Today’s BGN Memorable Moment

Today’s BGN Memorable Moment


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From now until kickoff, each day BlueGoldNews.com will bring you a WVU football play that is sure to already be ingrained in all Mountaineer fans’ minds.  A few blasts from the past to get you ready for the upcoming season!

Today’s play:

At the end of 2011, WVU’s last year in the Big East Conference, the Mountaineers found themselves fighting for a share of the league title when it traveled to Tampa to take on South Florida.  Late in the fourth quarter, West Virginia running back Dustin Garrison tied the game 27-27.  But the next kickoff was returned by USF deep into Mountaineer territory.

With 5:00 remaining in a tie ballgame, USF quarterback B.J. Daniels took the ball for the Bulls at the WVU 40-yard line.  What was about to happen to the hearts of Blue & Gold fans across the nation appeared to be inevitable.  But with 3:02 remaining, linebacker Najae Goode and the Mountaineer defense came up huge, stripping Daniels of the football and giving it back to West Virginia.

The Mountaineers drove into South Florida territory, but then found themselves in a tough forth-and-10 situation with 13 seconds on the clock. And then this happened…

West Virginia receiver Stedman Bailey made one of the best catches of his career.  After the diving grab, a hurt and tired Stedman was dragged from the ground so the Mountaineers could spike the ball and stop the clock with only three ticks of the clock left.
You know the rest of this story.  Tyler Bitancurt nailed the game-winning field goal. The next week, Cincinnati did its part in getting a win that helped elevate WVU to a spot in the BCS.  West Virginia would then make history as it rewrote the record books with a 70-33 Orange Bowl rout over the Clemson Tigers.