Al Groh's Virginia Cavaliers (8-5) laid down the hammer on West Virginia (9-4) in coach Rich Rodriguez' first-ever bowl game appearance, 48-22.
After ending the first quarter ahead 10-7, everything went south for the Mountaineers.
Virginia rattled off 31 unanswered points to grab a commanding 38-10 lead. They would never look back.
Interestingly, the Mountaineers recorded more first downs, total yards, passing yards and rushing yards.
However, it wasn't enough to keep the score close.
In the year prior—Rodriguez’ first year at the helm—West Virginia won just three games. Despite the blowout, West Virginia finished with an impressive 9-4 mark.
This would mark the first of six consecutive winning seasons in Morgantown for Rodriguez.