ND sacks took WVU out of field goal range, and the threat was over. ND opened up a 27 point lead before two late WVU touchdowns made the score respectable. WVU lost 34-21, it was their first loss of the season for the national championship.
West Virginia's '88 team was highlighted with an explosive offense, led by Major Harris. Harris, only a sophomore, threw an exceptional deep ball in addition to his remarkable scrambling ability. Runningbacks
A.B. Brown, Undra Johnson, Eugene Napoleon, and Criag Taylorat fullback highlighted the run game. The runners were led by Rick Phillipsand Brian Smideron the offensive line, along with Stroia and Kovach, while Kevin Kokenled the line at center. Early in the season, Keith Winnwas moved from receiver to tight end, providing help to the run game, but was more famous as a deep-pass threat. The receivers catching the balls from Harris were led by Reggie Rembert, who was accompanied by Calvin Phillipsand Grantis Bell.
Coach Don Nehlen credited West Virginia's '88 team's defense as being the main factor to their success. The linebacking core included
Renaldo Turnbull, Dale Jackson, Theron Ellis, and Bobby Pickett. Mike Foxand Chris Parkerheaded the defensive line, along with Chris Haering. The secondary was one of the best in West Virginia history, led by Bo Orlandoand Darrell Whitmore. Orlando had a good pro career with the Houston Oilersand Pittsburgh Steelers, while Darrell went pro in baseball. Willie Edwards played corner along with Alvoid Mays, who went pro as well, and Lawrence Drumgooleplayed solid backup corner.
The 1993 season began with an uncertainty at quarterback. Both
Darren Studstilland Jake Kelchnerwere up for the spot, but coach Don Nehlendecided to have a rotation each game while playing freshman Chad Johnstona few games. Star runningback Adrian Murrellwas replaced that season by Robert Walkerand All-American center Mike Comptonwas replaced by Dale Williams. Guard Rich Brahamprovided help to Walker in the run game. Young Aaron Beasleyand Mike Logan led the secondary.
The first game against
Eastern Michigan Universitywas an easy win. The next was against the University of Maryland. Kelchner passed for 270 yards and Harold Kidd grabbed a big interception to seal the win, 42-37. The next week, the Mountaineers blew by the University of Missouri35-3 in Morgantown. In that game, Mike Collinsreturned a fumble 97 yards for a score and Vann Washingtonhad an interception taken 27-yards for another score.
The next week was a close win against
Virginia Tech, 14-13. The Mountaineers won, even though turning the ball over five times, when the Tech kicker missed a 44-yard field goal. The next game was against the University of Louisville, one of the toughest games of the season. Led by Brian Brohm's older brother, Jeff Brohm, the Cardinals were undefeated like the Mountaineers. But Robert Walker score three times, and led the Mountaineers to a close 36-34 win. The win led the Mountaineers into the Top 15 in the country. The next game, against the University of Pittsburgh, had a close first quarter. But Robert Walker rushed for over 150 yards and Mike Bakercaught a couple of touchdown passes to pull away and win, 42-21.
The next game was a revengeful game. In 1992, West Virginia played the
University of Syracuse, when a massive fight occurred. In a controversial decision, three Mountaineers were ejected, while only one Orangeman was ejected. That led to the Syracuse win. In the '93 version of the game, after missing two field goals, the Mountaineers were up 7-0 at halftime. But in the second half, the Mountaineer exploded. After a 90-yard run by Robert Walker, the Mountaineers won 43-0.
Rutgersand Temple University, the Mountaineers were 9-0. In one of the biggest games in Mountaineer history, the #4 University of Miamicame to Morgantown. The game was close, but Robert Walker won the game when he took a run to the sideline in the fourth quarter. Up 17-14, with four minutes left, Jake Kelchner threw a 40-yard bomb to seal the game.
After the game, Jake Kelchner injured his arm and Vann Washington had leg problems. The next game was against
Boston College, where the Mountaineers were almost taken by surprise. Down 11 points with 13 minutes left, Don Nehlen told defensive coordinator Steve Dunlapto put in Charles Emanueland Mike Logan. The next play, Mike Logan hit the fullback, resulting in a fumble which was recovered by the Mountaineers. Darren Studstill drove 63-yards downfield, and hit Eddie Hillfor one of the greatest scores in West Virginia history. West Virginia finished the season 11-0, their second undefeated season.
West Virginia was scheduled to play the
Florida Gatorsin the Sugar Bowl. The Mountaineers first drive went 80-yards and scored on a pass, then stopped the Gators on their first drive. The next Gator-drive almost went three-and-out, until a personal foul on Steve Perkinsgave Florida the momentum. Jake Kelchner was playing a good game, but then Don Nehlen surprised many by putting Studstill in. On the Mountaineers first drive, Studstill threw an interception. Florida ran off with the game after that, winning 41-7.
Coach Don Nehlen said of the game, "We had wanted to play Nebraska in the Orange Bowl as the only two undefeated teams, but the bowl coalition didn't like the match. Instead, we were slotted to play Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. Instead, the Sugar Bowl paid more money so the conference and administration wanted us to play Florida."
The 2005 season followed a disappointing 2004 campaign, where the Mountaineers were led to an 8-4 record with
Rasheed Marshall, Kay-Jay Harris, Pacman Jones, and Chris Henry, after having National Championship expectations. The '05 season was meant to be a rebuilding season. With Marshall and Harris leaving, the quarterback and halfback positions were open. Adam Bednarik and redshirt-freshman Patrick White were competing for the spot, while Coach Rich Rodriguezwas thinking of re-using the '93 quarterback rotation. The halfback spot seemed to be filled by junior Jason Colson, but true freshman Steve Slatonbroke out and took the job. Junior Dan Mozesled the offensive line at center. Mike Lorelloand Jahmile Addaeheaded the secondary, while junior Kevin "Boo" McLeeled the linebacking corps.
The Mountaineers first game was a 15-7 win at Syracuse. Bednarik finished the game with 104 pass yards, while White barely broke the stat sheet. The Mountaineers lacked in the rushing game though, only having 170 yards. Next, the Mountaineers hosted Division I-AA (now known as Division I FCS) Wofford, which was an easy 35-7 win. Former star of the undefeated '88 team,
Darrell Whitmore, came to see Adam Bednarik throw his first career touchdown pass to receiver Darius Reynaud, who had 57 yards and his first career touchdown catch. Pat White led the team in rushing with 107 yards, making his first touchdown run off of a 48-yard dash.
The Mountaineers then traveled to Maryland and won 31-19. Adam Bednarik was injured in the third quarter, and Pat White took over. White scored 24 points in the last quarter, which began his career of starts. Fullback
Owen Schmittled the rushers with 80 yards, while freshman Jason Gwaltneyhad 44 yards. Then the Mountaineers hosted East Carolina in a close 20-15 victory. Defensive back Antonio Lewistook a punt 76-yards for a score, while Adam Bednarik led passers with 116 yards and a score and Pat White had a touchdown pass as well.
West Virginia's only loss came to a Virginia Tech team, led by
Marcus Vick, who were determined to win the finale of the Black Diamond Trophyrivalry. Although the Mountaineers lost 34-17, the game marked the beginning of the tandem of Pat White and Steve Slaton. Slaton made his first appearance, leading the team with 90 yards on just 11 rushes. White had 85 yards and two touchdown through the air. Vick won the game for the Hokies though, with 177 yards threw the air, and 77 yards on the ground, and totaled 3 touchdowns.
Freshman Steve Slaton made his first ever start the next week against Rutgers, rushing for 139 yards and a touchdown to win 27-14. Pat White saw little playing time, while Bednarik totaled 78 yards and a score.
The next game was one of the greatest in West Virginia history.
Mountaineer Fieldhosted Louisville, led by Brian Brohmand Michael Bush. West Virignia went into the half losing 17-0. The Mountaineers overcame a 17-point deficit, led by Steve Slaton and Pat White, to send the game into overtime. Kicker Pat McAfeemade the greatest kick in Mountaineer history, an onside kick that the Mountaineers recovered that led to the game-tying score. West Virginia took it into three overtimes, when Louisville put up the score in the third to make it 46-44. Brian Brohm dropped back on the 2-point conversion, looking for a receiver. He then tried to scramble up the middle, when safety Eric Wickshit him short of the endzone to win the game. Steve Slaton ran for 188 yards and a Big East record six touchdowns, while Pat White totaled 118 all-purpose yards. Michael Bush scored 4 times for Louisville, but the Mountaineers came out victorious.
Pat White made his first start the next week against UConn, winning 45-13. Steve Slaton totaled 71 yards and a score, while White racked up 106 pass yards and a score and 63 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Then the Mountaineers traveled to the
University of Cincinnatiand won 38-0. Slaton rushed for 129 yards and four touchdowns, while White rushed for 111 yards and passed for 100 yards and a score.
Then Pat White broke loose against Pitt in the annual
Backyard Brawl. White rushed for a record 220 yards and two scores, while Slaton rushed for 179 yards and two scores. Jahmile Addae also had a key interception of Tyler Palkoand took it 40 yards for a score. Then West Virginia capped off the regular season in a win at South Florida. Pat White rushed for 177 yards and two scores and Steve Slaton rushed for 112 yards and a score. Addae made another key interception, marking his last regular season game as a Mountaineer.
2006 Sugar Bowl
The Mountaineers were the underdog in the match up against the #8 Georgia Bulldogs in the
Sugar Bowl, which was relocated to Atlanta, Georgiaafter Hurricane Katrina. The Mountaineers turned heads when they scored four unanswered touchdowns against the Bulldog defense. The Mountaineers went into halftime, leading 31-21. The 52-points in the first half set a BCS record. The Mountaineers scored again on a Slaton run, giving the Mountaineers a 38-28 advantage. The Bulldogs scored again on a 43 yard pass from D.J. Shockley. Then, in one of the greatest plays in West Virginia history, the game was sealed. Punter Phil Bradylined up in Georgia territory, ready to punt to the Bulldogs with less than two minutes left. He took the snap, and then burst on a run. He ran for the first down, and then slid down in front of two Bulldogs. The run sealed the game as the Bulldogs had no time outs left.
Steve Slaton's 204 yards broke
Tony Dorsett's Sugar Bowl record. Jahmile Addae capped of an impressive career by causing a fumble that led to a Mountaineer score. Mike Lorello also caused a fumble to cap his career. Pat White threw for 120 yards a, as well as rushing for 77 yards. Georgia QB D.J. Shockley tallied 277 yards and three scores too.
The win marked the biggest bowl win in Mountaineer history.
The team was led by senior defensive backs Addae and Lorello on the defensive side of the ball, and junior center Mozes on the offensive side. The season marked the beginning of the Steve Slaton and Pat White duo, and marked an impressive season for fullback Owen Schmitt.
Steve Slaton totaled 1,128 yards and 17 touchdowns in the late games he played in. Slaton was named First-team All-freshman team,
Big Eastrookie of the year, ECAC rookie of the year, second-team All-Big East, and Nokia Sugar Bowl MVP. Slaton was also a finalist for the Maxwell Awardand Doak Walker Award. Slaton's 1,128 yards is third for a freshman in West Virginia history also.
Pat White only had 828 yards passing and eight scores, but he totaled 952 yards rushing with 7 scores.
eason results since 1950
† Conference Champions
Since 1950 West Virginia has had a record of 381-253-11, appeared in 24 bowl games, won 13 Conference titles and has ended the season ranked 15 times.
:Bill Stewart: Head Coach:Doc Holliday: Associate Head Coach, Director of Recruiting, Fullbacks, Tight Ends:
Steve Dunlap: Assistant Head Coach, Safeties: Jeff Mullen: Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks: Jeff Casteel: Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers: Chris Beatty: Runningbacks, Slot Receivers: Bill Kirelawich: Defensive line:Dave Johnson: Offensive line:David Lockwood: Cornerbacks:Lonnie Galloway: Receivers
*West Virginia vs Pittsburgh in the
Backyard Brawl, the school's primary football rivalry
*West Virginia vs Syracuse (play for the
Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy)
*West Virginia vs Maryland
*West Virginia vs Louisville
*Though not a true rivalry, after a series of upsets, the
University of South Floridahas been regarded as a heated potential rival in the foreseeable future.
*Another non-true rivalry is West Virginia vs
Michigan Wolverinesbecause of West Virginia University coaches of various sports leaving for Michigan. Also shirts have been sold saying " I love West Virginia, Ohio State and any other team that plays Michigan!".
*West Virginia vs Virginia Tech in the Battle for the
Black Diamond Trophy(ended run in 2005 season, WVU holds a 28-22-1 edge in the series. However, Virginia Tech holds the trophy.)
*West Virginia vs Penn State (a bitter rivalry last played in 1992. Penn State would later join the
Big Tenin 1994. Penn State holds a 48-9-2 lead in the series.)
*Consecutive Wins: 14, 2005-2006
*Consecutive Regular Season Wins: 13, 1952-1953, 2005-2006
*Most Points Scored in a Game: 92, Marshall - 1915
*Largest Margin of Victory: 89, Geneva - 1951
*Most Points Scored in a Season: 515, 2007
*Most Rushes in a Season: 712, 2002
*Most Passes in a Season: 433, 1998
*Most Passing Yards in a Season: 3,607, 1998
*Most Career Totals Yards: 7,301 Pat White
*Most Career Passing Yards: 8,153,
*Most Passing Yards in a Season: 3,607, Marc Bulger - 1998
*Most Career Pass Completions: 630, Marc Bulger
*Most Pass Completions in a Season: 274, Marc Bulger - 1998
*Highest Career Completion Percentage: 64.2%, Patrick White
*Highest Completion Percentage in a Season: 66.7%, Dan Kendra - 1977
*Most Career Touchdown Passes: 59, Marc Bulger
*Most Touchdown Passes in a Season: 31, Marc Bulger - 1998
*Highest Career Passing Efficiency: 150.08, Patrick White
*Highest Passing Efficiency in a Season: 164.02,
Jake Kelchner- 1993
*Most Career Rushing Yards: 5,164,
*Most Rushing Yards in a Season: 1,744,
Steve Slaton- 2006
*Most Career All-Purpose Yards: 5,623, Avon Cobourne
*Most All-Purpose Yards in a Season: 2,104, Steve Slaton - 2006
*Most Career Rushing Yards by a Quarterback: 3,506, Patrick White
*Most Rushing Yards by a Quarterback in a Season: 1,335, Patrick White - 2007
*Most Career Rushing Yards by a Fullback: 1,773, Walter Easley
*Most Rushing Yards by a Fullback in a Season: 843,
Jim Braxton- 1969
*Most Career Rushing Attempts: 1,050, Avon Cobourne
*Most Rushing Attempts in a Season: 335, Avon Cobourne - 2002
*Most Career Rushing Touchdowns: 50,
*Most Rushing Touchdowns in a Season: 19,
*Most Career 100-yard Rushing Games: 28, Avon Cobourne
*Most Rushing Yards in a Game: 337,
Kay-Jay Harris- East Carolina, 2004
*Most Career Receiving Yards: 2,608,
*Most Receiving Yards in a Season: 1,043, David Saunders - 1996
*Most Career Receptions: 191, David Saunders
*Most Receptions in a Season: 77, David Saunders
*Most Receptions in a Game: 12, Mickey Walczak, Pat Greene,
Shawn Foreman, & David Saunders - 1981, 1997, 1997, & 1998
*Most Career Touchdown Receptions: 23, Cedric Thomas
*Most Touchdown Receptions in a Season: 12,
Chris Henry& Darius Reynaud- 2004 & 2007
*Most Career Yards per Reception: 20.88,
*Most Yards per Reception in a Season: 26.24, Rich Hollins - 1982
*Most Tackles in a Career: 492,
*Most Tackles for a Loss in a Career: 47.5, Grant Wiley
*Highest Career Punting Average: 46.22,
*Highest Punting Average in a Season: 48.57, Todd Sauerbrun - 1994
*Most Career Punt Return Yards: 1,191,
*Most Punt Return Yards in a Season: 479,
Vaughn Rivers- 2007
*Highest Career Punt Return Average: 14.99, John Mallory
*Highest Punt Return Average in a Season: 20.79, Lance Frazier - 2003
Individual Award Winners
Dave Rimington Trophy: Dan Mozes- 2006
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*1893, West Virginia 12, Mt. Pleasant 0: The second game in West Virginia history, the first win in history.
*1915, West Virginia 92,
Marshall University6: The largest amount of points that the Mountaineers have ever scored in a single game.
*1922, West Virginia 21,
Gonzaga University13: The Mountaineers won the San Diego East-West Christmas Classic, which was their first bowl win in the school's history.
Sun Bowl, West Virginia 7, Texas Tech University6: WVU's first January bowl win.
*1973, West Virginia 20, Miami 14: Backup quarterback Ben Williams led the Mountaineers to the upset at Miami, ending with a 32-yard bomb to win the game for the Mountaineers.
Peach Bowl, West Virginia 13, NC State 10: Bobby Bowdenwas coaching West Virginia when Lou Holtzwas coaching NC State. The game was won by West Virginia when Scott MacDonald, a tight end, caught a 50 yard pass. Bill Cowher, later famous for coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers, was playing linebacker for NC State.
*1980, West Virginia 41,
University of Cincinnati27: Mountaineer Field hosts its first game. Also, the Flying WV logo makes its debut while John Denvermakes a live appearance to lead Mountaineer Nation in the singing of Country Roads.
Peach Bowl, West Virginia 26, University of Florida6: Don Nehlen coached the Mountaineers to a Peach Bowl win during his second year as head coach. West Virginia showed dominance over Florida and the Mountaineers won by a point-spread of 20. This was also Don Nehlen's first bowl win as head coach.
*1982, West Virginia 41, No. 9 Oklahoma 27: West Virginia opened their season off upsetting Oklahoma as an underdog.
Jeff Hostetlerhelped win the game with his passing game. After the game, West Virginia players were escorted by police onto the bus, out of Norman, Oklahoma.
*1982, West Virginia 19, Maryland 18: A week after the win at Oklahoma, kicker
Paul Woodsidekicks four field goals, while Maryland fails the game-winning two-point conversion due to a Darryl Talleyblitz.
*1983, West Virginia 24, Pittsburgh 21: With Jeff Hostetler passing for a touchdown with 6:27 left in the game and then run around the right side for a six-yard score, West Virginia lifted themselves over Pittsburgh and into the Number 7 spot in the polls. This was West Virginia's first victory over Pittsburgh in seven years.
*1984, West Virginia 21, No. 4
Boston College20: West Virginia entered the half trailing 20-6. Their second half ended with 15 points to come from behind to upset Boston College. This would be the fourth straight time that Boston College Heisman winner Doug Flutiehad failed to defeat West Virginia.
*1984, West Virginia 17, No. 19 Penn State 14: Only a week after upsetting Boston College, West Virginia upset then ranked 19, Penn State. West Virginia runningback Pat Randolph scored in what Jack Fleming called, “The most important 22 yards a Mountaineer running back has ever gained!” That would be the first time West Virginia had beat Penn State since 1955 and it lifted West Virginia to 12 in the polls.
*1985, West Virginia 27,
Rutgers0: The 500th win in West Virginia football history.
*1988, West Virginia 51, Penn State 30: West Virginia, ranked 7 at the time, scored 41 points in the first half to roll over the Nittany Lions. It was the most first half points ever allowed by a
Joe Paternocoached team and the most ever had scored in its history. West Virginia's win was also credited widely to Major Harris, who had a touchdown run which is forever known in West Virginia history as "the Play".
*1993, West Virginia 17, No. 4 Miami 14: With a school record 70,222 fans attending to watch West Virginia, the Mountaineers came from behind to defeat Miami. Robert Walker of West Virginia scored the game winning touchdown in the 4th quarter to help Number 9 West Virginia advance in the polls.
*1993, West Virginia 17, No. 11 Boston College 14: Eddie Hill, a receiver of West Virginia, scored the game winning touchdown with a leaping catch in the endzone in the final seconds for No. 5 West Virginia to win their final regular season game. West Virginia advanced to the
Sugar Bowl, only to lose to No. 8 Florida.
*1998, West Virginia 35, No. 15 Syracuse 28:
Marc Bulgerof West Virginia passed a touchdown to receiver David Saundersto score the winning touchdown. Donovan McNabb, quarterback of the Orangemen, couldn't take the ball downfield and West Virginia pulled out a win.
*1993, West Virginia 35,
University of Missouri3: Mike Collins led West Virginia's blowout of the Missouri team by ripping the ball from the Mizzou back and taking it 97-yards for the score.
*1994, West Virginia 21, No. 17 Boston College 20: WVU linebacker Matt Taffoni on fourth and inches with 1:17 left in the game, to cap a huge comeback against the ranked Boston College team.
*1995, West Virginia 31,
Boston College19: The 1000th game in West Virginia football history; at Chesnut Hill.
*1997, West Virginia 30, No. 19
Virginia Tech17: Amos Zereoueran for 153 yards with the Big Easttitle on the line, to upset to Number 19 Hokies and end the 3 game losing streak to VT.
*1998, West Virginia 35, No. 15 Syracuse 28: Ending a two-game losing streak, the Mountaineers upset the Orangemen, who were led by
Donovan McNabb, at Mountaineer Field. The Orangemen finished the season by winning the Big East title, with the loss to West Virginia their only conference loss.
*2000, West Virginia 42, East Carolina 24: This was Don Nehlen's last game at Mountaineer Field. He led the team to an 18-point victory over the Pirates.
Music City Bowl, West Virginia 49, Ole Miss 38: West Virginia scored 25 first half points to upset favored Mississippi in coach Don Nehlen's last game coaching West Virginia. West Virginia's Brad Lewis, quarterback, scored a bowl-record 5 touchdown passes and their whole offense racked up 432 total yards on offense.
*2001 West Virginia 20,
Ohio University3: West Virginia and the new head coach Rich Rodriguezshowed a very impressive display of dominance. They bounced back after having lost to Boston College in their season opener. This game was Rodriguez's first win at West Virginia.
*2002, West Virginia 37,
East Carolina University17: Avon Cobournerushed for 260 yards to gain the all-time rushing record at West Virginia, while Quincy Wilson ran for 198 yards to beat ECU.
*2002, West Virginia 21, No. 13 Virginia Tech 18:
Quincy Wilsonrushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and West Virginia held Virginia Tech on the goalline to win the game. It was West Virginia's first victory over a nationally ranked team on the road since defeating Boston College 17-14 in 1993, and the first win over a ranked team since defeating Syracuse 35-28 in 1998.
*2003, West Virginia 28, No. 3 Virginia Tech 7: West Virginia's victory was the biggest in school history. No. 3 Virginia Tech was the highest ranked team West Virginia had beaten on the football field and was
Rich Rodriguez' first win over a Top 10 team. Virginia Tech's only score was on a controversial fumble return Touchdown. (Some fans refer the final score to the game as 28-"7", or West Virginia 28 - Referees 7 - Virginia Tech 0)
*2005 West Virginia 46, No. 19 Louisville 44: West Virginia was down 24-7 late in the fourth quarter, and nobody had picked them to win the game. Adam Bednarik, the then starting quarterback for the Mountaineers, injured his foot late in the fourth, and redshirt freshman
Pat Whitetook over on a fourth-and-ten. He, along with RB Steve Slaton, engineered 3 scoring drives for the Mountaineers in the last 7 minutes, tying the game 24-24. In a triple-overtime thriller, the Mountaineers prevent Louisville's two-point conversion try, and win it 46-44.
Sugar Bowl, West Virginia 38, Georgia 35: In what is considered one of the biggest upsets in the history of BCS bowl games, West Virginia scored 21 points in the first quarter (and 28 points in the first 20 minutes) to jump ahead early. Steve Slaton, a true freshman running back, won the MVP award and broke Tony Dorsett's Sugar Bowl record of 204 rushing yards. The play of the game was when in the 4th quarter Rich Rodriguez called a fake punt which caught the Bulldogs punting unit off-guard to get the first down and run out the clock to win.
*2006 #15 West Virginia 41, #13
Rutgers39: After losing to Louisville and USF, West Virginia had a chance to finish 2nd in the Big Eastwith a win at Louisville. After beating Louisville, but losing to Cincinnati, Rutgers needed to win this to win a portion of the Big East, and the tiebreaker, since they would have shared it with a Louisville team that they had already beaten. Louisville didn't lose, and Rutgers didn't win. Losing to West Virginia in three overtimes, on the 2-point conversion pass to Ray Rice, much in the same fashion that Louisville lost to WVU in the 2005 matchup. Backup quarterback Jarrett Brownfilled in for an injured Pat White (football player), Brown totaled 244 pass yards and a score, and 73 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown. Steve Slatonrushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Gator Bowl, West Virginia 38, Georgia Tech 35: It was the sixth time WVU had played in the Gator Bowl but just the first win. Owen Schmitt and Pat White stepped up as Slaton would sit out after only 3 carries. Schmitt ran 52 yards on WVU's first play of the game. He would score twice before halftime to cut the deficeit to 11. Georgia Tech took an 18 point lead with an early 2nd half TD 35-17. White stepped up and would throw for 2 TDs and run for another in a 9 minute span to give WVU a 38-35 lead and the win.
*2007 #3 West Virginia 48,
Marshall University23: Before this game, the Mountaineers had not been in Huntington for 92 years. During the game, West Virginia trailed Marshall at halftime 13-6, but made a comeback to win by 25 points.
*2007 #3 West Virginia 66, #20 Connecticut 21: The victory for the Mountaineers was led by Pat White as the team clinched a
Big EastChampionship and moved to the #2 position in the BCS standingsand the program's first #1 ranking in the USA Coaches Poll. The game marked the most points given up by a Huskie team since 2000. White and Steve Slatonbecame only the third pair of teammates in the Football Bowl Subdivision to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in consecutive seasons, matching Arkansas' Darren McFaddenand Felix Jonesin 2006-2007 and Minnesota's Marion Barber IIIand Laurence Maroneyin 2003-2004.
Fiesta Bowl, #9 West Virginia 48, #3 Oklahoma 28: In West Virginia's second attempt in the Fiesta Bowl,(the first being the 1989 National Championship vs. Notre Dame) they were matched with Big 12 Champion Oklahoma. Under interimhead coach Bill Stewart, West Virginia was a decided underdog, with most sports analysis picking Oklahoma to easily win. However, West Virginia opened the scoring with a Pat McAfeefield goal and never trailed in the contest. West Virginia was dominant on both sides of the ball with Oklahoma having no answer for the speed of the Big East Champion Mountaineers. Patrick White was stellar in leading the high power offense and was chosen the Offensive MVP. Reed Williamsled a dominating performance from the defensive unit and was chosen as Defensive MVP.
Clarence Spears-- Coach: 1921-1924
Marshall Glenn-- Coach: 1937-1939
Dudley DeGroot-- Coach: 1948-1949
Jim Carlen-- Coach: 1966-1969
Bobby Bowden-- Coach: 1970-1975
Don Nehlen-- Coach: 1980-2000
Rich Rodriguez-- Coach: 2001-2007
Bill Stewart-- Coach: 2008-Present
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