MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — His “Senior Day” at West Virginia could be one rife with regret. After all, Charles Sims left a Houston program that currently owns an 8-4 record for a Mountaineers team that is 4-7.

But Sims, much like his running style, keeps moving forward. He reiterated this week that transferring to WVU for his fifth and final college season was the right move.

“I feel good with the decision I made. I think I made the right decision,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed my time here.

“I’m just thankful to be here with these guys. It’s the last time I’m going to be out there with them.”

Sims has established a single-season career-best rushing total this year and now needs just 54 yards Saturday against Iowa State to reach 1,000.

“He’s never had it,” said West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider. “He wants it. It means a lot to him.”

Sims currently is tied for the team lead with 43 catches, a mark that tops all Big 12 running backs. His versatility has attracted NFL scouts even though it cost Sims a shot at the conference rushing crown. His 946 rushing yards trail only James Sims’ 1,028 at Kansas.

“You think about his career (at Houston)—he’s had 800 yards receiving and it’s the same thing here,” Seider said. “We spread them out so much that you don’t always take advantage of him enough in the backfield.”

The soft-spoken Sims admitted reaching the 1,000-yard mark “would mean a lot.” And particularly in a Dana Holgorsen offense, the running back said “that would be a great accomplishment.”

But coaxing much more self-lauding out of Sims is impossible. His primary aim for the season finale is beating Iowa State (2-9, 1-7) and sending the rest of the WVU seniors out on a winning note. The Mountaineers are 7.5-point favorites and need a victory (or a Kansas loss to K-State) to avoid a last-place finish in the league.

“I love these guys like my brothers,” Sims said. “We had ups-and-downs, but I enjoyed myself.”

The guess here is he’ll have another day to enjoy in a narrow win against the gritty Cyclones.

PICK: West Virginia 27-21

Ranking the weekend’s other Big 12 games:

1. TCU 30, Baylor 28: (Bears -13.5) The vitriol involved in this private-school rivalry doesn’t generate much publicity outside of Texas, but harsh feelings became harsher when Baylor was selected over TCU for the Big 12’s inception in 1994. The Bears’ national title hopes were dashed at Oklahoma State last week and they host Texas in the final game at Floyd Casey Stadium next week. That sounds like the perfect trap-game sandwich in Fort Worth, where Gary Patterson’s club is a mere eight points away from being 7-4 instead of 4-7.
2. Kansas State 27, Kansas 17: (Wildcats -17.5) Jayhawks administrators have been busy trying to find new a goal post on eBay ever since KU students tore one down after the win over West Virginia. That monumental victory ended a 27-game Big 12 losing slide, though Kansas promptly started another streak with last week’s 34-0 no-show at Iowa State.
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Comments

  • D.P.

    Charles, YOU ARE A FIRST CLASS KID & A GREAT BACK & TEAMATE!!! BEST OF LUCK IN THE PROS!!!!!

  • derek

    These kids deserve a better ending to a season. our offensive staff HC especially needs revamped. Sorry seniors will be following in the professional ranks.

  • John B

    Good luck in the Pros. We will be watching you each week.

  • Jim Moltzer

    Thanks Charles for choosing WVU! Remember that Charles came here because of coach Dana Holgorsen, I am glad that he did! Hoping that your day ... today ... is the day that no one will ever forget that you will run all over the ISU to get your first 1000 yards season and win the Big 12 rushing title! Also, you and the seniors sing Country Roads after the game! Good luck for today and for the future in the NFL!

  • Tim C

    Good luck Charles, it has been fun to watch you play. You're going to get those yards today...and then some. I wish we'd had you for four years. Good luck in the future, you will definitely be playing on Sunday next year.

  • Big Larry

    Charles Sims was a lot of fun to watch...he will be missed!

  • pghmountaineer

    Neil, wvtd, mauldawg. Great posts!

  • OKANYDAY

    Go eers, let's win this one on a good note ! Show some winning spirit and class today at Milan Puskar.

  • Neil

    Golden years are gone because God is gone. I remember, when the team prayed after each game in the middle of the field. Something to think about

    • wvtd

      GOD has not went anywhere, HE is in charge and always will be. it is the people who have went astray.

      • mauldawg

        You have that right. Because we have turned our backs on God you see the shape we are in. It will only get worse.

        • Big Larry

          mauldawg...

          For once you have said something which I agree with...

          And I cannot believe I am actually saying this but...

          ...you have spoken with great wisdom!

          • Dan

            I'm sorry, but this is just not true. We need better players, coaches, and facilities. If there is a God, I would hope he has many more important things to attend to than WVU football.

          • Jason

            Hmmmm. I wonder if Nick Saban and Urban Meyer hold practices in the basement of their churches on a regular basis?

  • tw eagle

    I wish mr sims well . . .he got his chance to play in the XII . . .almost as good as advertised . . .speedy , but not quick enough to turn a 'crowded corner' . . .fast ,but not
    elusive enough to slither through a tight crease in the line . . .multi - talented with very good hands . . .too large a body to catch , accelerate, and disappear like a puff of smoke ala Tavon . . .too small a body to be
    an every play grinder who can be counted on for those 3 needed yards . . .
    I'm glad you had fun and made some friends , I didn't enjoy this season . . .the D
    made such a turnaround , and would have
    led a WVU to a winning bowl season if the O
    hadn't been shooting blanks in almost every game . . .thanks again mr sims , for the
    MEMORIES ?

  • mtmanstan

    Thank you Charles Sims for providing some shining moments for Mountaineer Nation this year. Congrats on your accomplishments and best of luck to you at the next level. Once a Mountaineer, Always a Mountaineer!

    • jeepster

      +2 .....You are a class act,Charles! Good luck in the pros.

    • Steve

      Great post.

    • Shadow

      Plus One.