What Is March Madness? A Complete Beginner’s Guide

March Madness is one of the biggest college basketball tournaments of the year. From the second week of March to the first week of April, fans from across the country watch closely to cheer on their favorite teams and see who will win the national championship.

Whether you’re new to college basketball or you just want to know more about what this period entails, the guide below will help you understand what March Madness is, how it works, and what it means for WVU sports.

WVU in March Madness 2017

The Mountaineers are the 4th seed in the West Bracket. Arguably, the easiest bracket of the four, the Mountaineers will have to overcome a possible Sweet 16 match-up against the #1 Seed Gonzaga.

The West bracket is seeded with the following teams

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Arizona
  3. Florida St.
  4. WVU
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Maryland
  7. St. Marys
  8. Northwestern
  9. Vanderbilt
  10. VCU
  11. Xavier
  12. Princeton
  13. Bucknell
  14. FGCU
  15. North Dakota St.
  16. South Dakota St.

Rounds 1 & 2

In the First Round, West Virginia University triumphed over Bucknell University with a final score of 86-80. In the Second Round, the Mountaineers beat the Fighting Irish basketball team from Notre Dame with a score of 83-71.

Sweet 16

In their next game, they face off against the first seed of the West Bracket, the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The winner of this match up will head to the Elite 8 to take on either #11 Xavier or #2 Arizona.

WVU has never won March Madness . Could this be the year that we take it all the way?

What Is March Madness?

March Madness is a college basketball tournament run by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). It consists of 68 Division I men’s basketball teams and 64 women’s basketball teams that are carefully selected to play for the national championship. The teams go head-to-head in a single-elimination tournament (aka a knockout tournament) until one is ultimately declared the victor.

Why Is It Called “March Madness”?

The term “March Madness” is loosely based on the frenzied state fans go into when the games start. It came about in 1982 when a reporter from CBS casually used the saying during a telecast. Needless to say, it stuck, and now the expression March Madness is partly owned by the NCAA. More than anything else, it’s a catchy phrase that’s easy to remember. Plain and simple.

The Selection Process for March Madness

There are nearly 700 Division I teams (men’s and women’s combined), and that number has to be narrowed down to 132 – 68 men’s and 64 women’s. Thirty-two teams for each gender earn their invitations to March Madness by winning conferences. The remaining 36 men’s and 32 women’s teams are chosen by the selection committee.

There are separate selection committees for men’s and women’s basketball. Typically, the men’s basketball selection committee consists of all men and the women’s consists of all women, though there have been some exceptions. Well-known women’s basketball coach Janet Cone is a member of the current men’s committee.

The selection committee meets all year long to discuss the tournament. Then they have a meeting between Thursday and Sunday right before March Madness starts to officially determine which teams will make the cut. The decisions are announced on TV during Selection Sunday.

Several factors go into the selection process, including:

  • Ranking in national polls
  • Rating Percentage Index (RPI – Learn more here)
  • Adjusted RPI (not public information)
  • Wins against ranked opponents
  • Performance during the regular season
  • Conference and road records

Each member of the selection committee submits a list of teams they believe should have a guaranteed spot in March Madness. If eight members recommend the same team, that team is given a spot. The rest go through a heavy debate until the committee comes to a conclusion.

How March Madness Tournaments Are Bracketed – Seeds and Pods

Once the selection committee has chosen the teams to compete, they also have to determine which teams will play against each other. There are four regions the teams can be placed in – Midwest, West, East and South. Teams are “seeded” into one of these regions, and then they are put in groups of seeds called pods. The committee works to create a balance within each region, putting a mixture of weak and strong teams throughout to make sure one region’s teams does not have an unfair advantage over another region.

Not only does the selection committee have to determine seeding, but they also have to decide where each pair of teams is going to play. A team cannot play in its home arena, but high-ranking teams are usually given a site close to home. There are strict rules that govern the seeding process, but it eventually results in a set of brackets that showcase each game, line by line.

The March Madness Tournament

Over the course of three weeks, the 68 men’s basketball teams and 64 women’s teams compete in games according to the bracket. In the men’s tournament, there is an “opening round” where four teams compete for a spot in the top 64. After that, there are two straight days of play where 64 teams are narrowed down to 32. The next two days narrow the group to 16, known as the Sweet 16. Those teams are given a four day break until they compete again.

Since this is a single-elimination tournament, the winning team from each game moves forward in the tournament. The losing team goes home. In the second week of March Madness, the Sweet 16 are reduced to the Final Four. Those four teams compete during the last week of the tournament until one becomes the NCAA champion.

WMU Innovations

5 WVU Innovations That Have Changed the World

Some people think of West Virginia University as a “party school,” but that is far from the case. Sure, we like to have fun around here, but we also have a lot of great education going on. What you may not realize is that many world-changing innovations started at WVU. Let’s take a look at some of the fantastic, creative, first-of-their-kind advancements that began at WVU.

1. Expanding Wireless Internet through Vacant TV Channels

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You know those static noise that used to drive you nuts while flipping through TV channels?  The Federal Communications Commission found a way to use those channels to expand the reach of wireless broadband internet. WVU was the first university in the country to utilize this innovation on campus, making internet faster and more accessible to students and faculty members alike. You probably don’t even notice static channels anymore thanks to the menus and guides from most TV providers (if you even use cable at all), but they’re still there and they still boost internet signals across the country.

2. Providing Affordable, Energy Efficient Public Transit

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WVU was one of the first universities to provide eco-friendly public transit options for students and residents alike. The Personal Rapid Transit system, PRT, was around long before the “go green” revolution swept the country, and it remains one of the most efficient transportation services for universities in the U.S. Since the program launched in 1975, more than 83 million people have traveled with PRT. All of the vehicles are powered with electric motors to save fuel and lower costs at the same time.

3. Developing Transportable Emissions Testing Labs

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Researchers at WVU invented the first heavy-duty vehicle emissions testing facility that was fully transportable. This work has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of an ongoing study on emissions levels in diesel-engine vehicles. The lead engineer for the research team, Dan Carder, was listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2016, and the team continues to work on more ways to improve emissions testing in the United States.

4. Providing Respiratory Treatments for Pediatric Patients

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Photo: WVU Medicine Facebook

The medical center at WVU was the second in the country to use diaphragm pacing for pediatric patients. This process utilizes electric pulses to stimulate the diaphragm and reduce the risk of respiratory failure. It is often used in patients with sleep apnea to help them rest soundly at night and continue breathing as normal. While most diaphragm pacers are used on adults, they can be used on children under specific circumstances – and of course, with the help of a talented medical team like the one we have at WVU.

5. Understanding How the Brain Works

Neuroscience

The chimera state has long perplexed members of the scientific community. Recently, a team of WVU chemists have been able to reproduce this phenomenon in a laboratory, which could be a huge breakthrough in neuroscience. By recreating the chimera state, scientists will be able to analyze it thoroughly within a lab to gain a better understanding of how the brain works and why this event occurs in the first place. WVU created the world’s first institute designed specifically to study human memory, now known as the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute.

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Actors You May Not Know Were WVU Alumni

Hollywood is a melting pot of diverse, talented people who find joy in entertaining others. What you may not know is that a number of well-known actors were once students at WVU. In addition to the school’s expansive list of professional athletes, we have an assortment of graduates who made a career in the entertainment industry. Check out these actors you may not know were WVU alumni.

Don Knotts

Don Knotts

Don Knotts is a five-time Emmy winner best known for his roles as Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show and Ralph Furley in Three’s Company. Knotts was born right here in Morgantown, West Virginia, and he graduated from Morgantown High School. He went into the military after graduation, but when he returned, he began attending WVU. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1948 and moved to Hollywood soon after. He did not start his role as Barney Fife until 1960, but his quirky personality and comedic timing made him an unforgettable entertainer.

Cheryl Hines

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Cheryl Hines is a two-time Emmy nominee best known for her work as “Cheryl” on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. She has also been in movies like RV with Robin Williams and The Grand, which puts a comedic twist on the World Series of Poker. Ironically, Hines is an avid poker player who has won over $50,000 in tournaments and table play. She attended WVU before heading to Hollywood, but she did not graduate from here. Instead she earned her degree at the University of Central Florida.

Billy Mays

Billy Mays

Some people know Billy Mays from the Discovery Channel show PitchMen, but most know him for his work advertising As Seen on TV products. He was the face of several products that became popular in the early 2000’s, including OxiClean, Kaboom, and the Awesome Auger. During his two years here at WVU, he was a walk-on linebacker for the Mountaineer football team. Unfortunately, the salesman with the brilliant beard passed away in 2009 after an incident related to his heart disease.

Chris Sarandon

Chris Sarandon

You may not know Chris Sarandon’s face, but chances are you’ve heard his voice. He provides the ominous-yet-upbeat vocals for Jack Skellington in the Disney and Tim Burton classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, along with the reprisal of the character in the video game Kingdom Hearts. He also played the role of Prince Humperdinck in The Princess Bride, and he has been in many Broadway productions. He was born in Beckley, West Virginia, and he graduated from WVU with a bachelor’s degree in performing arts. He went on to earn his master’s in theater from The Catholic University of America, where he met his wife – the ever-famous Susan Sarandon. The couple split in 1979, but Susan continues to act using Chris’s last name.

Conchata Ferrell

Conchata Ferrell

“Hey Berta, want to see my armpit hair?” “Only if you wanna see mine…” Conchata Ferrell is mostly known for playing the sassy housekeeper Berta in CBS’s Two and a Half Men. She has been nominated for two primetime Emmy Awards for that role, in addition to the nomination she received for playing Susan Bloom on L.A. Law. She played some minor supporting roles in Edward Scissorhands, Erin Brockovich, Mr. Deeds, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, along with many other films and television shows. She was born in Charleston, WV and she attended West Virginia University, but she officially earned her social studies education degree from Marshall University.

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Five Sure-Fire Ways to Host A Mountaineer Game Night!

Thinking about spending the weekend watching the game with your family and friends and supporting your home team? The best part of hosting a game night is that it’s as easy as watching it! A lot of the routine you go through when watching a game can easily be applied with a few additions to ensure a pleasant and fun night with your family and friends.

Invites

If you’re inviting your family or friends over, remember to send out an invite of the time they should arrive because we all have that friend who’s either too early to an event or always “fashionably-late”. Timing is very important especially when you have to set-up to make sure your guests arrive to a comfortable setting. While you’re setting up, don’t forget to throw on some West Virginia logo attire to be fully immersed in supporting the team!

Facebook is a great tool for letting your friends know about your event, simply create an events page and invite away!

Set-up

It’s okay if you don’t have throw pillows to add onto your sofa or couch, just make sure you have enough space around the TV for everyone to gather around for the main event. Depending on the comfort of your guests, feel free to throw a few pillows on the ground for them to sprawl out on. Keep in mind that your guests will be snacking and drinking during the game, so gather around as many coffee tables, end tables, or anything where your guests can set their plates and drinks. Better yet, remember to fill your bowls with game snacks and place them near the game watching area to encourage your guests to fill their stomachs while cheering on the team. If you have some West Viriginia logo decorations, this is the best time to take them out and show off some team spirit! If you’re feeling creative and want to decorate the house in football theme, take a look at this Super Bowl party décor for inspiration.

Food & Drinks

Food and drinks is easily the most important part of hosting game night. Once you figure out how many people you’ll be having, then you can appropriately decide the snacks and drinks to provide. Beer is always a good choice with a football game, but feel free to switch it up to anything from wine to cocktails depending on your guests’ preferences. Encourage your guests to bring their own drinks as well!

You can’t watch a game empty handed, so remember to stock up on finger foods ranging from chips to pretzels to vegetable dips as the healthier alternative. Go easy on trying to show off your culinary skills for a game night and stick with things that are easy to eat with your hands, making it easier to root for your team when they score.

Take a look at some of these football inspired snacks from savory to sweet that are easy to make and will definitely amaze your guests.

Games

The best part about hosting a game night is that you and your family and friends can make your own games to go along with watching it! Hype up the mood by guessing the score, add in a drinking element to the game, and raise the stakes by coming up with a prize for the winner! Football bingo is always a crowd pleaser and you can download an already made grid here or make your own. Check out this list for more games you could play even during commercial break!

The fun is infinite and you can go wild with the cheering at your own comfort.

Send off

When the game is over, some guests may end up staying longer than expected. Don’t be afraid to let them know when the night is over and you’re ready to retire to bed. If you’re happy with hosting game night again, let them know, decide if you want to start rotating hosts for each game and plan ahead!

Of course, we can’t forget that the most important part of hosting game night is to have fun! Let us know in the comments below if you’ve hosted a game night and what your suggestions are, we’d love to hear your stories on how you rooted for our West Virginia team!

Guess The Score of the West Virginia v. Kansas Men’s Basketball Game!

Mountaineer World is excited to announce the West Virginia Men’s Basketball “Guess the Score” contest! All you have to do is guess the score, then watch the game!

After a Mountaineer victory, Mountaineer World will award the person with the correct guess a $50 gift card to Mountaineer World! And because we love celebrating a WVU victory, if no one guesses the score correctly, we’ll give the closest answer 25% off a single purchase!

Guess the Score of the WVU v. Kansas Men’s Basketball Game Now!

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WVU Football Closes Season with Win at Cactus Bowl

The Mountaineers defeat the Arizona State Wildcats 43 – 42

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
 WVU 9 13 14 7 43
ASU 3 15 14 10 42

 

After a season of ups and downs, WVU football defied the odds and made it to the 2016 Cactus Bowl. With 2:19 left in the fourth quarter, Skyler Howard threw a 15-yard pass to David Sills to get the victory over Arizona State.

Howard’s arm was able to dominate most of the game, throwing against one of the worst pass defenses in college football. Of the 672-yards gained from WVU’s passing game, 532 of those yards came directly from Howard. His performance on Saturday allowed him to achieve the second-best passing yardage in the Mountaineer football program history, falling short of Geno Smith with 656-passing yards.

The Sun Devils were up for most of the game, and during the fourth quarter, completed a 52-yard touchdown with a pass connection between ASU QB Mike Bercovici and WR Gary Chambers. The touchdown brought the Sun Devils back into the lead. In a move that ASU head coach, Todd Graham, would later call a mistake, Arizona State kicked a field goal, rather than going for the 2-point conversion. This allowed WVU the opportunity to close the game with a 1-point victory.

Shelton Gibson closed the game as the top receiver with 143-yards under his belt. Closely following Gibson were Ka’Raun White with 116-yards and Daikiel Shorts with 97-yards. Wendell Smallwood, who has been toping charts all season, once again led the Mountaineer rushers by carrying the ball 13 times for a total of 72 yards. Smallwood will close the season with 1,519 rushing yards, topping all WVU backs since Steve Slaton in 2006 with 1,744-yards.

Game Hero

Though at times fans questioned whether Howard was qualified for the job, he managed to close the season with a winning season, a win at the Cactus Bowl, and with the 5th most passing yards of any West Virginia quarterback in the history of the program.

Howard completed 221 of 403 passes for 3,145=passing yards and a total of 24 touchdowns. Though the 14 interceptions on the season is lack-luster, Howard effectively led his team through a rough October schedule, into recovery as they went on a 4-game winning streak in November, and ultimately to defeat the Sun Devils in the Cactus Bowl.

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Struggling with a WVU Last Minute Gift?

Starting your Christmas shopping the week of Christmas is never a good idea, but we’re all guilty of waiting until the last minute to figure out what you are getting that last person on your list. Lucky for you and that special, Mountaineer loving, last minute person on your gift list, Mountaineer World has everything your loved one could want or need for all WVU sporting events!

Does your brother or sister enjoy going to the snowy, windy Mountaineer Football games, but have been hinting lately that their hoodie isn’t quite warm enough? Come down to Mountaineer World and pick up our new WVU UnderArmour Realtree Camo Hoodie for $84.99! It’s a perfectly warm way to enjoy a day of barbequing with friends, playing corn hole, and cheering on your Mountaineers. It’s 100% polyester and is a coldgear design from UnderArmour ensuring that you stay warm even if the game goes to overtime!

Need a good idea for that relative or friend of yours because last year they obviously didn’t like the fruitcake you picked up for them last second? We have a variety of small, thoughtful gifts to choose from at Mountaineer World. The West Virginia Mountaineers BBQ Tool Set for $19.99 makes the perfect gift for that Uncle who always insists he makes the best BBQ Ribs in West Virginia. How about a West Virginia “Nuff Said” Koozie for $3.99 for your friend who is always the life of the party after a WVU victory?

No matter who you waited until the week of Christmas to buy for, Mountaineer World has you covered with our vast variety of Mountaineer items! Can’t make it down to the store? Visit our website and browse through our selection.

You are sure to find something for your loved one this holiday season at Mountaineer World!

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WVU Football Loses Close battle with Kansas State

West Virginia falls 23-24 on the road against Kansas State

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
 WVU 3 10 7 3 23
KSU 0 3 14 7 24

It seemed to be the year that WVU football would defeat Kansas State for the first time since joining the Big 12. The Mountaineers came out strong to begin the game, dominating the first half. Though the Kansas State defense was able to hold West Virginia to only one touchdown in the first half, the Skyler Howard-to-Jovon Durante 24-yard pass kept the Mountaineers competing on the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.

It looked as though WVU football would get a little bit more help in the beginning of the 3rd quarter. Kansas State starting QB Joe Hubener ran for four-yards before going down with an injury, forcing Hubener to leave the game after completing only 6 of his 19-passes. With that, K-State was forced to put wide receiver Cody Cook in as their QB. What may have been game-ending for the Wildcats turned out to be a contributing factor to the eventual Mountaineer defeat. On his first play, Cook connected a pass with Kyle Klein, putting Kansas State at the West Virginia 12-yard line. three, short plays later, Cook ran the ball in for Kansas State’s first touchdown of the game.

Though the Mountaineers had out-gained the Wildcats 447-304, achieved 7 more first downs, and went into halftime leading by 10-points, the Kansas City special teams was able to wrap it up and defeat WVU football by a single point. Some of the struggle came with West Virginia’s passing game, with Howard only completing 19 of 42 attempts. The past four winds from WVU came from their strong running game. Jordan Thompson achieved the most catches (5) for 127-yards for West Virginia and Daikiel Shorts Jr. combined with Howard for seven catches and 68-yards. But it wasn’t enough to get the Mountaineers on a 5-game winning streak.

The good news? WVU football is still going to a bowl game! Your West Virginia Mountaineers will be meeting with Arizona State in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl on January 2, 2016. Make sure your family is ready to cheer on your favorite team with gear from Mountaineer World under your Christmas tree this year!

Game Heroes

Though the Mountaineers tried to make the most of their passing game on Saturday, Wendell Smallwood earns our game-day hero title once again. Smallwood has been the Mountaineers’ top running back all season and continued to show his leadership, technique, and skill on Saturday against the Wildcats.

Falling just behind Texas Tech’s DeAndre Washington for the Big 12 rushing title, Smallwood ended his regular season with 1,447 yard – 8 points short of Washington. 141 yards of that total was earned in 25 carries against the Wildcats of Kansas State. In addition to his yardage, Smallwood was able to contribute a touchdown to his team after a 14-yard run into the end one in the third quarter. He was named Big-12 Offensive Co-Player of the Week.

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WVU Football Remains Bowl Eligible

WVU Football Concludes Home Game Schedule with Win Over Cyclones

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
 WVU 7 6 10 7 30
ISU 0 6 0 0 6

Game Overview

WVU Football ended this season’s home game schedule with a four game winning streak after defeating Iowa State at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday, November 28th. The win came after some odd, lack luster fake punt attempts from ISU Head Coach Paul Rhoads who had nothing to lose as he was given notice that he would not be the Cyclones Head Coach next season following their loss to Kansas State. Despite Iowa State’s fake punt attempts – two of which were successful against West Virginia’s punt return team – WVU struggle to keep their head above water until halfway through the 3rd quarter. Head Coach Dana Holgorsen commented after the game, “Glad that’s over,” as he spoke about his team’s performance on Saturday.

After stopping the Cyclones’ first possession of the second half, the Mountaineers began to pull further ahead. Josh Lambert sent both a 34-yard field goal on the board, setting the score at 16-6. Starting quarterback Skyler Howard followed suit, running 32-yards for a touchdown after Rushel Shell and Wendell Smallwood combined with Howard for an 83-yard scoring drive to put the Mountaineers within scoring distance.

The third fake punt attempt met with misfortune for the Cyclones as they went against the WVU defense. WVU got the ball at the ISU 15-yard line a Shell was able to carry it into the end zone for a touchdown.

The West Virginia defense carried their stellar performance from the shutout victory over Kansas with 3 turnovers and 5 sacks.

WVU remains bowl eligible after Saturday’s win. Both Fox Sports and CBS Sports predicts West Virginia to play in the Cactus Bowl on Jan. 2 against California in a Big 12, PAC 12 match-up. ESPN projections for West Virginia put them in either the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl against LSU or the Cactus Bowl with California. The experts at SB Nation also have West Virginia appearing in the Cactus Bowl, but facing USC in Tempe, Arizona.

Do you think WVU will be heading to a bowl game this year? If so, let us know in the comments where you think our Mountaineers will be heading.

Game Heroes

Saturday’s best performance was given by the entire West Virginia defense. Coming off of a shut out victory over the Jayhawks on Saturday, November 21st, the WVU defense continued their strong performance against ISU on Saturday.

The defense finished the game on Sataurday with 5 sacks, a 3 turnovers against the Cyclones. WVU was able to hold Iowa State at 284 yards, while the offense put up 415 yards against the Cyclones. The opposition averaged a mere 3.5 yards on 80 plays.

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WVU Football Earns Shut Out Victory Over Jayhawks

WVU Football is Bowl Game Eligible After Win Over Kansas City

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
 WVU 28 14 7 0 49
KU 0 0 0 0 0

Game Recap

WVU Football earned its first shutout victory since 2012, the year they joined the Big 12 conference. The Kansas City Jayhawks have been through a trying season, featuring a roster made-up of mostly true freshman and redshirt freshman, and you could tell the inexperience when the Mountaineers took the field. Of West Virginia’s first six possessions, the team capitalized on four of them.

A gusty wind blanketed Kivisto Field Memorial Stadium on Saturday, but that didn’t keep the Mountaineers down as Terrell Chestnut forced the Jayhawks Tre’ Parmalee to fumble, which kicked off the Mountaineers’ scoring with a Rushel Shell touchdown several plays later. Chestnut came up big for WVU on the next play when he caught an interception from Kansas City QB Ryan Willis and brought it back for the second touchdown of the game.

West Virginia continued their first quarter scoring run with two more touchdowns that came by way of their running backs. Though the West Virginia running game has been getting stronger throughout the season, it climaxed against Kansas City on Saturday. Skyler Howard was also able to get in on the running game in the beginning of the second quarter as he weaved his way through the Jayhawk defense for a 42-yard gain. At the 3-yard line, Howard threw a short pass to Cody Clay in the back of the end zone to put the Mountaineers up 35-0.

On the next possession, Howard chose to take it in himself from the nine with about 5 minutes to go in the first half. The question after the first half wasn’t if West Virginia would take the game, but if for the first time since 1969, would the Mountaineers have three 100-yard rushers in the same game.

At the end of the third quarter, it happened. After Howard collected his 100-yards by the end of the second quarter, Wendell Smallwood had collected his 100 by the beginning of the third, leaving Rushel Shell. With two minutes left on the board during the third quarter, Shell ran the ball for 19 yards to earn 102 rushing yards and complete the trifecta.

By the conclusion of the game, the Kansas City Jayhawks were leaving with a loss, and the Mountaineers were able to say that they are bowl eligible yet again under Head Coach Dana Holgerson. Exactly what bowl game will remain undetermined until WVU finishes regular season play, but we know Mountaineer Nation will be excitedly awaiting the announcement.

 Game Heroes

With a first in 46 years, the heroes of the game would have to go to the three 100-yard rushers against Kansas City. Howard, Smallwood, and Shell combined for a fierce trio that couldn’t be stopped against the inexperienced Jayhawks.

Howard not only ran an amazing rushing game, but completed 13 of 22 passes including a touchdown despite the vicious wind during play. Smallwood and Shell came through early in the game, guaranteeing a Mountaineer victory before the end of the first quarter.

Unsung Heroes

We can’t forget the explosive start to the WVU shutout victory. Chestnut kicked the game off in high fashion, making plays to ensure WVU would earn a win. When a player comes out the way Chestnut did to start the game, they set the tone for the entire team for the remainder of the game.

Since struggling with an upsetting October schedule, WVU needs players who can pick the team up and set them back on the right path again, and Chestnut’s timing couldn’t have been better. With the win, WVU will continue play into Bowl season this year.

WVU football continues play on Saturday November 28th at 12PM against Iowa State at home. Be sure to make it into Mountaineer World before the game to get geared-up for another Mountaineer win!

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