1973 West Virginia Mountaineers football
1973 record6–5
Head coachBobby Bowden
Home stadiumMountaineer Field
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The 1973 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University in the 1973 college football season. It was the Mountaineers' 81st overall season and they competed as a Division I-A Independent. The team was led by head coach Bobby Bowden, in his 4th year, and played their home games at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. They finished the season with a record of six wins and five losses (6–5 overall).


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 15 at Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD (Rivalry) W 20–13   35,112
September 22 Virginia Tech Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Black Diamond Trophy) W 24–10   33,000
September 29 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 17–10   48,107
October 6 Indiana #20 Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV L 14–28   37,000
October 13 Pittsburgh Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Backyard Brawl) L 7–35   37,000
October 20 at Richmond City StadiumRichmond, VA L 17–38   21,172
October 27 at #5 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Rivalry) L 14–62   59,138
November 2 at Miami (FL) Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL W 20–14   24,890
November 10 Boston College Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV L 13–25   22,500
November 17 Virginia Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 42–17   26,000
November 24 at Syracuse Archbold StadiumSyracuse, NY (Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy) W 24–14   12,917
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


  1. "WVU 1973 Schedule". The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
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