I recently had the privilege of reading this same type of article about a few of the SEC teams. It got me thinking about what West Virginia does well in football. I encourage anyone who knows some other things that WVU does well to place them in the comment section and justify why.
1. Beating Marshall
Marshall University and West Virginia University have played each other 10 times since 1911. However the last five games have actually been consecutive wins. Last season the Herd came close, Marshall was able to lead for the entire game up until over time when they missed a field goal that would have tied the game again.
2. Running the Ball
The Mountaineers have had 22 seasons with 1,000-yard rushers. Since 1992, WVU has had 15 1,000-yard rushers, that is 15 out of the last 19 years. And the four seasons that they didn't have an 1,000-yard rusher, they were close.
2011 will more than likely be a different type of football for West Virginia, it is expected that with the new offense there will be significantly more passing as opposed to running. Regardless of what happens WVU has a proud history of running backs and we should not expect that to cease because we are going to the air more often than in the recent past.
3. Winning at Home
The Mountaineers have a record of 403-143-26 in Morgantown, WV. That gives them a 70 percent home winning percentage since 1891.
4. Leading Big East Home Attendance
West Virginia has lead the Big East in home attendance for the last seven years. With an average of 57,891 per game since 2004. The link will take you to the 2010 Big East media guide where on page 155 it will show attendance statistics. Also, for the 2010 season you can refer to the Big East blog on ESPN.com by Brian Bennett.
The Mountaineers have a reputation for drinking and partying. In fact, they have been voted one of the top party schools in the country several times by sources such as No. 1 by the Princeton Review in 2007 and No. 2 by Playboy in 2010.