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The West Virginia Mountaineers college football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing West Virginia University in the Big 12 Conference. West Virginia has played their home games on Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia since 1980.[1]

From 1891 to 1949, West Virginia competed as a football independent. The Mountaineers saw modest success during this period and made appearances in bowl games in both 1922 and 1948. From 1950 to 1967, West Virginia was a member of the Southern Conference and won the conference championship nine times. The membership of the SoCon fluctuated wildly at times during West Virginia's tenure, and by 1968 they chose to leave the conference and become a football independent once more. Between 1968 and 1990, the Mountaineers again competed as an independent and played in ten separate bowl games under three head coaches: Jim Carlen, Bobby Bowden and Don Nehlen. From 1991–2011, West Virginia competed in the Big East Conference and won seven conference championships. Through the 2011 season, West Virginia has compiled an official overall record of 701 wins, 457 losses, 45 ties and has appeared in 31 bowl games, with its most recent appearance coming in the 2012 Orange Bowl.

SeasonsEdit

Conference ChampionsBowl game berth ^
Season Head Coach[2]
Overall Record[2] Conference Play[2] Bowl Result[2] Final Ranking[2]
W L T[A 1] Affiliation W L T Finish AP [A 2]
Coaches'
[A 3]
BCS[A 4]
West Virginia Mountaineers Football Seasons
1891 Frederick Lincoln Emory 0 1 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1892 West Virginia did not field a football team for the 1892 season
1893 F. William Rane 2 1 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1894 2 2 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1895 Harry McCrory 5 1 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1896 Thomas Trenchard 3 7 2 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1897 George Krebs 5 4 1 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1898 Harry Anderson 6 1 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1899 Louis Yeager 2 3 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1900 John Hill 4 3 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1901 Louis Yeager 3 2 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1902 7 4 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1903 Harry E. Trout 7 1 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1904 Anthony Chez 6 3 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1905 Carl Forkum 8 1 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1906 5 5 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1907 Clarence W. Russell 6 4 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1908 Charles Augustus Lueder 5 3 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1909 4 3 2 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1910 2 4 1 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1911 6 3 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1912 William P. Edmunds 6 3 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1913 Edwin Sweetland 3 4 2 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1914 Sol Metzger 5 4 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1915 5 2 1 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1916 Mont McIntire 5 2 2 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1917 6 3 1 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1918 West Virginia did not field a football team for the 1918 season due to World War I
1919 Mont McIntire 8 2 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1920 5 4 1 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1921 Clarence Spears 5 4 1 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1922 10 0 1 Independent Won East-West Bowl against Gonzaga Bulldogs, 21–13 ^ N/A N/A N/A
1923 7 1 1 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1924 8 1 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1925 Ira Errett Rodgers 8 1 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1926 6 4 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1927 2 4 3 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1928 8 2 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1929 4 3 3 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1930 5 5 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1931 Greasy Neale 4 6 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1932 5 5 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1933 3 5 3 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1934 Charles Tallman 6 4 0 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1935 3 4 2 Independent N/A N/A N/A
1936 6 4 0 Independent N/A N/A
1937 Marshall Glenn 8 1 1 Independent Won Sun Bowl against Texas Tech, 7–6 ^ N/A N/A
1938 4 5 1 Independent N/A N/A
1939 2 6 1 Independent N/A N/A
1940 Bill Kern 4 4 1 Independent N/A N/A
1941 4 6 0 Independent N/A N/A
1942 5 4 0 Independent N/A N/A
1943 Ira Errett Rodgers 4 3 0 Independent N/A N/A
1944 5 3 1 Independent N/A N/A
1945 2 6 1 Independent N/A N/A
1946 Bill Kern 5 5 0 Independent N/A N/A
1947 6 4 0 Independent N/A N/A
1948 Dudley DeGroot 9 3 0 Independent Won Sun Bowl against Texas Western, 21–12 ^ N/A N/A
1949 4 6 1 Independent N/A N/A
1950 Art Lewis 2 8 0 SoCon 1 3 0 14th N/A
1951 5 5 0 SoCon 2 3 0 10th N/A
1952 7 2 0 SoCon 5 1 0 2nd N/A
1953 8 2 0 SoCon 4 0 0 1st Lost Sugar Bowl to Georgia Tech, 42–19 ^ 10 13 N/A
1954 8 1 0 SoCon 3 0 0 1st 12 N/A
1955 8 2 0 SoCon 4 0 0 1st 19 17 N/A
1956 6 4 0 SoCon 5 0 0 1st N/A
1957 7 2 1 SoCon 3 0 0 2nd N/A
1958 4 5 1 SoCon 4 0 0 1st N/A
1959 3 7 0 SoCon 2 2 0 6th N/A
1960 Gene Corum 0 8 2 SoCon 0 2 1 9th N/A
1961 4 6 0 SoCon 2 1 0 4th N/A
1962 8 2 0 SoCon 4 0 0 2nd N/A
1963 4 6 0 SoCon 3 1 0 2nd N/A
1964 7 4 0 SoCon 5 0 0 1st Lost Liberty Bowl to Utah, 32–6 ^ N/A
1965 6 4 0 SoCon 4 0 0 1st N/A
1966 Jim Carlen 3 5 2 SoCon 3 0 0 2nd N/A
1967 5 4 1 SoCon 3 0 1 1st N/A
1968 7 3 0 Independent N/A
1969 10 1 0 Independent Won Peach Bowl against South Carolina, 14–3 ^ 17 18 N/A
1970 Bobby Bowden 8 3 0 Independent N/A
1971 7 4 0 Independent N/A
1972 8 4 0 Independent Lost Peach Bowl to NC State, 49–13 ^ N/A
1973 6 5 0 Independent N/A
1974 4 7 0 Independent N/A
1975 9 3 0 Independent Won Peach Bowl against NC State, 13–10 ^ 20 17 N/A
1976 Frank Cignetti 5 6 0 Independent N/A
1977 5 6 0 Independent N/A
1978 2 9 0 Independent N/A
1979 5 6 0 Independent N/A
1980 Don Nehlen 6 6 0 Independent N/A
1981 9 3 0 Independent Won Peach Bowl against Florida, 26–6 ^ 17 18 N/A
1982 9 3 0 Independent Lost Gator Bowl to Florida State, 31–12 ^ 19 17 N/A
1983 9 3 0 Independent Won Hall of Fame Classic Bowl against Kentucky, 20–16 ^ 16 15 N/A
1984 8 4 0 Independent Won Bluebonnet Bowl against TCU, 31–14 ^ 18
1985 7 3 1 Independent N/A
1986 4 7 0 Independent N/A
1987 6 6 0 Independent Lost Sun Bowl to Oklahoma State, 35–33 ^ N/A
1988 11 1 0 Independent Lost Fiesta Bowl to Notre Dame, 34–21 ^ 5 5 N/A
1989 8 3 1 Independent Lost Gator Bowl to Clemson, 27–7 ^ 21 N/A
1990 4 7 0 Independent N/A
1991 6 5 0 Big East 3 4 0 3rd N/A
1992 5 4 2 Big East 2 3 1 5th N/A
1993 11 1 0 Big East 7 0 0 1st Lost Sugar Bowl to Florida, 41–7 ^ 7 6 N/A
1994 7 6 0 Big East 4 3 0 3rd Lost Carquest Bowl to South Carolina, 24–21 ^ N/A
1995 5 6 0 Big East 4 3 0 4th N/A
1996 8 4 Big East 4 3 4th Lost Gator Bowl to North Carolina, 20–13 ^ N/A
1997 7 5 Big East 4 3 3rd Lost Carquest Bowl to Georgia Tech, 35–30 ^ N/A
1998 8 4 Big East 5 2 2nd Lost Insight.com Bowl to Missouri, 34–31 ^
1999 4 7 Big East 3 4 4th
2000 7 5 Big East 3 4 5th Won Music City Bowl against Ole Miss, 49–38 ^
2001 Rich Rodriguez 3 8 Big East 1 6 7th
2002 9 4 Big East 6 1 2nd Lost Continental Tire Bowl to Virginia, 48–22 ^ 25 20 15
2003 8 5 Big East 6 1 T-1st Lost Gator Bowl to Maryland, 41–7 ^
2004 8 4 Big East 4 2 T-1st Lost Gator Bowl to Florida State, 30–18 ^
2005 11 1 Big East 7 0 1st Won Sugar Bowl against Georgia, 38–35 ^ 5 6 11
2006 11 2 Big East 5 2 2nd Won Gator Bowl against Georgia Tech, 38–35 ^ 10 10 13
2007
[A 5]
11 2 Big East 5 2 T-1st Won Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma, 48–28 ^ 6 6 9
2008 Bill Stewart 9 4 Big East 5 2 2nd Won Meineke Car Care Bowl against North Carolina, 31–30 ^ 23
2009 9 4 Big East 5 2 2nd Lost Gator Bowl to Florida State, 33–21 ^ 25 22 16
2010 9 4 Big East 5 2 T-1st Lost Champs Sports Bowl to NC State, 23–7 ^ 22
2011 Dana Holgorsen 10 3 Big East 5 2 T-1st Won Orange Bowl against Clemson, 70–33 ^ 17 18 23
2012 7 6 Big 12 4 5 T-5th Lost Pinstripe Bowl to Syracuse, 38–14 ^
57 13 2 (Southern Conference Record)
93 51 1 (Big East Conference Record)
4 5 - (Big 12 Conference Record)
694 445 45 (Record in Regular Season)
14 18 0 (Record in Bowl Games)
708 463 45 (Overall Record)

Notes Edit

  1. Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[3]
  2. The Associated Press began conducting a weekly college football poll in 1936.[4]
  3. The college football coaches' poll has been sponsored by multiple organizations since its creation in 1950. Its current sponsor is USA Today[5]
  4. The Bowl Championship Series was implemented in 1998.[6]
  5. Bill Stewart served as interim head coach for the 2008 Fiesta Bowl.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Facilities: Milan Puskar Stadium". MSNsportsNET.com. http://www.msnsportsnet.com/page.cfm?section=7920. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Joe Swan, ed. (2010). "All-time Scores". 2010 West Virginia University Football Guide. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. pp. 172–183.
  3. Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2006-08-24-overtime_x.htm. Retrieved 2008-09-29.
  4. Associated Press (Writers and Broadcasters) Final Polls Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Records, NCAA. July 2008. pp. 96–99 Accessed 2008-09-27.
  5. USA Today/ESPN (Coaches) Weekly Poll Leaders Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Records, NCAA. July 2008. pp. 101–105 Accessed 2008-09-27.
  6. [1]
  7. "In Stewart, WVU's successor to Rodriguez right under their nose". ESPN.com news services. ESPN.com. January 4, 2008. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3178538. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
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