On a day when words cannot describe the total dominance the Mountaineers displayed against the third ranked Virginia Tech Hokies here on Wednesday, I provide a couple of post game quotes for your enjoyment.
"They weren't the best defense we've faced this year by far," center Jake Grove
said. "We didn't play well enough tonight to win a football game, no matter who we were playing."
Said quarterback Bryan Randall, "I think they're a good ballclub. I think we're a better ballclub. They played better than we did. They played well enough to win."
You'll pardon me while I chuckle at the inability for some people to comprehend how thoroughly they were dominated. 28-7. And it should have been at least 35-0, and maybe 45-0. Save for the horrendous call on the fumble return for a TD and Tech would never have sniffed paydirt.
Here are a few slightly blurred observations from an evening that still seems tough to comprehend:
I have thought all season long that the WVU defense could be the best defense to wear the Gold and Blue since the 1996 defense led by Canute Curtis and a host of now NFL veterans. Last night cemented that in my mind. The Mountaineers proved that when they aren't spending the entire game on the field, they can be pretty dominant. And with WVU running the ball at will against the heretofore third-ranked rushing defense, the Mountaineer defense flexed its muscle all evening long.
Give ‘em the damn goal posts.
You can say what you want, and read it just about anywhere, about the student behavior last night on the field after the game, but I place the blame for the bad publicity being garnered by WVU in the national media today squarely on the shoulders of the idiot who decided that the goal posts should be defended at all costs.
All turning loose the WV State Troopers with their arsenal of pepper spray did was keep two goal posts intact, give the national media some excellent video and still photo evidence of how poorly we rednecks act after a football game, and serve to enrage an already hostile crowd after the ball game.
I don't want to hear about liability, I don't want to hear about dangers, I don't care to hear any reasons for what I saw. All I know is that the scene on the field was much wilder after the Miami win in 1993, and the security then aided people climbing over the walls, and the police got out of the way and surrendered the goal posts. Nobody was injured, the fans stayed in the stands and watched the entire post game celebration, and no national backlash occurred.
But, some lame brain decided that the goal posts were the most important parts of Morgantown to defend after the game, and the State Troopers did just what they were ordered to do, and they beat back wave after wave of jubilant fans with their multiple volleys of pepper spray.
Nice PR move.
Once again Rasheed Marshall delivers in the clutch with the long pass, the short pass, and his legs. The man who will never be confused with Joe Montana has now led WVU to two wins over ranked teams on the road, thrown the longest touchdown pass in Mountaineer Field history, and helped lead the Mountaineers to the biggest win in school history. Sure the 1984 Penn State win was probably bigger, but Rasheed was two years old then, so I doubt he could have beaten out Kevin White for the job.
The offensive line came to play on Wednesday. And they brought their lunch. And they shoved it down Virginia Tech's throats all night long. And for a group that starts not one senior across the line, the future looks quite nice.
If this group plays this hard and this well every single week, the Mountaineers have the skill and speed to dominate from here to the final bell.
It was really nice to see Travis Garvin get that huge score in his first action back since the death of his brother. It couldn't happen to a better guy.
Kudos to the official who ordered the Mountaineer Field staff to turn off the "sound amplification system". First of all, I was not, and still am not, aware that WVU even owns a sound system like that. In fact, if they did, the sound from the video board would be a whole lot better.
What the request did do, was get the natural sound amplification system jacked into high gear. To that point in the game, the crowd had been into the game. That move, however, turned up the heat even more. All of the sudden even the people who can't be begged to get off their carcasses and get loud, got up and got loud.
There will be some criticism of the turnout for the Tech game, announced at just over 56,000. I'll be the one to lob out the first excuse. Wednesday night games in Morgantown should go the way of the dodo bird. Bad idea. Throw in the fact that WVU Hospitals would not allow permit holders to enter the parking lots until 5:00 p.m. on gameday, and the weather called for rain, and we're lucky there weren't about ten thousand fewer fans in the stands, no matter who we played.
I'll only say this once. We just found out that we have a darn good football team when they put their hearts and minds to it. A mark of a good football team, however, is to do it on a consistent basis. The coming weeks will let us know if we have a good football team, or just a team capable of beating, and losing, to anybody.
I think if we play the rest of the season like we played against Miami and Virginia Tech we won't lose another game.
Condolences go out to the Clark family from all of us on this beautiful post Tech day. For those who didn't know him, Bernie Clark was a big WVU fan and the father of Patricia Clark, who is a partner at Simpson & Osborne, CPAs in Charleston. Trish is the wife of our own Kevin Kinder. Bernie passed away suddenly late Sunday night, and an entire family of people who hadn't missed a game since the Nixon administration stayed in Charleston for the funeral which was held on Wednesday afternoon. Hopefully the family was able to watch the game, and what they witnessed enabled them to ease their loss, even if just for a few moments.