Take a big breath Mountaineer Nation. Your team has made it through non-conference play, a hurricane game cancellation, two conference games and the month of September. Undefeated. The Mountaineers are a Top Ten team going into Homecoming week. Time to take a second and smile.
Yes, Saturday in Lubbock was nothing short of a second half nightmare. As head coach Dana Holgorsen said post victory “Good teams find a way to win, especially on the road in the Big 12, so we’re happy about that. We’re thrilled to be 2-0 in the Big 12. Defense stepped up and hung in there, made a play at the end to get us some points on the board, which obviously we needed a few to win.”
You should be too, Mountaineer fans. Be happy that this team is as special as we thought this summer. In the first quarter of the season, the team is unscathed and undefeated. Now, the Mountaineers have Homecoming Week upon them. Homecoming is a great time for old and young Mountaineers to come together Saturday at noon and cheer on the team as they show the fans, university and State how great is it to be a part of the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Saturday’s noon kickoff welcomes the Big 12’s Kansas Jayhawks. The Jayhawks are making the trip East after losing to Oklahoma State, putting the Jayhawks’s season at a 2-3 record. In comparison to seasons past, Kansas is doing pretty good; especially having a great non-conference win over the Big 10’s Rutgers in September.
The Jayhawks have a tall order in front of them Saturday at Milan Puskar. One of the biggest challenges for Kansas in Saturday’s homecoming matchup will be pass defense, something they have struggled with throughout this season so far. Simply put, Kansas will have quite the challenge in taking on West Virginia’s beloved Will Grier, as the Mountaineers quarterback continues to be an exceptionally dynamic playmaker game after game. Kansas is one of the more improved, more complete programs they’ve had in comparison to seasons past, but as of right now there are not many playmakers to compare to Grier suiting up for the Jayhawks.
Homecoming is a time that brings you back to your roots, quite literally being taken home on country roads. West Virginia is coming home off the away game victory, going into a noon Homecoming game that will be a time of celebration and pride. West Virginia football is in a good spot right now. Back your bags for the Gold Rush Saturday, travel those familiar country roads, connect with old family and friends and plan to sing a little John Denver Saturday.
Homecoming week is here.