2009 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

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2009 West Virginia Mountaineers football
West Virginia Flying WV logo.svg
Gator Bowl vs. Florida State, L 21–33
Conference Big East Conference
Ranking
Coaches #22
AP #25
2009 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
« 2008 2010 »
2009 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#8 Cincinnati   7 0         12 1  
#25 West Virginia   5 2         9 4  
#15 Pittsburgh   5 2         10 3  
Rutgers   3 4         9 4  
Connecticut   3 4         8 5  
South Florida   3 4         8 5  
Louisville   1 6         4 8  
Syracuse   1 6         4 8  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 West Virginia Mountaineer football team represented West Virginia University in the college football season of 2009. The Mountaineers were led by head coach Bill Stewart and played their home games on Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Mountaineers finished the season 9–4 (5–2 Big East) and lost in the Gator Bowl 21–33 against Florida State.

Season[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 12:00 PM Liberty* Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPN+ W 33–20   57,950[1]
September 12 3:30 PM East Carolina* Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPN360 W 35–20   59,216[2]
September 19 7:45 PM at Auburn* Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL ESPN2 L 30–41   87,451[3]
October 1 7:30 PM Colorado* Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Gold Rush) ESPN W 35–24   60,055[4]
October 10 12:00 PM at Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ESPN+ W 34–13   40,144[5]
October 17 3:30 PM Marshall* Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Friends of Coal Bowl) ESPN+ W 24–7   54,432[6]
October 24 12:00 PM Connecticutdagger #22 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPNU W 28–24   58,106[7]
October 30 8:00 PM at South Florida #20 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL ESPN2 L 19–30   56,328[8]
November 7 12:00 PM Louisville Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPN+ W 17–9   55,334[9]
November 13 8:00 PM at #5 Cincinnati #23 Nippert StadiumCincinnati,OH ESPN2 L 21–24   35,105[10]
November 27 7:00 PM #9 Pittsburgh Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Backyard Brawl) ESPN2 W 19–16   56,123[11]
December 5 12:00 PM at Rutgers #23 Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPN W 24–21   52,534[12]
January 1 1:00 PM vs. Florida State* #17 Jacksonville Municipal StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) CBS L 21–33   84,129[13]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Liberty[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Flames 3 7 3 7 20
Mountaineers 10 13 3 7 33

Jarrett Brown completed 19 of 26 passes for 243 yards and ran for a 22-yard touchdown, and redshirt freshman Tyler Bitancurt kicked four field goals to lead West Virginia to a 33–20 season-opening victory over Liberty.

East Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 10 10 0 0 20
Mountaineers 7 14 7 7 35

West Virginia was able to overcome a mistake filled day to gain some payback on the East Carolina Pirates. Quarterback Jarrett Brown had a career day completing 24 of 31 passes for 334 yards and 4 touchdowns,including a 58 yard bomb to freshman Tavon Austin. Brown also picked up 73 yards on the ground.


Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 21 0 9 0 30
Tigers 10 10 7 14 41

All-time record: Tied 1-1

This was the second meeting between West Virginia and Auburn, with the Mountaineers winning the first game 34–17 during the 2008 season.

Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 7 3 7 7 24
Mountaineers 7 7 7 14 35

All-time record: Tied 1–1

This was the second meeting between West Virginia and Colorado, with the Buffaloes winning the first game 17–14 in overtime during the 2008 season. The game was designated a Gold Rush, meaning that fans attended the game wearing all gold. West Virginia scored early with a Noel Devine 77 yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage. Colorado responded with a 36 yard run from tailback Rodney Stewart. They then took the lead by making a 39 yard field goal.(He had missed 2 field goals earlier in the game.)West Virginia responded with a 6 yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Brown to Jock Sanders. Despite 4 fumbles lost in the first half for West Virginia, they still led 14–10 at halftime. The second half started with a 48 yard touchdown pass to receiver Bradley Starks to put the Mountaineers up 21–10, Colorado responded by converting on 4th and 10 for a 26 yard touchdown to trim the lead to 4. In the 4th quarter, freshmen fullback Ryan Clarke rumbled for a 1 yard touchdown run, and later ran for an 8 yard run putting the Mountaineers up 35–17 with 2 minutes to play. Colorado scored the final touchdown of the night with 3 seconds left, but it was too late for any sort of comeback as the Mountaineers won 35–24. Noel Devine had a career high 220 yards rushing with an average of 10 yards per carry.

Syracuse[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 14 13 0 7 34
Orange 0 0 6 7 13

WVU jumped out to a 27–0 halftime lead en route to beating the Orange for an 8th straight time. Jarrett Brown completed 22–30 passing for 244 yards and a TD pass to Noel Devine, who also had 97 yards on the ground with a TD.


Marshall[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Thundering Herd 7 0 0 0 7
Mountaineers 0 3 7 14 24
Further information: Friends of Coal Bowl

Starting QB Jarrett Brown was knocked out of the game on the Mountaineer's opening drive, forcing true freshman Geno Smith to step in. The emotional punch of having Brown out of the game showed as Marshall was able to head into the half with a 7–3 lead. WVU responded by scoring on its first possession of the second half, on the way to 21 second half points. Smith finished 15–21 passing for 147 yards and a TD, Noel Devine added 103 yards on the ground scoring 2 TDs

Connecticut[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 7 10 0 7 24
#22 Mountaineers 7 7 7 7 28


South Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Mountaineers 9 3 7 0 19
Bulls 10 10 7 3 30


Louisville[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 6 0 3 9
Mountaineers 0 7 10 0 17


Cincinnati[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 7 7 0 7 21
#5 Bearcats 7 7 7 3 24


Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Panthers 0 3 3 10 16
Mountaineers 0 3 10 6 19

West Virginia's Tyler Bitancurt kicked a 43 yard field goal as time expired to give WVU a win in the 102nd Backyard Brawl. The 2009 Backyard Brawl, broadcast by ESPN2, was the most watched college football game in the history of ESPN2.

Rutgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Mountaineers 14 0 7 3 24
Scarlet Knights 3 0 11 7 21


Florida State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Mountaineers 14 0 0 7 21
Seminoles 3 10 10 10 33

2010 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl marked the final game for legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, who also spent six seasons as head coach at West Virginia.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
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 Final
AP 22 20 24 18 25
Coaches 22 20 23 23 17 22
Harris Not released 23 20 24 25 18
BCS Not released 23 21 25 23 16

Statistics[edit]

WVU Team Statistics Through 6 Games (10/18/09)[edit]

WVU OPP
SCORING 191  125 
  Points per Game 31.8  20.8 
FIRST DOWNS 121  95 
  Rushing 55  29 
  Passing 60  57 
  Penalty
RUSHING YARDAGE 1,108  481 
  Rushing Yards Gained 1,279  661 
  Rushing Yards Lost 171  180 
  Rushing Attempts 223  182 
  Average Per Rush 5.0  2.6 
  Average Per Game 184.7  80.2 
  Rushing TDs 16 
PASSING YARDAGE 1,451  1,276 
  Comp-Att-Int 120–174–6  111–220–9 
  Average Per Pass 8.3  5.8 
  Average Per Catch 12.1  11.5 
  Average Per Game 241.1  212.7 
  Passing TDs 10 
TOTAL OFFENSE 2,559  1,757 
  Total Plays 397  402 
  Avg per Play 6.4  4.4 
  Avg per Game 426.5  292.8 
WVU OPP
KICK RETURNS: #-Yards-TD 24–518–0  34–736–0 
KICK RETURN AVERAGE 21.6  21.6 
PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards-TD 13–160–0  11–111–0 
PUNT RETURN AVERAGE 12.3  10.1 
FUMBLES-LOST 16–11  8–3 
PENALTIES-Yards 36–337  37–305  −0   Avg per Game 56.2  50.8 
PUNTS-Yards 23–1,065  34–1,410 
  Avg Per Punt 46.3  41.5 
  Net Punt Average 38.9  35.0 
TIME OF POSSESSION/Game 31:32  28:28 
3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS 35/76  32/95 
  3rd Down Pct 46%  34% 
4TH DOWN CONVERSIONS 1/4  4/9 
  4th Down Pct 25%  44% 
SACKS BY-Yards 14–88  9–89 
TOUCHDOWNS SCORED 25  15 
RED-ZONE SCORING 20–23 87%  9–12 75% 
FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS 6–6  7–11 
PAT-ATTEMPTS 23–24 96%  14–15 93% 
ATTENDANCE 231,653  127,595 
  Games/Avg per Game 3/59,074  2/63,798 

Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
West Virginia 59 50 33 49 191
Opponents 37 30 23 35 125

Offense[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Name GP Att Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Noel Devine  114  734  6.4  77  122.3 
Jarrett Brown  50  209  4.2  26  34.8 
Jock Sanders  11  62  5.9  12  10.8 
Ryan Clarke  19  61  3.2  12.2 
Shawne Alston  18  3.0  3.6 
Geno Smith  15  2.1  13  5.0 
Tavon Austin  4.0  1.3 
Coley White  2.3  13  7.0 
Mark Rodgers  1.2  0.8 
Brad Starks  −3  −1.5  −0.5 
TEAM −11  −2.2  −2.2 
               
Total 223  1,108  5.0  16  77  184.7 
Opponents 182  481  2.6  36  80.2 

Passing[edit]

Name GP Att-Comp Pct Yds TD INT Lng Avg/G
Jarrett Brown 96–140  68.6  1,209  5 58  201.5 
Geno Smith 23–33  69.7  211  1 33  70.0 
Brad Starks 1–1  100  31  0 31  5.2 
               
Total 120–174  69.0  1,451  58  241.0 
Opponents 111–220  50.5  1,279  10  82  212.7 

Receiving[edit]

Name GP No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Jock Sanders  41  394  9.6  38  78.8 
Brad Starks  14  296  21.1  58  59.2 
Alric Arnett  14  194  13.9  46  38.8 
Noel Devine  11  72  6.5  17  14.4 
Tavon Austin  103  12.9  58  20.6 
Wes Lyons  76  12.7  16  15.2 
Tyler Urban  72  18.0  33  14.4 
Will Johnson  63  15.8  33  12.6 
Ryan Clark  15  7.5  3.0 
               
Total 104  1,285  12.4  58  257.0 
Opponents 94  1,127  12.0  10  82  225.4 

Special teams[edit]

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Total
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Total

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "East Carolina Pirates vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Auburn Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 29, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Colorado Buffaloes vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Syracuse Orange Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Marshall Thundering Herd vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Connecticut Huskies vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. South Florida Bulls Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Louisville Cardinals vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  10. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Pittsburgh Panthers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  12. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  13. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Florida State Seminoles Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2010.