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1996 West Virginia Mountaineers football
Gator Bowl, L 13–20 vs. North Carolina
ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)
1996 record8–4 (4–3 Big East)
Head coachDon Nehlen
Home stadiumMountaineer Field
(Capacity: 63,500)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big East football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#13 Virginia Tech §   6 1         10 2  
#14 Miami §   6 1         9 3  
#21 Syracuse §   6 1         9 3  
West Virginia   4 3         8 4  
Pittsburgh   3 4         4 7  
Boston College   2 5         5 7  
Rutgers   1 6         2 9  
Temple   0 7         1 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Mountaineers' 104th overall and 6th season as a member of the Big East Conference (Big East). The team was led by head coach Don Nehlen, in his 17th 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, 4–3 in the Big East) and with a loss in the Gator Bowl against North Carolina.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
August 31 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl) W 34–0   54,612
September 7* Western Michigan Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV W 34–9   47,938
September 14* East Carolina Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 10–9   50,129
September 21* at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 20–6   40,624
September 28* Maryland #23 Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Rivalry) W 13–0   54,542
October 5 Boston College #19 Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 34–17   58,307
October 19 at Temple #15 Veterans StadiumPhiladelphia, PA W 30–10   2,546
October 26 #25 Miami (FL) #12 Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV L 7–10   66,948
November 2 Syracuse #18 Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy) L 7–30   56,312
November 9 at Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ W 55–14   21,024
November 23 at #17 Virginia Tech #23 Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA (Black Diamond Trophy) L 14–31   50,086
January 1 vs. #12 North Carolina #25 Jacksonville Municipal StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) L 13–20   52,103
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "WVU 1996 Schedule". The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. http://wvustats.com/football/schedule.php?team_id=308&season=1996. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
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