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Duvall Smith is part of a Georgia State running game averaging only 2.4 yards per carry.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — We’ve dusted off media guides, Googled till our fingers turned sore and conversed across offices and cubicles … all in an effort to answer this week’s burning question:

Is Georgia State the worst opponent WVU has faced in the last 30 years?

The Panthers (0-2) have lost two games rather handily to Samford and UT-Chattanooga this season, making them 1-14 in their last 15 games against FCS teams. Oh yeah—two offensive line starters left the team this week, and an assistant coach was reassigned. (Even West Virginia safety Darwin Cook struggled to be diplomatic this week when asked about GSU’s strengths, finally replying, “Their uniforms are cool.”)

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Ronnie Bell has thrown for three TDs and two interceptions this season, but Georgia State has been outscored 73-35.

This is a rock-bottom program, no doubt, but can it really be the puniest to line up against WVU in the past three decades? To assist, we narrowed down the chronological list of previous patsies:

1983: WVU defeated Pacific 48-7. The I-AA Panthers were bad—3-9 bad—but they beat Oregon, so no way they’re the worst.

1983: WVU defeated Ohio 55-3. The Bobcats finished 4-7, beating teams that were a combined 9-35. Georgia State would gladly take four wins this season against anybody. 1983 Ohio, you’re safe.

1988: WVU defeated Cal Fullerton 45-10. That Titans team went 5-6 and featured future CFL legend Mike Pringle, so even though the program disbanded four years later, we’re inclined to

1988: WVU defeated Bowling Green 62-14. How offensively challenged were the Falcons on their way to a 2-8-1 record? Quarterback Rich Dackin had a 0-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

1993: WVU defeated Eastern Michigan 48-6. Those Eagles were 4-7 yet Louisville saw enough promise in coach Ron Cooper to hire him two years later. EMU gets immunity.

1995: WVU defeated Kent State 45-6. The Golden Flashes (1-9-1) ranked 107th out of 108 Division I-A teams in scoring offense and 98th in points allowed. POSSIBLE WORST-TEAM CONTENDER.

1997: WVU defeated Rutgers 48-0. Don’t think a major-college team belongs in this discussion? Well these Knights were 0-11 and posted the second-worst scoring margin in I-A. Ask JaJuan Seider how bad they were—he saw mop-up duty behind Marc Bulger.

2002: WVU defeated UT-Chattanooga 56-7. Pathetic team. Brought in UCLA transfer Ryan McCann and still lost its first nine games. Coach was fired at season’s end. Meets all the criteria for POSSIBLE WORST-TEAM CONTENDER.

2006: WVU defeated Eastern Washington 52-3. The Eagles went 3-8 in a down season sandwiched between FCS playoff berths.

2010: WVU defeated Coastal Carolina 31-0. The Chanticleers were only 6-6 but won the Big South and reached the FCS playoffs. Wethinks they would handle Georgia State by two touchdowns.

2011: WVU defeated Norfolk State 55-12. The Spartans won nine games, advanced to the FCS playoffs and actually led West Virginia 12-10 at half. Norfolk State wouldn’t have the same second-half meltdown against GSU.

2012: WVU defeated Kansas 59-10. Don’t think a conference rival belongs on this list? See Rutgers circa 1997. And remember the Jayhawks (1-11) earned their lone win, barely, against an FCS team and managed to go an entire season without a wide receiver catching a touchdown.

As always, we welcome your recollections on the blowouts of yesteryear.


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  • D.P.

    GregG - I LOVE YOUR POST!!!!!

  • CLL

    Wethinks they would handle Georgia State by two touchdowns. hahahaha

  • Jt

    And the point is what? Another attack on Luck by the Wvrc minions?

    • Billy

      Kool-Aid Kool-Aid, so sweet, you drink the Holgy-Luck brand and now can't on your own think.

  • Billy

    Jeff Hostetler for AD.
    Jeff Hostetler for Head Coach.

    • Harleymick

      OK, Jeff. When did you start going by Billy?

  • Harleymick

    I say it's a very useful game to give a large number of guys playing time. Trickett should play a half and Childress a half.

    Even if the competition is weak, you can still evaluate video of some of your scout team and other players that normally would never see the field.

    Besides, 3rd, 4th and 5th string players deserve a chance to participate when these opportunities arise. Their families would like to see them play too.

    I don't think a single 1st string player should participate in the 2nd half. This game could benefit the team if done properly.

    • Magic Mike

      I say play Tricket the whole game see what he has.

  • Big O

    William.....Marshall troll......

  • Charleston,WV

    What about Temple?

  • Lo boy

    What a waste of a Saturday!!!!

  • Jeffrey

    2002 UT Chatanooga was the first team that popped into my head.

  • Sheikh yo bonbon

    I don't think we will take them lightly by any means!!
    The offense will come out hungry especially with the QBs battling out for the starting job as well as the recievers trying to solidify their starting spots. I would also expect Imac to redeem himself this saturday.

    Defense looks good this yr. Boy, last week there was some hard hitting and soild tackling. It's been a while since we've seen the D shut out someone, let's hope for that.

    Let's gooo

  • Goose

    Can I give a vote to Rutgers in 2001. A WVU team that won 3 games scored 80 on them.

  • Charlie

    How about when WVU put 80 on Rutgers in 2001?

    • Allan Taylor

      Excellent write-in game, indeed. That Rutgers team did win two games, so it might not be as deplorable as the winless version.

  • steve

    I live in Atlanta and my daughter is a GSU grad. Believe me when I say This is the WORST team my beloved 'EER"S will ever face. I pray we don't take them lightly because I will never be able to live it down here. I may have to leave Atlanta. Put your heal on their throats and pound them in the ground!!!!!

  • Larry

    Let's not forget about all the times they've played Marshall.

  • Shawn

    I dont think GSU has a chance of beating WVU but these types of articles mixed with players not taking every game serious can have major consequences. Why give any opponent a reason to come out guns blazing? Why not take every game the same? Thats why teams like Baylor and Texas Tech beat these teams 70-3. They take it serious and never take there foot off the gas pedal until the clock hits 00:00.

    • Dougie

      I agree with Shawn. If we don't win by 60 now, it will be considered a bad game. It may be the absolute truth, but I don't think it helps the team any... Remember the line with W&M was 33 and we all know how that one went. If we are playing new qb's and second and third stringers, this one might stay just as close.

      • RP

        If you start a second or third stringer, by definition they are first stringers. Players move up and down the depth chart on all teams, based on performance and attitude.

    • William

      WVU has played nothing but weak teams the last 30 years! PLAYED IN THE BIG EASY AND SCHEDULED CUP-CAKE NON CONF. GAMES Its been cupcake city for 30 years! BUT WAKE WVU FANS LOVE TO BEAT WEAK TEAMS THEN SAY HOW GREAT THEY ARE.

      • Dennis

        Like Marshall???

      • Magic Mike

        I do remember WVU playing LSU. Were they a weak team?

        • Shadow

          LSU needs cupcakes allso.

      • DonaldH

        yep, and the weakest link in that 30 year chain is when WVU played Marshal, how many times is forgetful!!

      • GregG

        William, I think it is time for you to put on your Marshall pajamas, snuggle up with your little stuff Marco and have sweet dreams about Randy Moss being your make believe Daddy.

    • William

      It's very sad that WVU must play teams like Georgia State and William & Mary, this is the only way they have a chance of a winning season. BUT WAIT, WVU FANS EAT IT UP WHEN THEY PLAY CUP-CAKE NON. CONF TEAMS AND RUN UP THE STATS, SCORE, THEN SAY HOW GREAT THEY ARE.

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      • Charles

        If say William is an idiot. 3 of those teams above played against nehlen's 88 undefeated team. Hmmmmmm..... What now william??

      • Bryan

        Hey William if that's our excuse what's Alabama's for playing them this year?

        • Justin

          I'd say 3 national titles in four years.

    • Allan Taylor

      @Shawn: Cook wasn't taking GSU lightly. Sometimes it's simply hard to point out positives about an opponent that's in the dumps.

      • William

        For many years, WVU had coaches with CLASS and GREAT CHARACTER that would never run up the score! We will see what happens against Georgia State
        WVU might score 100 points!

        • Grant

          WVU's offense obviously needs practice, so you play your starters a minimum of the first half, while running your complete offense regardless of the score. In the second half, you run your offense with your reserves. That isn't running up the score.

        • Sosick O'William

          Wet Willie, We can only wish that you had just a modicum of class.