1972 West Virginia Mountaineers football
Peach Bowl, L 13–49 vs. NC State
1972 record8–4
Head coachBobby Bowden
Home stadiumMountaineer Field
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The 1972 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University in the 1972 college football season. It was the Mountaineers' 80th overall season and they competed as a Division I-A Independent. The team was led by head coach Bobby Bowden, in his 3rd year, and played their home games at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. They finished the season with a record of eight wins and four losses (8–4 overall) and with a loss against NC State in the Peach Bowl.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 9 Villanova Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV W 25–6   33,500
September 16 Richmond Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 28–7   31,000
September 23 at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA W 48–10   27,000
September 30 at Stanford Stanford StadiumPalo Alto, CA L 35–41   56,000
October 7 William & Mary Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 49–34   28,000
October 14 at Temple Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA L 36–39   13,067
October 21 Tulane Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 31–19   29,500
October 28 #11 Penn State #18 Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Rivalry) L 19–28   37,000
November 4 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl) W 38–20   40,286
November 11 VMI Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 50–24   21,000
November 18 Syracuse Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy) W 43–12   31,500
December 29 vs. NC State #18 Atlanta StadiumAtlanta, GA (Peach Bowl) L 13–49   52,671
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


  1. "WVU 1972 Schedule". The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
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