The last time West Virginia University’s football team visited Oklahoma was back in 1982. To say that the Mountaineers were the underdog is an understatement.
That team, coached by Don Nehlen, was led by a new quarterback by the name of Jeff Hostetler.
West Virginia was coming off a surprising victory over Florida in the 1981 Peach Bowl, but gone from that team was record-setting quarterback Oliver Luck. (Luck, who played in the NFL and became a lawyer, is now the Athletic Director at WVU.)
WVU’s new quarterback was Jeff Hostetler, a Penn State transfer, who was a talented but an unproven product.
After its terrible start, West Virginia outscored Oklahoma 41-13 in the final three quarters. In those three quarters, the Mountaineers out-gained the Sooners, 443-239, and had 19 first downs to OU’s 11.
Oklahoma, who was one of the top programs in the country, went into the home game ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll.
Hostetler singed the Oklahoma secondary for 321 yards and four touchdowns.
Other names Mountaineer fans might remember that were key on that team were All-American linebacker Daryl Talley, kicker Paul Woodside, wide receiver Willie Drewery and tight end Mark Raugh.
It was indeed one of the biggest wins in Mountaineer history.
WVU had another big upset win over Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl winning 48-28. This time they were led by quarterback Pat White and a walk-on fullback named Owen Schmitt. Schmitt’s 57-yard touchdown run in the Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma was perhaps one of the most impressive and memorable moments of his storied career at WVU. A young Noel Devine came in for an injured Steve Slaton at tailback and helped lead the Mounties to victory.
On Saturday, WVU returns to Norman, Oklahoma. It would be great to see another upset, but it might be even more difficult for the Mountaineers this time around.
…. Cut day for NFL teams was last Saturday and the following former Mountaineer football players made 53-man rosters:
New York Jets, Ellis Lankster, CB, 4th year,Geno Smith, QB, 1st year; Cincinnati Bengals,Adam Jones, CB, 7th year; Pittsburgh Steelers, Will Johnson, FB, 2nd year, Terrance Garvin, LB, 1st year; Indianapolis Colts; Pat McAfee, P, 5th year; Jacksonville Jaguars, JT Thomas, LB, 2nd year; Tennessee Titans, Darius Reynaud, RB, 5th year; New York Giants, Ryan Mundy, S, 5th year, Injured Reserved Selvish Capers, OL, 2nd year; Philadelphia Eagles, Najee Goode, LB, 2nd year, Washington Redskins, Cris Neild, DT, 2nd year; Pat White, QB, 2nd year; Green Bay Packers, Don Barclay, T/G, 2nd year; Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Keith Tandy, S, 2nd year; St. Louis Rams, Tavon Austin, WR, 1st year, Stedman Bailey, WR, 1st year; and Seattle Seahawks, Bruce Irvin, DE, 2nd year.
….. Virginia Tech cornerback Donaldven Manning has transferred to Marshall. Marshall coach Doc Holliday announced Manning’s transfer Tuesday. He must sit out the 2013 season and will have three years of eligibility remaining. Manning had four tackles and an interception and appeared in eight games as a freshman for Virginia Tech in 2012. Manning attended Miami (Fla.) Central, the same high school that produced Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato and wide receiver Tommy Shuler.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)