For a few hours WVU football was WVU football again, and that was fun. Let's talk about it some more. In fact, let's talk about people talking about it. I present the first Mountaineer Retweet. I'll throw together some of my favorite tweets from the game and add a little comment on each.
This one caught my eye on Friday night. I don't pay super close attention to the work of @cfbmatrix, but I knew enough to give it a little run, including it in my Gold Nuggets segment on Saturday AM. Suffice to say I'll be paying closer attention now (Googles 'Nashville Bookies').
Has WVU ever won while wearing gold pants/gold shirts? But wait...gold helmets too? Maybe that will end the all-gold curse?! WVU wins 30-24.— Charlie Blac (@DJCharlieBlac) September 28, 2013
Props to my man Charlie Kessell, who came about as close to nailing it as you can. Also I 100% subscribe to his gold helmets offsetting the negative mojo of the gold on gold look. I will not argue about this.
I'm enjoying the new IMG folks. Their pregame and postgame shows are really hitting their stride, the Twitter account is very active during the games and they provide little gems like this only minutes after it happens. To a nerd like me who enjoys listening to those calls in my office on Wednesday afternoon when I'm bored to tears, that's pretty cool.
After every series, Clint Trickett finds his RB and WR and OL on the bench, high-fives each, then puts on his visor and joins the QBs.— All 'Eers (PG) (@MountaineersPG) September 28, 2013
Obviously the whole winning thing helped, but did anyone else just think Clint looked more like a starting quarterback out there? Sure he doesn't have Childress' size and arm or Paul Millard's......uh.....Millardness, but he's certainly got something. He just seemed in command of things. To my memory they didn't waste a timeout getting a play in all game and the only delay of game penalty resulted from Trickett stubbornly refusing to stay down and get an injury timeout. They even went tempo from time to time, something that had been way beyond them for the first 4 games of the season. If Clint can stay in one piece he might be pretty damn fun to watch.
This was really the only decision all day that bugged me. The kid just hasn't shown any propensity for hitting these long field goals, yet Holgorsen keeps trotting him out there. As we all know those kicks are low and run a higher than normal risk of being blocked and my fear is that it happens at a very inopportune time. Gotta do better than this.
You know how a lot of time charities will donate a certain dollar figure for field goals or sacks? Some electronics store could score an advertising homerun jumping on a donation for every headset Holgo breaks. Maybe keep a scoreboard in their store or ask WVU for broken ones to display.Tell me you wouldn't shop there. @HolgoHeadset can't be far away, either.
I just can't get enough Holgo Rage.
Jordan Thompson and Joe DeForest just chest bumped after that fair catch.— Geoff Coyle (@GFCoyle) September 28, 2013
The worst part about this tweet? No idea if it's real or a joke. I've thought about it for minutes and still no idea. If I had to bet my life savings I don't know which direction I'd go. Honestly.
West Virginia is winning with defense and LSU is playing it safe and kicking long field goals. WE ARE THROUGH THE DAMN LOOKING GLASS.— sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) September 28, 2013
This just made me laugh.
COUNTRY ROADS TAKE MY FACE IT'S FALLING OFF A RACCOON HAS IIIIIIIIIIT AND IT TAKING IT INTO THE WOOOOOOOOODS— Holly Anderson (@HollyAnderson) September 28, 2013
No idea what this means but it was nice to having the interweb funny people tweeting funny things about us again.
I also turned down an invitation to ride along on a chartered plane to Morgantown today, so feeling ~nine kinds of stupid. How y'all.— Holly Anderson (@HollyAnderson) September 28, 2013
Ugh. That'll haunt you for days, Holly.
OK, let's look at some numbers to get an idea what WVU really did today.
#okstate's completion percentage on offense was 42.5%, lowest since the '09 Colorado game (41.7%).— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) September 28, 2013
Wow, seriously? Tell me more.
Jeremy Smith averaged 2.4 inches per carry today.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) September 28, 2013
15 carries. 1 yard. I did not get those mixed up. Wow. Is there more stats porn?
Oklahoma State had 19 offensive possessions. Three ended in scores.— Ben Kercheval (@BenKercheval) September 28, 2013
The Mountaineers defense forced 10 punts and allowed just three drives to go over six plays.— Ben Kercheval (@BenKercheval) September 28, 2013
This was an Oklahoma State team averaging 45 points a game. That's 6 TDs and a field goal. Also they'd made 15 red zone trips this season and scored a touchdown in all 15. The only team in America to have done that. What you saw Saturday was one of the alltime great performances by a WVU defense. 21 points to Oklahoma State is like negative 15 points to everyone else. I looked it up and did the math.
Kip Smith's 10 punts today were the third most by an #okstate kicker in a non-Bedlam game ever (22 against KU in '23, 11 against ISU in '86)— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) September 28, 2013
Again - wow.
I heard this live and it made me laugh out loud. Cookie Monster is killing it on the field this year - he's top 5 nationally with 3 interceptions so far - and providing postgame gold. Sounds good enough for All Big 12 to me.
Trickett: "We just beat the No. 11 team in the nation and we didn't play our best game at all."— Allan Taylor (@AllanTaylorWVU) September 28, 2013
(supresses urge to write 2000 blubbering words about how great Clint Trickett is becasue it was just one start but holy crap he GETS IT and he's TOUGH and he's a LEADER and he's 100% right here if this team can figure some things out on offense they're REALLY good and I need to calm down it was just one game).
Trickett man crush: engaged RT @AllanTaylorWVU: Trickett: "We just beat the No. 11 team in the nation & we didn't play our best game at all"— Brandon Priddy (@abpriddy) September 28, 2013
Please let that arm be OK.
What I tell you guys last week? Don't give up on this team.....#WVU— Julian Miller (@JmillzHot97) September 28, 2013
I would never give up on a WVU team and certainly not in September, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that was a pretty dismal Saturday 7 days ago. But college football is college football, and sometimes days like today happen and I'm running around doing laps of my basement and scaring the dog. I've been a WVU fan for over a quarter century and it never ceases to amaze me the wide range of peformance they're capable of over a short time. And in Miller's defense, he did tell us last week:
Regroup and get ready for conference play, that's all we can do, have faith everyone, one game doesn't define a season or this team #wvu— Julian Miller (@JmillzHot97) September 21, 2013
My family and I have been through a tough time with this transition for me. That emotional phone call I got from my dad was worth it.— Clint Trickett (@ClintTrickett9) September 29, 2013
And then there was this. Trickett probably had some unfair expectations thrust on him when he arrived this spring and I can't imagine how frustrating that sideline was for the first few games. It's to his credit and the credit of his parents that he's a kid who respectfully waited for his opportunity and then stepped up when called upon. He may not be the most physically gifted guy to ever play the position but dammit he's our quarterback and I'm really happy about that.
It's pretty neat to have a homegrown West Virginian leading the team and pretty neat to read tweets like this. I hope it's the first of many.
Watch a replay and savor that win - those are the moments we live for as fans.