With thanks going to the people over to Mountaineer Sports Network for producing this great video of WVU's greatest plays of the year, the West Virginia Mountaineers made a good first step in the first year of the Dana Holgorsen era in Morgantown.
The 2011 season started with three solid wins over in-state rival Marshall, FCS member Norfolk State and Maryland, as the Mountaineers outscored the three teams by a total of 126 points to 56 in the month of September.
While the LSU game ended in a loss for WVU on September 24th, Geno Smith and the Mountaineers pushed around the LSU defense better than any other team this season. WVU accumulated 533 yards of total offense—almost doubling every other team on the Tigers’ schedule this year.
After two wins against Bowling Green and Connecticut, West Virginia hit a bit of a slide: They lost two of three in late October and early November against Big East teams Syracuse and Louisville.
With the Big East title on the line in each of the last three games of the season, WVU played clutch in those final games. The Mountaineers blocked a field goal in Cincinnati, came from behind against rival Pittsburgh and got a last second field goal from Tyler Bitancurt to win the Big East in South Florida.
With Clemson on the horizon at the Orange Bowl in Miami on January 4th, Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers will have their hands full with the Tigers. WVU will be facing the toughest offense of the year: Auburn ranked 29th nationally with stars like Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and Andre Ellington.
So Bleachers, can West Virginia finish off Dana Holgorsen’s first season in Morgantown with the program’s first victory in the Orange Bowl against Clemson?
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