The Story of the Undefeated 1993 WVU Football Season

Charles KrafftContributor IMay 27, 2009

24 Oct 1998: Antonio Brown #5 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebtares during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at the Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Hurricanes defeated the Mountaineers 34-31.

The second undefeated season for West Virginia is not as memorable as the first in 1988.

The season began with a quarterback battle. Jake Klechner and Darren Studstill. Freshman QB Chad Johnston was in the mix, but was only  received in a few snaps. Veteran head coach Don Nehlen decided to go with both as his starting quarterback.This would later prove costly for the Mountaineers.

The very first game of the 1993 campaign was a blowout win over Eastern Michigan 48-6.

The following week the Mountaineers traveled to College Park, Maryland to face the Terripins. Jake Klechner passed for 270 yards in the 42-37 win.

Week Three for the Mountaineers took them back home to face the 21st ranked team in the country in Missouri. The Mountaineers, now ranked 24th, upset the Tigers, 35-3.

On Oct. 2, the Mountaineers fought for the Black Diamond Trophy with Virginia Tech. Even though the Mountaineers turned the ball over five times, they still won 14-13.

Next up was the University of Louisville. Going into the game, the Cardinals were also undefeated, and were being led by Jeff Brohm, the older brother of Brian Brohm. This game, just like the one the week before, was a nail biter. West Virginia squeaked by with a 36-34 win.

On Oct. 23, the Backyard Brawl came to Morgantown. With Robert Walker's 150 yard rushing, the Mountaineers defeated Pitt 42-21, and extended their record to 6-0.

The Mountaineers recorded their only shutout against Syracuse 43-0.

Then games against Rutgers and at Temple extended the record to 8-0 and a ranking of ninth in the nation.

Then on Nov. 20,1993, the Miami Hurricanes came to Morgantown as the No. 4 team in the nation. The would be upset 17-17 on a last second 40 yard touchdown pass by Jake Klechner.

In the final game of the season in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, the Mountaineers played the Boston College  Eagles. Thanks to Darren Studstill connecting with Eddie Hill for a 60 yard bomb, they had finished the season with a 14-14 win, and an undefeated season.

The luck of the 1993 squad was just like the 1988 squad in their national title game. The Mountaineers would play the Florida Gators, who were No. 8, for a share of the national title.

After a near shutout, Florida won 41-7 in the Sugar Bowl.

The last undefeated season by West Virginia to date, may have been, well, undefeated, but in my opinion the very well could have been 8-3.