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Prior to West Virginia’s huge road win over TCU, Mountaineer fans were in meltdown mode. Their team had dropped three straight games and there was zero confidence in the rest of the season. We as fans are so emotionally invested, that just one win can turn our entire thoughts on the season around.
The Mountaineers’ win at Texas Christian showed spurts of potential about this squad. Even QB Jarret Doege, who has gotten slandered virtually all season, did a fantastic job managing the game and making throws. The run game finally came alive as well, with Leddie Brown reaching the end-zone on three occasions with 11 yards. Garrett Greene also broke a 67 yard rush, which was the longest by any WVU QB since the great Pat White. WVU put up a total of 487 yards of offense which is the most against P5 opponents this season.
We also saw a stellar performance on the defensive side of the ball. Charles Woods picked off Max Duggan and had a fumble recovery. Daryl Porter Jr. also had an interception. WVU as a whole just stifled the Horned Frogs.
Before TCU, a bowl game wasn’t even in the conversation. It has now entered back into the realm of possibility. With a bowl game now in the conversation, WVUs final three home games are even more important. Two of them are against ranked teams in Iowa State and Oklahoma State, and the other, Texas.
My hope is that WVU rides the momentum that has come from a pretty looking road victory. Iowa State is very beatable, but they are coming off a huge upset win over Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State is obviously beatable. And for Texas, they aren’t back. WVU has Kansas State and Kansas left on the road. Both games, especially Kansas, are very winnable.
Clearly, I am being very optimistic. But I guess that’s just what happens when WVU gets a much needed win. Yesterday, they gave fans a huge boost of confidence, and I hope that helps get Milan Puskar Stadium rocking this weekend when #22 Iowa State comes to town.