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Benefiting from the presence of the Wertz Field airport adjacent to campus, the program supplied a number of black pilots to the U. By , African-Americans represented but 20 percent of the total student population.

The Mountaineers were 4—1 to start the season and led arch rival Pitt 35—8 at halftime in week six. The Mountaineers surrendered 28 unanswered points, losing to the Panthers 36—35 and leading Bowden to remark that he had "embarrassed the whole state of West Virginia" in the process.

The Mountaineers continued their winning ways under Bowden in andposting records of 7—4 and 8—4 respectively.

The West Virginia team earned the program's first trip back to a bowl game in three years, participating once again in the Peach Bowl against North Carolina State. The season also witnessed the offensive prowess of running back Kerry Marbury and wide receiver Danny Buggs.

Marbury ran for 16 touchdowns ina record that remained unbroken until The and seasons, however, were not successful campaigns for the Mountaineers, as they finished with records of 6—5 and 4—7.

Despite the disappointment of those seasons, Danny Buggs earned All-American status for his contributions in both campaigns. The season was successful as the Mountaineers compiled a 9—3 record, a 13—10 Peach Bowl victory over North Carolina State, and a final ranking of No.

Additionally, the Mountaineers upset the No.

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Bowden later described the victory as one of the most exciting ones of his coaching career. In just six seasons with the Mountaineers, Bowden produced a 42—26 record, good for fifth all-time in the program.

Under the direction of Frank Cignettithe Mountaineers endured four consecutive losing seasons. West Virginia completed the season with a 5—6 record, losing four of its final six games. The disappointment of was realized again the following season, as the Mountaineers posted another 5—6 finish in After a promising 4—1 start to the season, including an upset road victory over No.

The Mountaineers finished 2—9 inbeing outscored — It was later revealed that Cignetti had suffered from a rare form of cancer during the season, nearly losing his life on the operating table during a procedure to remove his spleen in the winter of The Mountaineers produced another 5—6 finish, losing their first three games and later dropping three out of their final four games.

Despite the program's losing seasons during Cignetti's tenure, Cignetti managed to land prized recruit and future Consensus All-American linebacker Darryl Talleyas well as standout quarterback and future Athletic Director Oliver Luck and running back Robert Alexander.

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In the wake of Frank Cignetti's firing, the West Virginia Athletic Department determined that a full rebuild was in order. Coinciding with Nehlen's hire was the construction of the second incarnation of Mountaineer Fieldthe program's current home stadium. After a 6—6 campaign inNehlen's Mountaineer team produced the first of 15 winning seasons under his direction.

It also marked the first of three consecutive nine-win seasons and four consecutive bowl game appearances for the Mountaineers. Led by senior quarterback Oliver Luck 's 2, yards passing and 16 touchdowns, the team posted a 9—3 record and earned a trip back to the Peach Bowlwhere they defeated the Florida Gators 26—6.

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WVU also finished ranked in the polls for the first time sincecoming in at No. The Mountaineers experienced similar success. Sparked by their come-from-behind upset victory over No.

The season also witnessed the offensive prowess of running back Kerry Marbury and wide receiver Danny Buggs. The Mountaineers came away with another 38—35 victory, winning consecutive bowl games for the first time since the and seasons. The Mountaineers suffered another defeat the following week with a 12—10 home loss to Virginia Tech , followed by a 19—9 loss to No. Until the completion of the new convocation center, the December commencement was held in the P.

Despite its Gator Bowl loss, West Virginia once again finished the season 9—3 and ranked 19th in both final polls. The team also produced the program's first Consensus All-American since in senior linebacker Darryl Talley.

The Mountaineers won their first six games at the outset of the seasonattaining a No.

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With a 41—23 upset loss to in week 8, however, West Virginia's hopes of an undefeated season collapsed. WVU lost three of its final five regular season games before defeating Kentucky in the Hall of Fame Classic to finish the season at 9—3.

It was the third consecutive season for WVU to finish ranked, coming in at No. Quarterback Jeff Hostetler led the offensive attack with 2, yards passing and 16 touchdowns, while Kicker Paul Woodside received All-American honors in converting 21 of 25 field goal attempts and all 37 of his extra point attempts en route to a team-leading points.

Although the season had all off the makings of a memorable one for West Virginia, the Mountaineers experienced another letdown. WVU started the season with a 7—1 record, posting an upset victory over No. The Mountaineers were upset in each of their final three regular season games, however, losing to Virginia, Rutgers and Temple.

The shortcomings of those seasons came to a head inwhere the Mountaineers endured a season of growing pains and near-misses. Despite a 1—3 start, West Virginia rallied to finish the regular season at 6—5 with four of its five losses coming by deficits of 5 points or less. Freshman quarterback Major Harris led the way for the Mountaineers, compiling 16 total touchdowns and providing glimpses of what was to come in his illustrious collegiate career.

The edition of the Mountaineers achieved an undefeated regular season, compiling 11 wins for the first time in its history. The success of the regular season culminated in West Virginia's first and only trip to a National Championship Game in its history, where the No.

The Spring commencement was the first commencement held in the Walker Convocation Center. The Mountaineers finished 7—4 in and participated in the Liberty Bowl against Utah , West Virginia's first bowl game in 11 years as well as the first major college football bowl game ever played indoors and to be broadcast nationwide in the United States. It also became the first public college in West Virginia to be accredited by North Central.

Notre Dame went on to win 34—21 and claimed the national championship. West Virginia finished the campaign ranked No. Major Harris compiled yards rushing, 1, yards passing, and 20 total touchdowns on the season.

The Mountaineers raced to a 4—0 record and to No. In Week 5 against No.

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Trailing 31—9 in the 4th quarter, Pitt scored 22 unanswered points and kicked a game-tying field goal as time expired to force a 31—31 tie. The Mountaineers suffered another defeat the following week with a 12—10 home loss to Virginia Techfollowed by a 19—9 loss to No.

Despite those defeats, WVU finished the regular season at 8—2—1, a No. The Mountaineers lost 27—7 and finished the season at 8—3—1 with a No. West Virginia entered the season as new members of the Big East in what became a year affiliation with the conference.

After finishes of 6—5 in and 5—4—2 inthe Mountaineers returned to ranks of the college football elite in the season. For the second time in six seasons, West Virginia produced an undefeated, win regular season in The Mountaineers engineered several close victories, beginning with a 36—34 upset of No.

In its final two regular season games, WVU twice erased 4th quarter deficits to defeat No. Despite finishing the regular season undefeated and ranked No. The Bowl Coalition system, designed to place the top two ranked teams in a bowl to determine the National Champion, slotted the Mountaineers at No.

The Seminoles were selected to play No. The Gators routed the Mountaineers 41—7, denying West Virginia its perfect season.

WVU finished the season at 11—1, ranked No. Robert Walker amassed a then-school record 1, rushing yards, along with 11 touchdowns on the season. The season was WVU's final season with double-digit victories during Nehlen's tenure as subsequent Mountaineer teams failed to recapture that level of success.

After posting a 7—6 record in and a 5—6 mark inthe Mountaineers showed promise of returning the program to national prominence.

The team also produced the program's first Consensus All-American since in senior linebacker Darryl Talley. While president at West Virginia State, "Hemphill [oversaw] enrollment growth, expansion of academic programs and construction of several buildings on campus. After a 3—5—2 finish in , Carlen guided the Mountaineers to their 8th and final SoCon championship in

West Virginia began the season with a 7—0 record, only to lose three of its final four regular season games en route to an 8—3 record and a 20—13 defeat in the Gator Bowl at the hands of No. It also became the first public college in West Virginia to be accredited by North Central.

Inthe name was changed to West Virginia State College. Benefiting from the presence of the Wertz Field airport adjacent to campus, the program supplied a number of black pilots to the U. Several college aviators joined the famed 99th Fighter Squadron and nd Fighter Group the Tuskegee Airmen that served with distinction in the European Theater.

Infollowing the Brown v. Board of Education to desegregate public education, the college transformed from an all-black college with a primarily residential population to a predominantly commuter school with mostly white students. Nearly white students applied for admission.

ByAfrican-Americans represented but 20 percent of the total student population. This unique case of "reverse integration" garnered national attention and President Wallace hailed it as "a tribute to the character and courage of the people of Kanawha Valley.

The West Virginia Board of Education voted to end state funding needed to match federal land-grant aid to West Virginia State, the only land-grant institution to ever lose such funding. Although land-grant university funding is governed by federal laws, the federal aid is conditioned upon matching state funds.

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Under the leadership of President Hazo W. The first step toward regaining the status came when Gov. Gaston Caperton signed a bill on Feb. With the assistance from West Virginia's U.

Byrdthe U. Congress fully restored land-grant status in West Virginia State's birthright was restored and is recognized as an land-grant institution with recognition at the Federal level along with funding to carry out the mission of teaching, research, and public service. Inthe legislature fully separated the community and technical college.

However, both schools continued to share the same campus. Hemphill, the university set a goal to become the most student-centered research and teaching, land-grant university in West Virginia. Jenkins is the eleventh president of West Virginia State University; he assumed presidency on July 1, While president at West Virginia State, "Hemphill [oversaw] enrollment growth, expansion of academic programs and construction of several buildings on campus.

He also helped improved retention and graduation rates. James Edwin Campbell —94John H. Davis —53William J. Wallace —73Harold M. McNeill —81Thomas W. Several buildings on campus are named after them: Following Campbell was John H.

Hill, who was a lawyer, teacher, administrator, and soldier, who oversaw the university's first commencement. He resigned to fight in the Spanish—American War and later returned as an instructor. James McHenry Jones was responsible for adding a "normal" department.

He is buried on campus. Before becoming the fourth president, Byrd Prillerman was a faculty member and one of the people who were responsible for having the school located in the Kanawha Valley.

During his tenure, academic programs were expanded and the institution was renamed the West Virginia Collegiate Institute. John Warren Davis focused on recruiting the best black faculty members he could find and developing the curriculum. He persuaded noted historian, Carter G.

Woodson, to assist him as Academic Dean.

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