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2003 West Virginia Mountaineers football
Big East Co-Champions
Toyota Gator Bowl vs. Maryland, 7–41 loss
ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)
2003 record8–5 (6–1 Big East)
Head coachRich Rodriguez
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorJeff Casteel
Base defense3–3–5
Home stadiumMountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium
(Capacity: 63,500)
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 Big East football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Miami §   6 1         11 2  
West Virginia §   6 1         8 5  
Pittsburgh   5 2         8 5  
Virginia Tech   4 3         8 5  
Boston College   3 4         8 5  
Syracuse   2 5         6 6  
Rutgers   2 5         5 7  
Temple   0 7         1 11  
† – BCS representative as champion
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2003 West Virginia Mountaineers rebounded from a 1–4 start to end the season 8–5 and captured a share of the Big East Conference Championship, the schools first since 1993. The team earned a trip to the 2004 Gator Bowl, where they lost a rematch to the rival Maryland Terrapins 41–7.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30* 12:00 PM #20 Wisconsin Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPN L 17–24   60,663
September 6* 7:00 PM at East Carolina Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC W 48–7   36,088
September 13* 12:00 PM Cincinnati Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPN+ L 13–15   51,189
September 20* 6:05 PM at Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD L 7–34   51,973
October 2 7:30 PM at #2 Miami Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL ESPN L 20–22   54,621
October 11 12:00 PM Rutgers Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPN+ W 34–19   50,896
October 22 7:30 PM #3 Virginia Tech Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPN W 28–7   56,319
November 1*† 1:00 PM Central Florida Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV W 36–18   42,712
November 8 12:00 PM at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ESPN+ W 35–28   39,723
November 15 7:00 PM #16 Pittsburgh Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Backyard Brawl) ESPN2 W 52–31   67,715
November 22 12:00 PM at Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ESPN2 W 34–23   41,801
November 29 12:00 PM Temple Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPN+ W 45–28   35,942
January 1* 12:30 PM vs. #24 Maryland #23 Alltel StadiumJacksonville (Toyota Gator Bowl) NBC L 7–41   78,892
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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