2014 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

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2014 West Virginia Mountaineers football
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Liberty Bowl vs. Texas A&M, L 37–45
Conference Big 12 Conference
2014 record 7–6 (5–4 Big 12)
Head coach Dana Holgorsen (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson (3rd as coordinator, 4th overall year)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson (1st as coordinator, 8th overall year)
Base defense 3–3–5
Home stadium Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium (60,000)
Seasons
« 2013 2015 »
2014 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 Baylor +   8 1         11 2  
#3 TCU +   8 1         12 1  
#18 Kansas State   7 2         9 4  
Oklahoma   5 4         8 5  
Texas   5 4         6 7  
West Virginia   5 4         7 6  
Oklahoma State   4 5         7 6  
Texas Tech   2 7         4 8  
Kansas   1 8         3 9  
Iowa State   0 9         2 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
As of January 1, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Playing as a member of the Big 12 Conference (Big 12), the team was led by head coach Dana Holgorsen, in his fourth year. West Virginia played its home games at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia. They finished the season 7–6, 5–4 in Big 12 play to finish in a three way tie for fourth place. They were invited to the Liberty Bowl where they lost to Texas A&M.

Coaching staff[edit]

2014 Coaching Staff

[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 3:30 PM vs. #2 Alabama* Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game) ABC L 23–33   70,502
September 6 7:30 PM #22 (FCSTowson* Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV RTPT W 54–0   56,414
September 13 12:00 PM at Maryland* Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD (Rivalry) BTN W 40–37   48,154
September 20 7:30 PM #4 Oklahoma Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV FOX L 33–45   61,908
October 4 4:00 PM Kansasdagger Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV FSN W 33–14   52,164
October 11 12:00 PM at Texas Tech Jones AT&T StadiumLubbock, TX FS1 W 37–34   58,502
October 18 12:00 PM #4 Baylor Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV FS1 W 41–27   60,758
October 25 3:30 PM at Oklahoma State #22 Boone Pickens StadiumStillwater, OK ESPN W 34–10   59,124
November 1 3:30 PM #10 TCU #20 Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV ABC L 30–31   61,190
November 8 3:30 PM at Texas #24 Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX FS1 L 16–33   95,714
November 20 7:00 PM #12 Kansas State Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV FS1 L 20–26   47,683
November 29 12:00 PM at Iowa State Jack Trice StadiumAmes, IA FS1 W 37–24   50,059
December 29 2:00 PM vs. Texas A&M* Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) ESPN L 37–45   51,282
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
  • Schedule sources:[2]

Game notes[edit]

Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 3 14 3 3 23
#2 Crimson Tide 3 17 10 3 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Blake Sims went 24 for 33 for 250 yards, added 42 yards running, threw one interception in the fourth quarter, and took every offensive snap against West Virginia in a 33-23 win for the Crimson Tide. Coming off a 4-8 season, West Virginia was a 26 1/2-point underdog but led by Clint Trickett the Mountaineers almost pulled the upset against the number 2 team in the country. Trickett was 29 for 45 passing for 365 yards and a touchdown. Kevin White had a team leading 143 yards receiving and kicker Josh Lambert hit 3 field goals.

Attendance- 70,502 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA

Towson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 0 0 0 0
Mountaineers 10 21 9 14 54
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Coming off of a close loss to Alabama in week one, Clint Trickett and the Mountaineers put up 54 points on the Towson Tigers of the Football Championship Subdivision. Trickett threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns while also running in for a score. Kevin White added 101 yards receiving and Rushel Shell added 47 receiving yards and 71 rushing yards. The Tigers offense struggled against a West Virginia defense that is much improved from last year, only gaining 122 total yards of offense. This was West Virginia’s first shutout since playing Coastal Carolina in 2010 and the first shutout for the Mountaineers since joining the Big 12.

Attendance- 56,414 Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV

Maryland[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 14 14 9 3 40
Terrapins 0 20 7 10 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–22–2 2013 Mary, 37–0

Led by Clint Trickett 511 passing yards, West Virginia gave away a 22-point lead before Josh Lambert kicked a game winning 47-yard field goal to give West Virginia a 40-37 win over rival Maryland. Clint Trickett threw for 4 touchdowns in the win and Mario Alford was on the receiving end of two of those touchdowns. Kevin White had his best game of the season with 13 catches for 216 yards and a touchdown. West Virginia’s defense held the Terrapins to 4 of 15 on third downs and forced an interception. This win erased the bad memory for the Mountaineers of the 37-0 blowout in the 2013 installment of this rivalry.

Attendance- 48,154 Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD

Oklahoma[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Sooners 3 21 14 7 45
Mountaineers 7 17 3 6 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 2013 OK, 16–7

Samaje Perine rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 4 Oklahoma to a 45-33 win in Morgantown over West Virginia. "They made good adjustments at halftime. They made a bunch of plays in the second half when the game was on the line" said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. Clint Trickett threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns for West Virginia, but he was intercepted twice and lost a fumble. His main target in the loss was senior receiver Kevin White who had 10 receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown.

Attendance- 61,908 Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV

Kansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 0 0 7 7 14
Mountaineers 16 10 7 0 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2013 Kansas, 31–19

Led by Clint Tricketts 302 passing yards and Mario Alford’s 94 yard kickoff return for a touchdown the Mountaineers beat Kansas 33-14. Rushel Shell ran for a season high 113 yards and a touchdown and Kevin White had 6 catches for 132 yards. West Virginia put up 557 yards of offense while the special teams played a very inconsistent game. After the Mountaineers' Jordan Thompson fumbled a punt on his 18 that led to a short touchdown run by the Jayhawks' Corey Avery, Alford took the ensuing kickoff into the endzone for a score to put West Virginia ahead 33-7 late in the third quarter.

Attendance- 52,164 Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV

Texas Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 3 7 10 17 37
Red Raiders 14 7 6 7 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2013 Tech, 37–27

Sophomore Josh Lambert kicked a career-long 55-yard field goal at the end of the game to lead West Virginia to a 37-34 win over Texas Tech. The Red Raiders built an eleven point lead and carried that into halftime before being outscored 27 to 13 in the second half with the Mountaineers rallying from 14 points down in the fourth quarter. Clint Trickett was held to a season-low 301 yards but still completed 28 of 44 passes and had two touchdowns. Rushel Shell added two touchdowns, including the game tying one yard touchdown run late in the game. This was West Virginia’s first win against Texas Tech since joining the Big 12 conference 3 years ago.

Attendance- 58, 502 Jones AT&T Stadium • Lubbock, TX

Baylor[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Bears 13 7 7 0 27
Mountaineers 7 17 3 14 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2013 Baylor, 73–42

When West Virginia needed another late push to pull out a win, Clint Trickett and Kevin White fought through the rain, turnovers, and the Bears defense to beat fourth ranked Baylor. Trickett threw two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter as West Virginia knocked off Baylor in Morgantown. Two of Tricketts touchdowns fell into the hands of senior receiver Kevin White, who caught 8 passes for 132 yards. This is the third top 5 opponent West Virginia has faced this season after previously losing to number 2 Alabama and number 4 Oklahoma. Against Baylor, Trickett went 23 of 35 for 322 yards, his eighth straight 300-yard game going to last season. The WVU defense, coached by Tony Gibson also stepped up holding the bears to only 7 second half points and 318 total yards.

Attendance- 60,758 Mountaineer Field Morgantown, WV

Oklahoma State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Mountaineers 14 0 3 17 34
Cowboys 0 10 0 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 2013 WVU, 30–21

TCU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Horned Frogs 7 0 14 10 31
#20 Mountaineers 13 0 14 3 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2013 WVU, 30–27

ESPN's College Gameday made its second trip to Morgantown in its history.

Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Mountaineers 3 0 0 13 16
Longhorns 7 17 0 9 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2013 UT, 47–40

Kansas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Wildcats 7 10 6 3 26
Mountaineers 0 3 7 10 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 2013 KSU, 35–12

Iowa State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 7 20 0 10 37
Cyclones 14 7 3 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2013 ISU, 52–44

Texas A&M–Liberty Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 14 14 17 0 45
Mountaineers 20 7 3 7 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP NR RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 22 20 24 RV RV RV RV RV NR 
Coaches' NR RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 25 22 25 NR RV NR NR NR NR 
CFP Not released 20 23 NR NR NR NR NR Not released


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Coaching Staff". West Virginia University Department of Athletics. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ Montoro, Mike (November 5, 2014). "2014 Football Schedule Released". West Virginia University Department of Athletics. Retrieved January 12, 2014.