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West Virginia 69, Marshall 34

So, at least one sports team didn’t disappoint me this weekend… The Mountaineers manhandled the visiting Thundering Herd from Marshall by a score of 69-34. Looks like the 70 points put up in the Orange Bowl back in January was no fluke… 🙂

Here’s a little recap, courtesy of WVU SportsBuzz:

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Orange Crush

It’s a great day to be a Mountaineer, where ever you may be! Amazing game to watch. Proud of our team! So glad to see them prove so much of the nation wrong by going out and beating up on Clemson.

West Virginia 70
Clemson       33
Final

2nd quarter play that brought Mo to West Virginia’s side… to stay:

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Touchdown, West Virginia!

Well, it’s almost football season again. I’m planning on trying to get to the first Mountaineer game of the season this year. It’s often hard to get tickets, so we’ll see.

In the meantime, here’s a (future) highlight video from EA’s NCAA Football 2010:

Video most likely removed from EASports website…

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It’s all White

Man, that was an exciting game this evening.  But it was nice of Mother Nature to get in on the act, adding a little White snow into the mix.

West Virginia held on by the skin of their teeth to win 13-7 over South Florida.

So that means that WVU ends the season at 8-4.  Not what we were wishing for when the year started.  A couple of close losses in there that could’ve gone either way, and you have to win those.  But it was nice to end the regular season with a win.

I wish Pat White much success at the next level.  I’m not sure if I would support the discussion that I heard on ESPN tonight about “retiring” Pat’s #5.  Of course, only time will really tell whether that honor is truly deserved.  He would have to attain success in the NFL, I think, so it’s too early to comment on that.

Speaking of White, look outside.  Well, if you live around here anyway.  It’s white.  ‘Cause of snow.  Not a lot of it out there… just enough to mess up the roads.  I hope everyone is careful leaving the stadium tonight.

Good night and keep warm.

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Well, I guess the good news is…

The Mounties certainly blew it this afternoon, huh? Of course, in the first half at least, they certainly didn’t get any help from the zebras.  They’d call a personal foul on ECU and then the ECU goofball would retaliate, and then–nothing.  So, thanks refs.

But beyond that, the ‘eers couldn’t get the ball in the end zone for nothing.

As I started to say, I guess the good news is… maybe it will be a little bit easier to get some tickets in a few weeks.  Right now, it’s almost impossible for a family of four to afford to go to a Mountaineer football game.  I haven’t been to a home game since Don Nehlen’s last game.  I would like to take Ryan to one, but it’s just too darn much.

But now, after this loss, maybe things will change.

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Stewart for President

wv-ou

Well, I never would have believed it.  If you had told me on the night of December 1, 2007 that "everything would be okay" I would have told you that you were nuts.  That Pitt game had me very down.  So much that I kind of backed off a bit.  I felt I was getting too emotionally involved in these games.  The loss left such a bad taste in my mouth that I couldn’t even bring myself to watch Steelers games because of "those Pittsburgh people."

But I’m learning a few things.  I’m learning how you hold your head up and remain confident (not cocky) in the face of adversity.  I’m learning how to remain composed and bond without definitive leadership.  Everybody out on the field tonight played their part, and they knew that they had to be accountable.  If not to a permanent head coach, at least to the replacement, and, more importantly, to their fellow team members.

There was no "good feeling" coming into this game.  There were no expectations like there were that night in December.  "Who is Bill Stewart? I just hope he can keep the kids in the game."  But that is exactly how you want to enter a big game.  I’m certain that really helped take the pressure off and helped keep things light this week.  No big pressure, just go out and have fun.

That was very enjoyable to watch tonight.  I’m so glad they pulled it off.  You know, I heard someone say that there was one more coach that WVU was interested in hiring, but he still had to coach a bowl game… Well, he’s done now.  And he’s handed you a Fiesta Bowl victory.

Now maybe I’ll actually be able to watch the Steelers play in peace this weekend.

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End of a nice run

Well, it didn’t end like we had hoped. The Mountaineers lost their final game of the regular season tonight to the Pitt Panthers by a score of 13-9. You had to see all the signs pointed that way, didn’t you?

Twelve times this season a top 5 team lost to an unranked team (well, 13 now). And right from the outset, with WVU missing the easy field goals… You just had the sense early on that this was going to be a long night.

Basically, the offensive line could not handle Pitt’s defensive line. That’s what it really boils down to. You can say that “with White, WVU would have won” but I don’t believe that’s true. Even so, you’re a team. You win together, you lose together. One player does not a team make.

There will be a lot of discussion after this one is over, and plenty of disappointment all the way around. But in the end, the team just didn’t get it done tonight.

So we can stop talking national championship, once again, and focus on winning the bowl game.

Thanks for an exciting 2007 season, and the opportunity, at least, to vie for a national title.