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2005 was the last time West Virginia took on Virginia Tech in Morgantown. The last time West Virginia beat Virginia Tech in Morgantown was 2003, making for one of the most memorable games in Mountaineer Football history. Now, 18 years later, the 2021 squad has a chance to etch themselves in the book of greatest wins in program history. Yes, that is right. A win against a top 15 Virginia Tech team will be, in my opinion, one of the greatest wins in program history. Here’s why:
After two seasons filled with virtually meaningless games, the Neal Brown era finally has one. A game against one of WVUs most storied rivals in front of a jam-packed Milan Puskar Stadium will have the atmosphere much like that 2003 game where Rasheed Marshall & Co. thrashed Tech 28-7.
A win this week will be a giant step in “The Climb.” The Neal Brown era still lacks that signature win. This game can be a huge building block for the program going forward.
Fans will remember this game for the rest of their lives. Every component of this game makes it memorable. It’s not just because its Virginia Tech and they are ranked in the top 15. It’s the fanbase that was not allowed to be in games last season, it’s the biggest home game for WVU since 2018 Oklahoma, it’s the emotional roller coaster that WVU fans experience each season. This game means more than football. The entire state of West Virginia will be tuned in. This game means so much for the state and for the great people of this state. There truly isn’t something that brings the people in the state together more than Mountaineer Football.
Those are the reasons why this WILL be one of the greatest wins in program history. The components to this matchup collectively make it one of the most historic.
Reminder fans: Wear gold and be loud.