This time last week West Virginia University fans were still agonizing over the Mountaineers 37-0 shutout loss to regional rival Maryland.
Fast forward one week later and the fans are jubilant with new hope for the season after WVU’s big upset of then No. 11 ranked Oklahoma State this past Saturday in Morgantown.
Clint Trickett became the third starting quarterback for the Mountaineers this season in the first five games. (Reportedly a pectoral muscle injury to redshirt freshman Ford Childress gave Trickett his chance.)
Trickett made mistakes, but his gutty performance led the Mountaineers to the 30-21 victory. He injured his shoulder and had to leave the game, but gutted it out and came back in to lead WVU on another drive for a game clinching field goal.
But, in my mind, it was the defense that won the game. Time after time the WVU defense kept Oklahoma from scoring or getting a first down. They hit people in the mouth. It was good, old-fashioned hard-hitting football by the defense. Something the fans love.
The win now gives the players, coaches and fans something to look forward to. Just last week many fans were wondering if WVU would win another game. Now, just a few days later, they are talking a bowl game. (It only takes six wins to become bowl eligible and WVU is now 3-2.)
Sure, they have a tough schedule the rest of the way. The Big 12 is not an easy conference – especially on the road.
West Virginia is now 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12 and will travel to Waco, Texas this week to face No. 16 Baylor (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) in a Big 12 Conference contest at Floyd Casey Stadium. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m., ET kickoff. The contest will be televised on FOX Sports 1. Baylor is coming off a bye week and will be rested – or hopefully a little rusty.
They still have six more conference games after this including Texas at home on November 9th. They also have three more road games.
Regardless of the outcome of this next game, the Mountaineers showed a lot of heart and guts in the win over the Cowboys this past Saturday.
Getting six or seven wins now looks possible. There is still plenty of work to do for this team, especially with the special teams and along the offensive line.
At least this team has given the fans reason to sing “Country Roads” at the end of their next home game. When that happens, Mountaineer fans everywhere get goose bumps and emotional when WVU pulls out a win.
The West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performance in the Mountaineers’ 30-21 win over Oklahoma State. Offensive Champion – Clint Trickett; Defensive Champion – Shaq Rowell; Special Teams Champion – Michael Molinari; Offensive Scout Champion – Rushel Shell; Defensive Scout Champion – Rick Greenfield.
WVU defensive coordinator Keith Patterson received the “National Coordinator of the Week award. He also got the same award in the Big 12 conference. No doubt these awards were much deserved.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)