2008 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

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2008 West Virginia Mountaineers football
West Virginia Flying WV logo.svg
Conference Big East Conference
Ranking
AP #23
2008 record 9–4 (5–2 Big East)
Head coach Bill Stewart
Offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel
Base defense 3–3–5
Home stadium Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium
(Capacity: 60,000)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#17 Cincinnati   6 1         11 3  
Pittsburgh   5 2         9 4  
#23 West Virginia   5 2         9 4  
Rutgers   5 2         8 5  
Connecticut   3 4         8 5  
South Florida   2 5         8 5  
Louisville   1 6         5 7  
Syracuse   1 6         3 9  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 West Virginia Mountaineers football team competed on behalf of West Virginia University during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Bill Stewart, who took over after he led the Mountaineers to a 2008 Fiesta Bowl victory over the #3 Oklahoma Sooners as the interim head coach after the departure of former head coach Rich Rodriguez. The team finished the season with a 9–4 record and a win over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 3:30 PM Villanova* #8 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPN+ W 48–21   60,566
September 6 4:30 PM at East Carolina* #8 Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC ESPN L 3–24   43,610
September 18 8:30 PM at Colorado* #24 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO ESPN L 14–17 OT  51,883
September 27 3:30 PM Marshall* Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Friends of Coal Bowl) ESPN+ W 27–3   60,154
October 4 12:00 PM Rutgers Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV ESPN+ W 24–17   59,122
October 11 12:00 PM Syracusedagger Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV ESPNU W 17–6   58,133
October 23 7:30 PM Auburn* Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Gold Rush) ESPN W 34–17   60,765
November 1 12:00 PM at Connecticut Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT ESPN+ W 35–13   40,000
November 8 7:00 PM Cincinnati #23 Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV ESPNU L 23–26 OT  59,834
November 22 12:00 PM at Louisville Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY ESPN W 35–21   34,796
November 28 12:00 PM at Pittsburgh #25 Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl) ABC L 15–19   63,019
December 6 8:00 PM South Florida Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (White Out - Pat White's final home game) ESPN2 W 13–7   48,019
December 27 1:00 PM vs. North Carolina* Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC (Meineke Car Care Bowl) ESPN W 31–30   73,712
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Coaching staff[edit]

Head coach Bill Stewart is the Mountaineers 32nd head coach in school history. He returns defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich. His new hirings are associate head coach, recruiting coordinator, fullback, and tight ends coach Doc Holliday, assistant head coach and safeties coach Steve Dunlap, running backs coach Chris Beatty, offensive line coach Dave Johnson, and cornerbacks coach David Lockwood. Jeff Mullen, former quarterbacks coach at Wake Forest, was announced as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The receivers coach was named on January 29, Lonnie Galloway, the receivers coach from Appalachian State.[1]

Spring Game[edit]

The Gold & Blue Spring Game was held on Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Mountaineer Field. A record crowd of over 25,000 fans attended as the Gold defeated the Blue 59–15. Kicker Pat McAfee was four-for-four on field goals with a long of 47 yards, and starting quarterback Pat White and backup Jarrett Brown both had touchdown passes. Brown also had a four-yard touchdown run and two backup kickers hit a field goal each. The defense recorded six sacks in total, and walk-on linebacker Najee Good led all tacklers with 10 tackles. Sophomore linebacker Pat Lazear had the only interception on the game off of a White pass. Backup runningback led all ballcarriers with 54 yards on 17 carries while sophomore Brandon Hogan led all receivers with 49 yards on 6 catches.

Recruiting class[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP 8 8 25 21 NR NR NR NR NR NR 20 NR NR NR NR NR 23
Coaches 8 8 24 22 NR NR NR NR NR NR 23 NR NR 25 NR NR NR
Harris not available NR NR NR NR NR NR 22 NR NR NR NR NR N/A
BCS not available NR NR NR 25 NR NR NR NR NR N/A

Game notes[edit]

Syracuse[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Syracuse 3 3 0 0 6
• West Virginia 0 7 0 10 17


Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 3 14 0 0 17
• West Virginia 0 10 10 14 34

[3]

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

Team Opp
Scoring    
  Points per Game    
First Downs    
  Rushing    
  Passing    
  Penalty    
Total Offense    
  Avg per Play    
  Avg per Game    
Fumbles-Lost    
Penalties-Yards    
  Avg per Game    
Team Opp
Punts-Yards    
  Avg per Punt    
Time of Possession/Game    
3rd Down Conversions    
4th Down Conversions    
Touchdowns Scored    
Field Goals-Attempts-Long    
PAT-Attempts    
Attendance    
  Games/Avg per Game    

Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
WVU 0
Opponents 0

Offense[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Name GP-GS Att Yards Avg TD Long Avg/G
Noel Devine 8–8 132 909 6.9 3 92 113.3
Pat White 7–7 102 545 5.3 44 4 77.9
Jock Sanders 8–8 30 168 5.6 19 2 21
Jarrett Brown 5–1 32 157 4.9 35 1 31.4
Mark Rodgers 5–0 12 69 5.8 19 0 13.8
Total            
Opponents            

Passing[edit]

Name GP-GS Cmp-Att-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Pat White 7–7 99–142–3 69.7 885 13 44 126.4
Jarrett Brown 5–1 22–30–1 73.3 114 1 25 22.8
Total              
Opponents              

Receiving[edit]

Name GP-GS Rec. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Jock Sanders 8–8 35 263 7.5 6 25 32.9
Alric Arnett 8–8 19 226 11.9 3 44 28.3
Dorrell Jalloh 8–8 17 202 11.9 3 35 25.3
Noel Devine 8–8 22 96 4.4 0 17 12
Wes Lyons 4–0 9 90 10 0 19 22.5
Will Johnson 4–2 7 48 6.9 1 12 12
Tito Gonzales 3–0 4 35 8.8 0 11 11.6
Tyler Urban 2–0 1 25 25 2 25 12.5
Bradley Starks 3–0 4 20 5 0 13 6.6
Total              
Opponents              

Defense[edit]

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Def. Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BU No.-Yds Avg TD Rcv-Yds FF No.
Mortty Ivy 8 24 37 61 4.0 – 10 .5 – 3 2 3–48 16 0 1–30 0 0
Quinton Andrews 8 28 26 54 2.0 – 4 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sidney Glover 8 23 22 45 4.5 – 18 1.0 – 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ellis Lankster 8 27 17 44 1.5 – 11 0 4 1–31 31 0 0 0 0
Anthony Leonard 8 12 31 43 1.5 – 4 .5 – 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
J.T. Thomas 8 12 25 37 3.5 – 24 1.5 – 15 3 0 0 0 0 2 1
Chris Neild 8 9 23 32 2.5 – 6 1.5 – 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Brandon Hogan 8 15 13 28 0 0 3 2–50 25 0 2–0 0 0
Franchot "Boogie" Allen 8 13 13 26 2.5 – 4 1.0 – 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eain Smith 8 10 15 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
John Holmes 8 7 13 20 3.5 – 25 3.0 – 24 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
Robert Sands 8 8 11 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Doug Slavonic 8 3 15 18 2.5 – 9 2.5 – 9 1 0 0 0 1–0 1 0
Ovid Goldbourne 8 5 12 17 .5 – 3 .5 – 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reed Williams 4 6 11 17 2.0 – 4 0 1 1–11 11 0 0 0 0
Pat Lazear 8 4 11 15 1.0 – 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kent Richardson 8 8 5 13 1.0 – 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nate Sowers 7 7 6 13 .5 – 1 0 1 1–0 0 0 0 0 0
Pat Liebig 5 1 10 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Guesly Dervil 7 4 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zac Cooper 8 3 5 8 1.0 – 8 1.0 – 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total

Special teams[edit]

Name Kicking Punting
XPM XPA XP% FGM FGA FG% LG No. Yds Avg. TB -20 LG
Pat McAfee 25 25 100 9 10 90 52 37 1643 44.4 5 18 65
Total
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Ellis Lankster 20 171 8.6 0 36 3 67 22.3 0 31
Brandon Hogan 2 17 8.5 11 0
Mark Rodgers 13 301 23.2 0 44
Jock Sanders 1 0 0 0 0 5 108 21.6 0 32
Total

References[edit]

  1. ^ West Virginia Mountaineers football article
  2. ^ ESPN. Retrieved 2014-Oct-06.
  3. ^ ESPN. Retrieved 2014-Oct-06.