Bits & Bytes: WVU - MU

In our last feature before the game, we present some notes and nuggets as West Virginia prepares to host Marshall. Game Scorecard
Sun 9/4/11 3:30 PM

Morgantown, WV

Mountaineer Field
Record: 0-0
AP: 24
Last Game
N.C. State L 23-7
Radio: MSN
Record: 0-0
Last Game
Tulane W 38-23
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Series: WVU 10-0
First Meeting: 1911
Last Meeting: 2010
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Dana Holgorsen is West Virginia's 33rd head coach, and is hoping to get off to a good start, as many of his predecessors have. In their initial games at the head of the Mountaineer program, his 32 predecessors have compiled a record of 25-7.

The outcomes of those games haven't always been a harbinger of things to come, though. Jim Carlen, who led WVU to a 1969 Peach Bowl win, lost his first game, as did Rich Rodriguez, who ended up winning almost seven of every ten games during his Mountaineer tenure.


In researching the previous item, it was noted that three WVU head football coaches had split tenures during their careers – that is, they had two different stretches as the boss of the Mountaineer program. Can you name them?


West Virginia's point production decreased in each quarter last year from the quarter before. The Mountaineers recorded 114 points in the first quarter, but that dropped to 82 in the second, 75 in the third and 53 in the fourth. Whether that was the result of a more conservative offensive strategy as games progressed or better defensive play is something of a moot point, but WVU fans are certainly hoping that Holgorsen's avowal to keep attacking for 60 minutes will reverse that output.


When the Herd takes the field against WVU, it will mark the 19th time they have faced a ranked opponent. Marshall is 3-15 in such games, owning wins over Miami (Oh) in 1976, BYU in 1999 and Kansas State in 2003.


Predictions for a West Virginia offensive explosion in 2011 are as common as rabble-rousing "journalists". While we're not predicting any new records at the outset of the year, it does raise the question as to which single game WVU offensive records might be in the most jeopardy in 2011. Some candidates:

  • Marc Bulger's 429 passing yards vs. Missouri in the 1998 Bowl

  • Bulger and Oliver Luck's 34 pass completions in one game

  • The single game record of 12 pass receptions, shared by Jock Sanders, David Saunders, Shawn Foreman, Pat Green and Mickey Walczak.


    According to the official rosters released by the respective schools, WVU has 23 West Virginians on its roster, while Marshall lists 14.


    Louis Yeager (1899, 1901-02), Ira Errett Rodgers (1925-30, 1943-45), and Bill Kern (1940-42, 1946-47). Rodgers filled in for Kern during the World War II years. We didn't include Mont McIntire's apparent split tenure (1916-17, 1919-20), because there was no football team at WVU in 1918 due to an influenza epidemic and World War I.

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