1982 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

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1982 West Virginia Mountaineers football
West Virginia Mountaineers logo.svg
Gator Bowl, L 12–31 vs. Florida State
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
APNo. 19
1982 record9–3
Head coachDon Nehlen (3rd season)
Home stadiumMountaineer Field
(Capacity: 50,000)
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Penn State           11 1 0
No. 13 Florida State           9 3 0
No. 10 Pittsburgh           9 3 0
No. 19 West Virginia           9 3 0
Boston College           8 3 1
Southwestern Louisiana           7 3 1
East Carolina           7 4 0
Miami           7 4 0
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Virginia Tech           7 4 0
Notre Dame           6 4 1
Cincinnati           6 5 0
Georgia Tech           6 5 0
Navy           6 5 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Rutgers           5 6 0
Army           4 7 0
South Carolina           4 7 0
Temple           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
William & Mary           3 8 0
North Texas State           2 9 0
Syracuse           2 9 0
Memphis State           1 10 0
Richmond           0 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1982 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University in the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Mountaineers' 90th overall season and they competed as a Division I-A Independent. The team was led by head coach Don Nehlen, in his third year, and played their home games at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. They finished the season with a record of nine wins and three losses (9–3 overall) and with a loss against Florida State in the Gator Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 11at No. 9 OklahomaW 41–2775,008
September 18MarylandNo. 17W 19–1856,042
September 25RichmondNo. 15
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, West Virginia
W 43–1048,461
October 2at No. 2 PittsburghNo. 14ABCL 13–1657,250
October 9No. 19 Boston CollegeNo. 16
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, West Virginia
W 20–1355,554
October 16at Virginia TechNo. 13W 16–652,300
October 23No. 9 Penn StateNo. 13
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, West Virginia (rivalry)
L 0–2460,958
October 30East CarolinaNo. 18
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, West Virginia
W 30–350,616
November 6at TempleNo. 17W 20–1728,968
November 11at RutgersNo. 19WTBSW 44–1727,132
November 20SyracuseNo. 16
W 26–048,456
December 30vs. Florida StateNo. 10ABCL 12–3180,913

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Roster[edit]

1982 West Virginia Mountaineers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB Jeff Hostetler
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 90 Darryl Talley Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Season recap[edit]

Jeff Hostetler was the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers. He led the team with 1916 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. Leading the team in rushing was Curlin Beck with 357 net yards. Darrell Miller led the team in receiving with 34 receptions for 565 yards.

The first game featured the Mountaineers against perennial powerhouse Oklahoma. Despite being a two touchdown plus underdog, the Mountaineers played a great game to upset the Sooners in Norman, 41–27. That was followed up with a 19–18 home victory over rival Mayland. The third game against Richmond, was a blowout, in which the Mountaineers won 43–10.

Their first loss of the season came to their hated rival, Pittsburgh, in the Backyard Brawl, by a score of 16–13. In the brawl, fans were introduced to All-American linebacker Darryl Talley. He intercepted a Dan Marino pass and blocked a punt for a safety in West Virginia's 16–13 loss to the No. 2-rated Panthers. The 1982 game was one of just five times that both teams were nationally ranked: Pitt was rated No. 2 and West Virginia was 14th after upset wins over Oklahoma and Maryland.[2]

The Mountaineers rebounded with a hard fought 20–13 slugfest over Boston College, and quarterback Doug Flutie. WVU traveled to Blacksburg to take on rival Virginia Tech, in a game the Mountaineers won 16–6.

The next week, the Mountaineers hosted the number 1 team in the Nation, the Penn State Nittany Lions at home. WVU's offense never got rolling against the vaunted defense of Penn State, who pitched a 24–0 shutout. WVU rebounded once again with a blowout of its own against East Carolina, 30–3. The Mountaineers traveled to Philadelphia to take on Temple. The Owls lost 20–17.

West Virginia closed out the season with dominating wins over Rutgers, and Syracuse. That gave them a 9–2 record, a number 10 national ranking, and a trip to the Gator Bowl to take on Florida State.

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WVU 1982 Schedule". The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  2. ^ no longer valid link