After weeks and weeks of hearing nothing about WVU, hearing all too much about Rich Rodriguez’s new job as the head ball coach at Michiga, and the fact that the Oklahoma Sooners were still having to downplay last year’s loss to Boise State, every state’s majority, except West Virginia, in the U.S., on the ESPN.com user poll, voted the Sooners to beat West Virginia. The Mountaineers had to avenge all of that and put someone in their place.
They sure as hell did. They made a run for it, too. Let me add a quick, dubious thought as I type along.
Bob Stoops has had the Sooners’ defense improving each and every single year. Especially their run defense. Their average YPG against was 91.9. Not shabby at all. But last night, the Mountaineers came in and ran for 349 yards on the ground, on their way to a 20-point victory over the two-years-in-a-row Fiesta Bowl chumps.
Despite the fact that I’m an adamant Virginia Tech fan, I really enjoyed watching Noel Devine showcase his talent last night. The commentators keyed in on a few personal moments of his life which forced him to climb through adversity, which was something valuable to mention. The kid rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns. West Virginia didn’t even need first downs last night; they were too busy running up and down the field.
I like seeing these upsets happen. Especially when a team is overhyped. I hate when my favorite teams are overhyped, so I can sympathize with the fans of the teams that get overhyped by the lousy schmucks at ESPN.
Hats off to Bill Stewart and the coaching staff at West Virginia. They earned this victory, big time.