Shock. Confusion. Dismay. Anger. All words that could describe the atmosphere following the shocking outcome of Saturday's game as West Virginia faced Division I FCS (formerly Division II) opponent Villanova. The #8 Mountaineers struggled down the stretch and couldn't score at the end of the game when it mattered most and lost to the Wildcats 17-14.
"Dagggummit," said new WVU head coach Bill Stewart. "I just don't know what happened out there. Pat's injury hurt us but we're playing a Division II team for goodness sake. Probably shouldn't lose those."
Senior quarterback Pat White was injured early in the second quarter while attempting a punt return and never returned to the game.
"It seemed like a good idea," White said following the game. "I'm fast and tough. I can return a punt if I want to. Who's going to tell me no? I should be fine before the East Carolina, thankfully."
The Mountaineers quickly exhausted the depth chart as starting running back Noel Devine was called out on a family emergency, backup QB Jarrett Brown went to the hospital with Pat White and the first team defense was at King Family Restaurant.
"It was Villanova. And we were hungry," said Reed Williams. "They play Division II football at Villanova. I honestly thought it was another scrimmage. You mean that really counts?"
The loss reminded many of Michigan's loss to Appalachian State last year. Which is ironic considering who is at Michigan now.
"Those things happen. They wouldn't have happened if West Virginia had given me what I had earned but, hey, I'm happy to be a Wolverine for the rest of my days," said the Coach that will not be named.
The Mountaineers had high hopes for a BCS title game coming into the season. That would seem far-fetched at this point in the season.
"Well, I guess it's back to the drawing board," Coach Stewart said in the post-game interview. "I just can't believe the defense didn't show up. Literally, they weren't there. I guess they went to King's Family Restaurant and had the buffett. I mean, it's a good buffett but there's football to play. It's pretty disappointing. I was hungry too but there was a game."
Disappointing might be putting it mildly for Mountaineer fans who paid a substantial increase in tickets to see a Mountaineer squad that is supposed to challenge for a national title.
"Are you kidding me?" said one Mountaineer fan who didn't want to be identified. "I spent my kid's college money to watch the Mountaineers and they lost to Villanova. I think I'm going to be sick."
It was an ugly scene in Morgantown on Saturday night as Mountaineer fans took to the street demanding some satisfaction. None was to be found though, so they just went home. The Mountaineers try to get back on track next Saturday as they travel to Greenville, NC to face East Carolina. Hopefully the defense makes the trip and Pat White decides to play quarterback. Only time will tell what longterm damage has been done to this one-time national contender.
This was satire. I don't want WVU to lose. They won't lose. I was just bored. (But can you imagine the absolute outpouring of disgruntled fans if they did. It would pale in comparison to what I typed...)