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Yesterday, WVU wrapped up their 2020 season with a 24-21 win over Army in the Liberty. The Mountaineers finished year two of the Neal Brown era with a 6-4 record and have a lot to build on moving forward.
Today, we rank WVU’s six wins from the season, and give you our thoughts on what they meant to the team.
6. WVU 56, EKU 10 (Sept. 12)
This was a business as usual win for WVU against an overmatched FCS team. It started off year two under Brown on the right foot, and set the tone for what would be a successful year.
5. WVU 38, Kansas 17 (Oct. 17)
This was a sluggish win for WVU. After falling behind 10-0 early to the lowly Jayhawks, things got turned around rather quick and WVU finished a 21-point victory. This was a game they should have won, and they did. There really isn’t much more to say about it.
4. WVU 24, TCU 6 (Nov. 14)
This was easily WVU’s most dominate defensive performance of the season. The Mountaineers kept the Horned Frogs out of the end zone, and controlled things from start to finish. This win officially made WVU bowl eligible for the season, and served as a good home send off for the seniors after the season finale against Oklahoma was canceled.
3. WVU 27, Baylor 21 – 2OT (Oct. 3)
Baylor may have only had two wins on the season, but this win was bigger for WVU than you may think. It showed just how far the team had come since the previous season. They were able to overcome adversity, and come away with the hard fought double-overtime win that would set the tone for the rest of the season.
2. WVU 37, Kansas State 10 (Oct. 31)
This was a HUGE win for WVU. Coming off of a heartbreaking loss to Texas Tech, things could have fallen off the tracks easily. With a nationally ranked Kansas State coming to town, it wasn’t an ideal situation. However, WVU’s defense dominated throughout, and the offense looked polished in the rout of the Wildcats. It was the Mountaineers’ only win over a ranked opponent in 2020, and it was a huge one. This win saved the season.
1. WVU 24, Army 21 (Dec. 31)
For the first time since WVU, the Mountaineers won a bowl game on New Year’s Eve. Serving as the biggest win for WVU in 2020, it made it that much sweeter that it took an 11-point comeback to become a reality. The Mountaineers can build off of this win going into the offseason and 2021. It was further proof that things are trending in the right direction in Morgantown.