Big 12 football: West Virginia’s Big 12 history
West Virginia is coming aboard the Big 12. Just what the Big 12 needed. Name-brand football. The geography’s a stretch, but the football is solid. That geography thing has kept the Mountaineers from too much interaction with its new brothers in Conference Chaos. Here is West Virginia’s history against Big 12 schools:
OKLAHOMA: 2-2.The Sooners beat WVU under Bud Wilkinson (47-14 in 1958) and Barry Switzer (52-10 in 1978). But the Mountaineers and QB Jeff Hostetler stunned the ’82 Sooners 41-27. And we all remember the 2008 Fiesta Bowl, when Pat White, Noel Devine and Owen Schmitt put a 48-28 whipping on OU. The Sooners never have played in Morgantown.
OKLAHOMA STATE: 2-1.Believe it or not, OSU and WVU played a home-and-home series in 1928-29, with the Mountaineers winning 32-6 in Morgantown in ’28 and 9-6 in Stillwater in ’29. But the Cowboys beat WVU 35-33 in the 1987 Sun Bowl.
TEXAS: 1-0. West Virginia won 7-6 in Austin in 1956.
TEXAS TECH: 1-0. WVU won 7-6 in the 1938 Sun Bowl.
TCU: 1-0. WVU won 31-14 in the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl.
KANSAS: 1-0.WVU won 21-0 in 1941 at Morgantown.
KANSAS STATE: 1-1. WVU won 23-7 in 1930 but lost 19-0 in 1931, both games at Morgantown.
West Virginia has not played Baylor or Iowa State. So that’s an impressive, albeit limited, record, 9-4. But just five of the 13 games have been played since 1958, and three of those in bowl games. None of WVU’s future Big 12 mates has played in Morgantown since World War II.
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