West Virginia University Football has reached several milestones in its long history. WVU has participated in 118 seasons of college football dating back to the year 1891, it is considered the winningest program in the nation not to win a national title with 691 wins and a winning percentage of .600 with 454 losses and 45 tie games. The Mountaineers have played 30 bowl games winning 13 and losing 17. Here we will look at West Virginia's 10 biggest wins throughout it's history.
It was West Virginia's first win in school history as well as its first shut out victory. 1893 was a long time ago, but in that year WVU began a tradition of winning that has carried it to 691 wins as of this season..
West Virginia's first bowl game was also its first bowl win.
The Mountaineers defeated the Gonzaga Bull Dogs 21-13 in San Diego, CA.
WVU went 10-0-1 during the 1922 season, unless you count a tie against Washington & Lee as a loss then WVU had a completely undefeated season in 1922 that included 7 shutout games. The 1922 season is listed below:
30 Sept. 1922 West Virginia Wesleyan 20-3
7 Oct. 1922 Marietta 55-0
14 Oct. 1922 PITT 9-6
21 Oct. 1922 Washington & Lee 12-12
28 Oct. 1922 Rutgers 28-0
4 Nov. 1922 Cincinnati 34-0
11 Nov. 1922 Indiana 33-0
18 Nov. 1922 Virginia 13-0
25 Nov. 1922 Ohio 28-0
30 Nov. 1922 Washington & Jefferson 14-0
25 Dec. 1922 Gonzaga 21-13 (East West Bowl)
The first game of the 1982 season was supposed to be a blow out win for Oklahoma. However Jeff Hostetler who was starting his first game as the Mountaineers quarterback after transferring from PENN State had different plans. WVU went on to win 41-27 in Norman Oklahoma. Oklahoma would finish the season 8-4-0 and go on to the Fiesta Bowl and lose to Arizona State 21-32, while West Virginia would finish the season 9-3 go to the Gator Bowl and lose to Florida State 12-31.
The last time West Virginia defeated PENN State was in 1988, in the entire series which ended in 1992 the Nittany Lions defeated WVU 48 out of 59 attempts. In 1988 WVU had QB Major Harris who passed for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns as well as 36 yards rushing and 1 touchdown. The Mountaineers won 51-30.
It was the last game of the 1988 season, if West Virginia beats Syracuse it goes undefeated in the regular season and goes on to the national championship game. WVU won 31-9 and completed its first complete undefeated season, with no ties like the 1922 season.
West Virginia defeated Miami 17-14 for the first and only time in Morgantown. It was the Mountaineers first of 2 conference wins against the Hurricanes and only one of the 3 wins in the history of the series. Miami was also ranked fourth in the nation. The single game attendance record at Mountainerr field was set during this game with over 70,000 in attendance.
See Highlights of the game at the link below:
The week after WVU defeated #4 Miami in Morgantown they traveled to Chestnut Hill, MA to take on the Boston College Eagles in an attempt to complete the schools 3rd undefeated regular season (1922, 1988 and 1993). West Virginia was successful, it defeated BC 17-14, the first time in a long time it had beaten 2 highly ranked teams.
West Virginia was having a bad season in 2003 by the time that the Virginia Tech Hokies came to Morgantown. WVU had lost some big games so far that year losing to #21 Wisconsin, #2 Miami, Maryland and Cincinnati. The week before they had won a game against Rutgers 34-19 and it was expected that they would drop the home contest to the Hokies, however the Mountaineers had something else in mind and won 28-7. WVU has never defeated anyone ranked higher than #3.
West Virginia was ranked #11 at the time of the Sugar Bowl and its only loss of the 2005 season was against #3 Virginia Tech. WVU opened up the first half running all over the Bull Dogs. Georgia was able to close the gap in the second half but lost 38-35 in Atlanta, GA.
Most everyone knows the storyline, but in case you do not here are the basics. The last game of the regular season WVU lost at home to unranked and previously unimpressive PITT ending its chances to get to the national championship that year. The next week Rich Rodriguez leaves WVU for Michigan leaving the Mountaineers without a coach for the BCS Fiesta Bowl. Interim head coach Bill Stewart was given the task of leading West Virginia and did so wonderfully, WVU never gave up the lead and defeated the #3 team in the nation 48-28 in the Arizona desert. Shortly afterwards Stewart would be named WVU's head coach.