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West Virginia 2003 Recap

December 31, 2003
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Game 8: Nov. 1

West Virginia 36, C. Florida 18

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - West Virginia got back to the .500 mark with a convincing victory over Central Florida on Homecoming day at Mountaineer Field.

Once again, the Mountaineers used a strong running game to power their way to the victory. Mixed in for the third straight game was a deep play passing attack that gave WVU its third 100-yard receiving performance of the season.

For the third straight game, tailback Quincy Wilson went over 100 yards rushing as he finished with 135 yards on 24 carries.

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Game 9: Nov. 8

W. Virginia 35, Boston College 28

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - West Virginia erased a 14-point deficit and captured its first win at Boston College since 1995 with a victory at Alumni Stadium.

Down 14-0, West Virginia needed a spark and got it with 8:13 left in the half. Cornerback Lance Frazier intercepted an Eagle pass and returned it 29 yards to the BC 39 yard line. The Mountaineer offense came alive when Charles Hales hit a streaking Chris Henry for a 37-yard touchdown to pull WVU to within 14-7.

After an interception return for a touchdown and two Hales touchdown passes, the Mountaineers held a 28-14 lead to end the third quarter. The WVU defense made a late stand to preserve the victory.

Making his first career start, backup quarterback Hales was strong in rallying the Mountaineers. Hales completed 11 of 16 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns to lead the WVU offensive attack.

Game 10: Nov. 15

West Virginia 52, Pittsburgh 31

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - West Virginia used a powerful running game and a bruising second half defense to defeat Pittsburgh in the 96th edition of "The Backyard Brawl."

Quincy Wilson rushed for a career-best 208 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Mountaineer attack. His four touchdowns tied a Mountaineer Field record as did his 24 individual points in the game.

Both teams traded possessions until the 8:33 mark when Lance Frazier intercepted Rod Rutherford and returned the ball 27 yards to the Pitt 1-yard line. Wilson finished off the drive, and the Mountaineers found themselves up 45-24 with 7:58 left to play.

Along with Wilson, Marshall added 216 yards passing and Henderson and Chris Henry combined for 138 yards receiving. Grant Wiley led the Mountaineer defense with 15 tackles, one sack and one interception.

Game 11: Nov. 22

West Virginia 34, Syracuse 23

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - West Virginia won for the first time at Syracuse in 10 years and extended its win streak to six games with a victory over the Orangemen in the Carrier Dome.

Wide receiver Chris Henry turned heads with an impressive six catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns. The 209 yards set a WVU receiving record, breaking the old mark of 205 held by Rahsaan Vanterpool and Pat Greene.

The Mountaineers held a late 27-23 lead, but refused to get conservative. Facing a third and three situation, the WVU again chose to go deep and connected big with Henry for a 67-yard touchdown to silence the crowd for good. The Orangemen made one last drive but the Mountaineer defense held on fourth and goal at the 1:09 mark for the big road victory.

Game 12: Nov. 29

West Virginia 45, Temple 28

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - West Virginia won a share of the Big East championship, its first since 1993, with a convincing victory over Temple.

After a fumble recovery for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown, tailback Jason Colson, starting for the injured Quincy Wilson, later scored on a two-yard run and the Mountaineers grabbed a quick 21-0 lead after one quarter.

The Owls tried to battle back, but the Mountaineer rush offense was too overpowering. Colson collected his first 100-yard rushing game of his career finishing with 104 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns and the Mountaineers finished with 208 yards on the ground.

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