2003 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

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2003 West Virginia Mountaineers football
West Virginia Flying WV logo.svg
Big East Co-Champions
Gator Bowl vs. Maryland, L 7–41
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
2003 record 8–5 (6–1 Big East)
Head coach Rich Rodriguez
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel
Base defense 3–3–5
Home stadium Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium
(Capacity: 63,500)
Seasons
« 2002 2004 »
2003 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Miami (FL) §   6 1         11 2  
West Virginia §   6 1         8 5  
Pittsburgh   5 2         8 5  
Virginia Tech   4 3         8 5  
Boston College   3 4         8 5  
Syracuse   2 5         6 6  
Rutgers   2 5         5 7  
Temple   0 7         1 11  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2003 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. They were led by head coach Rich Rodriguez and played their home games at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia.

They rebounded from a 1–4 start to end the season 8–5 and captured a share of the Big East Conference Championship, the school's first since 1993. The team earned a trip to the 2004 Gator Bowl, where they lost a rematch to the rival Maryland Terrapins 41–7.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 12:00 PM #20 Wisconsin* Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPN L 17–24   60,663
September 6 7:00 PM at East Carolina Dowdy–Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC W 48–7   36,088
September 13 12:00 PM Cincinnati* Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV ESPN+ L 13–15   51,189
September 20 6:05 PM at Maryland* Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD L 7–34   51,973
October 2 7:30 PM at #2 Miami (FL) Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL ESPN L 20–22   54,621
October 11 12:00 PM Rutgers Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV ESPN+ W 34–19   50,896
October 22 7:30 PM #3 Virginia Tech Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Black Diamond Trophy) ESPN W 28–7   56,319
November 1 1:00 PM Central Florida*dagger Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 36–18   42,712
November 8 12:00 PM at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ESPN+ W 35–28   39,723
November 15 7:00 PM #16 Pittsburgh Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Backyard Brawl) ESPN2 W 52–31   67,715
November 22 12:00 PM at Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY (Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy) ESPN2 W 34–23   41,801
November 29 12:00 PM Temple Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV ESPN+ W 45–28   35,942
January 1 12:30 PM vs. #24 Maryland* #23 Alltel StadiumJacksonville (Gator Bowl) NBC L 7–41   78,892
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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