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West Virginia 2003 Recap

December 31, 2003

Game 1: Aug. 30

Wisconsin 24, West Virginia 17

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - No. 20 Wisconsin battled back from a 10-point second half deficit to defeat West Virginia in front of 60,663 fans at Mountaineer Field.

West Virginia rushed for 162 yards and passed for 138 to total 300 yards of offense. Wisconsin turned in a balanced attack of 223 yards on the ground combined with 215 through the air to total 438 yards of total offense.

Despite suffering a knee bruise, Quincy Wilson was the man on the ground for the Mountaineers with 99 yards rushing and two scores. Rasheed Marshall and Charles Hales combined for 138 yards passing while receiver Travis Garvin totaled 88 yards. On defense, Grant Wiley led the way with 15 tackles and Mike Lorello collected 12 stops and four tackles for a loss of six yards.


Game 2: Sept. 6

West Virginia 48, East Carolina 7

GREENVILLE, N.C. - West Virginia gained its first victory of the 2003 season in convincing fashion with a victory over East Carolina under the lights of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The Mountaineers took advantage of five Pirate turnovers and converted all of them into touchdowns en route to the victory. Mixing a balanced running game and a precise passing attack, West Virginia rolled up 555 yards of total offense.

Rasheed Marshall was superb and on target in the game. He completed 11 of 18 passes for 194 yards and a career-best four touchdowns passes. He also added 37 yards rushing to account for 231 yards of total offense. Quincy Wilson was also stout as he rushed for 147 yards and touchdown.

Game 3: Sept. 13

Cincinnati 15, West Virginia 13

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - Cincinnati claimed its first victory ever over West Virginia by capturing a victory at Mountaineer Field in a turnover-filled contest for both squads.

The two teams combined for eight fumbles and a total of 10 turnovers to set a Mountaineer Field record. A steady rain hampered play in the first half, and the slick playing conditions made holding onto the football that much tougher.

Chet Ervin hit a field goal - his third of the day - from 37 yards away, with 1:59 left in the third quarter to put the Bearcats up 15-13. The Ervin field goal ended the scoring for the game, though both teams had chances for more points in the fourth quarter.

Game 4: Sept. 20

Maryland 34, West Virginia 7

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland broke a tie in the long-standing series with West Virginia as the seventh-largest crowd in Byrd Stadium history watched the Terrapins roll to a victory.

It was Maryland's night from the start as the Mountaineers could not find any rhythm at all on offense, which left the WVU defense on the field for most of the first half. By halftime, the Terps had won the time of possession battle by nearly 10 minutes.

West Virginia avoided the shutout at the 4:02 mark of the fourth quarter when running back Kay-Jay Harris powered in from 13 yards away to finish off a six-play, 50-yard drive. Harris accounted for 27 yards in the scoring effort.

Game 5: Oct. 2

Miami 22, West Virginia 20

MIAMI - West Virginia almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season in college football as No. 2 Miami escaped with a victory in front of a Thursday night national audience.

Trailing 19-13 with 3:32 left in the game, the WVU defense forced a Jarrett Payton fumble to give the offense one last chance and the Mountaineers took full advantage. Tailback Quincy Wilson received a screen pass from Rasheed Marshall and powered his way 33 yards for the go-ahead score in what will be remembered as one of the great runs in Mountaineer football history.

However, the Hurricanes still had 2:00 left to work their magic and it came of fourth down and 13 as tight end Kellen Winslow made a leaping outstretched catch to keep the drive alive. Four plays later, Miami kicker Jon Peattie converted on a 23-yard field goal attempt to foil the major upset hopes of the Mountaineers.

Game 6: Oct. 11

West Virginia 34, Rutgers 19

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - West Virginia broke a three-game losing streak with a victory over Rutgers at Mountaineer Field.

Key performances from tailback Quincy Wilson and receiver Chris Henry sparked the offense as both turned in personal bests. Henry pulled in four catches for a career high 176 yards, 10th best receiving game in WVU history, and Wilson rushed a career high 40 times for 177 yards and three touchdowns to get the WVU offense back on track.

Game 7: Oct. 22

West Virginia 28, Virginia Tech 7

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - West Virginia captured the biggest win in school history with a defeat of third-ranked Virginia Tech before a Wednesday night national audience.

The Mountaineers scored the upset victory thanks to a strong running attack led by senior Quincy Wilson who finished with 178 yards and one score.

Rasheed Marshall completed seven of 14 passes for 162 yards, including a 93-yard scoring strike to Travis Garvin - the second longest touchdown pass in WVU history. Garvin turned in his first 100-yard receiving day as a Mountaineer with three catches for 117 yards.

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