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Records galore for WVU in Orange Bowl win
foxsportsflorida ^ | January 5, 2012 | Chriss Thomasson

Posted on 01/05/2012 4:43:18 AM PST by MontaniSemperLiberi

After rumbling 99 yards for a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the second quarter, West Virginia safety Darwin Cook banged into Obie, the Orange Bowl mascot, sending them both tumbling to the ground.

That was more resistance than any Clemson tacklers offered Wednesday night.

In a scintillating display of offense while at the same time humiliating showing on defense, the No. 23 Mountaineers crushed the No. 15 Tigers 70-33 in the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.

There's not enough room here to list all the records West Virginia set. The most amazing was breaking the mark for most points scored in a bowl game. Any bowl game. In college football history.

"I'd be lying if I thought we could come out and score 70," said West Virginia junior quarterback Geno Smith after earning the game’s Most Outstanding Player and saying he won't skip his senior season for the NFL. "But with our offense you never know what can happen."

Smith, from nearby Miramar, Fla., completed 31 of 42 passes for 401 yards and six touchdowns. Both the yards and TDs established new Orange Bowl records. The prior owners? Tom Brady (369 yards in 2000) and Matt Leinart (five touchdowns in 2005).

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: bowlgames; clemson; collegefootball; orange; record; wvu
Someone spilled ink on the record books last night.

WVU set record for all bowls for points in a half. The 49 points were four better than the 45 scored by Colorado against Boston College in the 1999 Insight.com Bowl. The Mountaineers alone set the Orange Bowl record for points in a half. In 2005, USC and Oklahoma combined for 48 points in the first half. Wednesday's game beat that by 21 points.

1 posted on 01/05/2012 4:43:20 AM PST by MontaniSemperLiberi
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi; rocus

Congrats to WVU for winning the Orange Bowl!


2 posted on 01/05/2012 5:09:47 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl
Just heard on ESPN....WVU has scored.......AGAIN!!!

Don't let the 70 - 33 score fool ya...............ity wasn't that close.

I gotta admit, I did feel kindda bad for the kids from Clemson.

Thanx, Biggirl.

3 posted on 01/05/2012 5:22:19 AM PST by Roccus (The GOP is just the sandbox that conservatives are allowed to play in...............for now.)
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To: Roccus

When I first heard the final score, early this morning, could not watch the game, had crashed into bad early, I could not believe that WVU would score that high numbers of points. True, I really feel bad for the Clemson players, they did not know what hit them.

I have to ask the question, did the WVU football team eat a LOT of WHEATIES to be able to win BIG in the Orange Bowl?


4 posted on 01/05/2012 5:30:07 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Roccus

Your welcome!


5 posted on 01/05/2012 5:30:55 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

The Big 12 gets West Virginia next season.

The new WVU coach was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State last year. He has a reputation as an offensive genius.


6 posted on 01/05/2012 5:34:35 AM PST by Ole Okie
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To: Roccus

Also speaking about WVU, my UConn women Huskies beat your women’s b-ball team. Split decision last night.


7 posted on 01/05/2012 5:40:44 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

I like to see West Virginia play Baylor. Winner could play winner of BCS Championship game. Having a college football playoff system is way overdue.


8 posted on 01/05/2012 5:41:47 AM PST by looois
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To: Biggirl
I have to ask the question, did the WVU football team eat a LOT of WHEATIES to be able to win BIG in the Orange Bowl?

Nah...watch some of the replays on ESPN. A couple of weird plays show that Clemson must learn to "play to whistle." Most of Smith's touchdown "passes" were just little shovels to Tavon Austin and then Austin's brilliance took over. Now that he has gotten some national exposure, I fully expect Austin to be in the running for the Heisman next year. If Tavon doesn't get a job in the NFL, I'm sure Ringling Bros. would hire him as a tightrope walker after some of his sideline runs last night.

....and then there was the WVU defense.......

I was watching at a buddy's house and we both agreed that we would NOT want to be in the Clemson locker room at the half. That walk back to the field at the end of the intermission must have been hell for the Tigers.

9 posted on 01/05/2012 5:58:04 AM PST by Roccus (The GOP is just the sandbox that conservatives are allowed to play in...............for now.)
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To: Biggirl

Orange Bowl? #15 and #23.

College Football is dying.


10 posted on 01/05/2012 6:33:56 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Well with so many college sports programs having done “musical chairs” during the last couple of months, it will get interesting.


11 posted on 01/05/2012 6:55:12 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Roccus

Even watching the women’s basketball game last night between UConn and WVU, I see a WVU women’s team, though struggling that puts a very strong effort into their games. As a UConn women’s b-ball fan, will miss that competition after this season when WVU goes over to the Big 12.


12 posted on 01/05/2012 7:01:56 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Ole Okie
The new WVU coach was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State last year. He has a reputation as an offensive genius.

A reputation which he earned with seven years as an assistant to Mike Leach at Texas Tech. Holgerson should be the head coach at Texas Tech, NOT Tuberville.

13 posted on 01/05/2012 7:06:58 AM PST by TexasNative2000 (Jimmy Carter's incompetence + Richard Nixon's paranoia = Barack Obama)
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To: Ole Okie
The Big 12 gets West Virginia next season.

My understanding is that the Big East is holding WVU to the small print in its contract that requires 2 years notification, so WVU won't be playing B12 games until 2 years from now. I have not heard that they resolved that dispute, but the clause in the contract is real.

14 posted on 01/05/2012 7:09:44 AM PST by xzins (Pray for Our Troops Remaining in Afghanistan, now that Iran Can Focus on Injuring Only Them)
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15 posted on 01/05/2012 7:15:27 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

What the heck happened to the defenses during these bowl games?

Further proof that the right two teams are playing for the Title.


16 posted on 01/05/2012 7:16:41 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

WVU definately kicked a$$ and took names last night, but I have to admit it was pretty bush league to still have the entire starting offense on the field and still be passing the ball with 6 minutes left and a 63-26 lead.


17 posted on 01/05/2012 7:29:16 AM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: commish

1) This is college ball. Agree with it or not,(and I don’t) running up the score is a way of life. Big scores equal higher ranking.

2) Holgorsen. The way Stewart was ousted as head coach, especially after the Rodruiguez fiasco, left a very bad taste in the mouths of MANY WVU fans and Holgorsen knows it. IMO, he is trying to get in their good graces and thinks this is the way to do it.


18 posted on 01/05/2012 8:00:04 AM PST by Roccus (The GOP is just the sandbox that conservatives are allowed to play in...............for now.)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

And this was with Clemson having a home-team crowd. There were were people sneering West Virginia didn’t even belong.


19 posted on 01/05/2012 8:38:35 AM PST by dangus
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To: dfwgator

Waiting for the real bowl game to take place on the 9th.


20 posted on 01/05/2012 8:44:26 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: dangus

This is has been that way in regards to the bowl games, and in a special way, the BIG bowl games in the BCS series in regards to the Big East and to a degree, to the ACC because of the thinking that both conferences are simply b-ball conferences that only have gotten interested in football in the last number of years.


21 posted on 01/05/2012 8:47:28 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: xzins

Heard on a morning show that there could be a possible court fight in that case starting sometime in July.


22 posted on 01/05/2012 8:48:49 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi
No one here in Atlanta seems to want to discuss bowl games this week.

Weird.

23 posted on 01/05/2012 8:55:03 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Roccus

The sad thing is that they didn’t run up the score. The massive lead was taken entirely in the first half. They cruised for the second half, but Clemson was already behind , 63-20.


24 posted on 01/05/2012 8:58:42 AM PST by dangus
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

Having been born in W by gawd, always have been and will be a fan. It was a game I wish my father was alive to see.

However the QB deciding not to go pro is a wise move. In fact I highly recommend he get a degree and coach or teach. He is not going to be an impact player in the NFL and probably not a starter. Canada? Don’t know.


25 posted on 01/05/2012 9:04:25 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Biggirl

There could be a court fight, but if WVA signed, then they signed. I’m sure the Big East’s issue is to have a minimum of 8 teams playing next year. They have added about 5 new ones, but I’m not sure when they are available for play.

If that gets worked out, then they might release WVU, but if they don’t then they simply cannot afford to have WVU not honor its contract.


26 posted on 01/05/2012 9:12:54 AM PST by xzins (Pray for Our Troops Remaining in Afghanistan, now that Iran Can Focus on Injuring Only Them)
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To: Pan_Yan

Well not suprised, got an NFL team that is in playoff mode from Atlanta.


27 posted on 01/05/2012 9:29:03 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Roccus

Saw the highlights of last night’s game, no wonder Clemson had no chance to win. Even one of the WVU ran down the Orange Bowl mascot when making the touchdown in the process. The mascot got up, waved, and smiled in the video on ESPN.


28 posted on 01/05/2012 9:33:01 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl
Well not suprised, got an NFL team that is in playoff mode from Atlanta.

That and both Big G and GT choked in overtime in their bowl games.

29 posted on 01/05/2012 9:45:54 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: dangus

“There were were people sneering West Virginia didn’t even belong.”

I had to hear a lot of that for the past month here in Clemson country. Now we are 3-0 in BCS games over the past six years.

I’m getting a lot of love from Gamecock fans today.


30 posted on 01/05/2012 10:14:04 AM PST by MontaniSemperLiberi (Moutaineers are Always Free)
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To: dangus
They cruised for the second half, but Clemson was already behind , 63-20.

It was 49 - 20 at the half.

31 posted on 01/05/2012 10:36:50 AM PST by Roccus (The GOP is just the sandbox that conservatives are allowed to play in...............for now.)
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To: Roccus

I went to bed at the half, confident that the game was no longer in doubt as to whom would dominate in the second half.


32 posted on 01/05/2012 10:45:47 AM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they cannot be deceived, it's impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Biggirl
Also speaking about WVU, my UConn women Huskies beat your women’s b-ball team. Split decision last night.

Actually 2-1. WVU Men's b-ball beat Rutgers last night.

33 posted on 01/05/2012 10:47:45 AM PST by Conservative_Jedi (Give me Liberty or give me Death!!)
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To: xzins; Biggirl
There are two court fights going on, one in RI the other in WV. WVU lost it's call for dismissal of the suit brought by the Big East in RI which claims that the bylaws won't permit WVU to leave. WVU has brought suit against the Big East in WV claiming that the BE has violated its own bylaws by screwing with the ratio of b-ball only to b-ball and football schools in the conference. The BE has filed for dismissal of this suit but no decision has been reached on that as yet.

At the same time WVU has already made, and the BE has accepted, a down payment of $5 million towards its exit fee from the conference.

IMO, the Big East will soon be finished as a football conference.

34 posted on 01/05/2012 10:58:12 AM PST by Roccus (The GOP is just the sandbox that conservatives are allowed to play in...............for now.)
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To: Roccus

FWIW, WVA is still Big East and they destroyed Clemson. Cincinnati is Big East and they defeated SEC Vanderbilt.
Boise State will be Big East and demolished Az St.
Louisville is BE and lost in the Belk Bowl by a TD to NC State
Rutgers is BE and defeated Iowa St in the Pinstripe Bowl
Houston will be BE and defeated Penn St in the Ticket City Bowl.
San Diego St will be BE and lost in the Carriers Bowl
SMU will be BE and is playing Pitt who is BE in the Compass Bowl.

The five schools being added are Boise St, SMU, Houston, Central Florida, and San Diego State.

The 3 being lost are Pitt & UConn to the ACC and WVA to the B12.

Those being added rank more highly than those being lost so the BE’s rating as a conference will actually improve.

My sense is that the BE’s price for WVA’s exit will be a smoke-filled-back-room agreement that the B12 will fully support the continuing BCS status of the BE.


35 posted on 01/05/2012 11:58:11 AM PST by xzins (Pray for Our Troops Remaining in Afghanistan, now that Iran Can Focus on Injuring Only Them)
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To: xzins
My understanding is that the Big East is holding WVU to the small print in its contract that requires 2 years notification, so WVU won't be playing B12 games until 2 years from now.

You're right. My error.

Mike Leach will still have a major effect in the B12 when WVU gets there. Holgerson coached at TTech under Leach.

36 posted on 01/05/2012 12:10:56 PM PST by Ole Okie
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To: TexasNative2000

The Tech powers would sure have been a lot smarter to hire Holgerson. It was obvious that he wasn’t planning to stay at Okie State very long as offensive coordinator.

Of course I didn’t think they were very smart to fire Leach.


37 posted on 01/05/2012 12:16:18 PM PST by Ole Okie
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To: Ole Okie

I have mixed feelings about the WVU move. I’m a Big East undergrad (Cincy) and a B12 master degree (Kansas St). As a Cincy native, I was a Bob Huggins (basketball) coach from day 1 of his arrival at UC. He went to K-State and then to WVU.

I hate to see WVU go. It’s a solid school in many ways. The ACC made a mistake choosing UConn over WVU.


38 posted on 01/05/2012 12:19:52 PM PST by xzins (Pray for Our Troops Remaining in Afghanistan, now that Iran Can Focus on Injuring Only Them)
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To: Ole Okie

Agreed on both counts.


39 posted on 01/05/2012 12:50:40 PM PST by TexasNative2000 (Jimmy Carter's incompetence + Richard Nixon's paranoia = Barack Obama)
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To: Roccus

I BELIEVE WVa scored two more touchdowns early in the third quarter, then started cruising.


40 posted on 01/05/2012 2:06:02 PM PST by dangus
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To: xzins

For right now, UConn is still is in the Big East, but I post this with cauton, for things could change.


41 posted on 01/05/2012 2:25:29 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl

Was it Pitt and Syracuse that left? I’m sorry. My mistake.


42 posted on 01/05/2012 2:32:23 PM PST by xzins (Pray for Our Troops Remaining in Afghanistan, now that Iran Can Focus on Injuring Only Them)
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To: xzins

Pitt and Syracuse left to go to the ACC.


43 posted on 01/05/2012 2:36:46 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: xzins

>>The 3 being lost are Pitt & UConn to the ACC and WVA to the B12.

Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC, not UConn (yet).


44 posted on 01/05/2012 2:38:33 PM PST by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: Betis70

My mistake. Sorry. Too bad. Our teams won’t get to see 3 feet of November snow any more surrounding a football stadium. :>)


45 posted on 01/05/2012 2:40:48 PM PST by xzins (Pray for Our Troops Remaining in Afghanistan, now that Iran Can Focus on Injuring Only Them)
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To: xzins

No problem. UConn might still bolt, which would upset me as a UConn alum.

I miss those Cincy battles when Huggins was the coach. And Pitt will be missed in basketball, and I really can’t imagine not playing Syracuse.


46 posted on 01/05/2012 2:47:22 PM PST by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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