|1982 West Virginia Mountaineers football|
|Head coach||Don Nehlen|
|Home stadium||Mountaineer Field|
|1982 Division I-A independents football records|
|No. 1 Penn State||–||–||11||–||1||–||0|
|No. 13 Florida State||–||–||9||–||3||–||0|
|No. 10 Pittsburgh||–||–||9||–||3||–||0|
|No. 19 West Virginia||–||–||9||–||3||–||0|
|William & Mary||–||–||3||–||8||–||0|
|North Texas State||–||–||2||–||9||–||0|
|Rankings from AP Poll|
The 1982 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University in the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Mountaineers' 90th overall season and they competed as a Division I-A Independent. The team was led by head coach Don Nehlen, in his 3rd year, and played their home games at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. They finished the season with a record of nine wins and three losses (9–3 overall) and with a loss against Florida State in the Gator Bowl.
|September 11||at #9 Oklahoma||Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK||W 41–27||75,008|
|September 18||Maryland||#17||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Rivalry)||W 19–18||56,042|
|September 25||Richmond||#15||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV||W 43–10||48,461|
|October 2||at #2 Pittsburgh||#14||Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl)||ABC||L 13–16||57,250|
|October 9||#19 Boston College||#16||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV||W 20–13||55,554|
|October 16||at Virginia Tech||#13||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA (Black Diamond Trophy)||W 16–6||52,300|
|October 23||#9 Penn State||#13||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Rivalry)||L 0–24||60,958|
|October 30||East Carolina||#18||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV||W 30–3||50,616|
|November 6||at Temple||#17||Veterans Stadium • Philadelphia, PA||W 20–17||28,968|
|November 11||at Rutgers||#19||Giants Stadium • East Rutherford, NJ||WTBS||W 44–17||27,132|
|November 20||Syracuse||#16||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy)||W 26–0||48,456|
|December 30||vs. Florida State||#10||Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl)||ABC||L 12–31||80,913|
|*Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming. All times are in Eastern Time.|
Jeff Hostetler was the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers. He led the team with 1916 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. Leading the team in rushing was Curlin Beck with 357 net yards. Darrell Miller led the team in receiving with 34 receptions for 565 yards.
The first game featured the Mountaineers against perennial powerhouse Oklahoma. Despite being a two touchdown plus underdog, the Mountaineers played a great game to upset the Sooners in Norman, 41–27. That was followed up with a 19–18 home victory over rival Mayland. The third game against Richmond, was a blowout, in which the Mountaineers won 43–10.
Their first loss of the season came to their hated rival, Pittsburgh, in the Backyard Brawl, by a score of 16–13. In the brawl, fans were introduced to All-American linebacker Darryl Talley. He intercepted a Dan Marino pass and blocked a punt for a safety in West Virginia's 16–13 loss to the No. 2-rated Panthers. The 1982 game was one of just five times that both teams were nationally ranked: Pitt was rated No. 2 and West Virginia was 14th after upset wins over Oklahoma and Maryland.
The Mountaineers rebounded with a hard fought 20–13 slugfest over Boston College, and quarterback Doug Flutie. WVU traveled to Blacksburg to take on rival Virginia Tech, in a game the Mountaineers won 16–6.
The next week, the Mountaineers hosted the number 1 team in the Nation, the Penn State Nittany Lions at home. WVU's offense never got rolling against the vaunted defense of Penn State, who pitched a 24–0 shutout. WVU rebounded once again with a blowout of its own against East Carolina, 30–3. The Mountaineers traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to take on Temple. The Owls gave the Mountaineers all they could handle, but lost a heartbreaker, 20–17.
Awards and honors
- "WVU 1982 Schedule". The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. http://wvustats.com/football/schedule.php?team_id=308&season=1982. Retrieved June 23, 2012.