For any football program with the rich history that West Virginia University has, a 5-7 season is certainly not up to par. While many feel that the 5-7 record the Mountaineers compiled in 2019 was a letdown, if one were to look into the numbers, they would find that it was a far more successful season than it should have been.
The first and obvious sign of potential problems going into the 2019 season was a new coaching staff. While there was no doubt among Mountaineer fans that Neal Brown would get the program going in the right direction, it was still known that his first season would be tough. Anytime there is a coaching change, it is anyone’s guess as to what the results will be for the first season. Many outlets even had the Mountaineers to fall as far as a 2-10 record in their preseason predictions. Being able to more than double that win total was a success for the coaching staff. Along with the new coaching staff came the depleted roster.
To say the running game for the Mountaineers in 2019 was bad would be an understatement. Many times throughout the season, it was downright painful to watch when a running play was called. According to ESPN, the Mountaineers did not even crack 900 total rushing yards for the season…AS A TEAM. The result was an average of 73.3 rushing yards per game and a ranking of 128 out of 128 teams in rushing yards. Not what Mountaineers are used to seeing with the mostly spectacular history of running backs. A running game is vital, especially once the whether worsens in the back-half of the season. Being able to win 5 games with such a terrible running game is absolutely mind-blowing.