WVU 1981: Don Nehlen Takes The Mountaineers To The National Stage

Posted by Tim McGhee on July-28-2009 Add Comments

Something changed.  The expectation of winning crept into the West Virginia psyche.  Players, coaches, students, and fans alike slowly bought into Don Nehlen’s philosophy. 

Belief was gradual, however.  Even after victories over Virginia, Maryland, Colorado State, Boston College, Virginia Tech, East Carolina, and Temple, West Virginia fans were stung by the annual losses to No. 4 Pittsburgh in our backyard and No. 1 Penn State on the road.  The combined score of the Quaker State debacle was 7-47.  Ouch!

West Virginia hosted Rutgers in the mid-Nove...

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