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Mountaineers, W&M to meet for 16th time

August 31, 2013
By John Wickline Upshur Bureau Chief , The Inter-Mountain

West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen said today will be the true test for players trying to earn playing time.

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"I just want to see what kids' mentalities are like and to see more than anything which guys get wide-eyed," he said. "Nothing gets guys more in position than a game does. If they remain calm, get wide-eyed or go into a shell, we're going to evaluate it all."

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Wide receivers Kevin White and Mario Alford are questionable for today's game. Offensive lineman Adam Pankey is doubtful.

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Coming into the season, WVU is 14th all-time in college football winning percentage.

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All of the Big 12 Conference's losses in 2012 were to teams that played in bowl games. The Big 12 had 90 percent of its team participate in a bowl game last season, the highest percentage ever in college football history.

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This will be the 16th meeting between William & Mary and WVU. The Mountaineers hold a 15-0-1 lead in the series, winning their last meeting 49-34 in 1972. The lone tie came in came in a 16-16 game in Williamsburg, Va., in 1967.

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West Virginia returns nine lettermen on offense, but one of those - Andrew Buie - will be red-shirted for the 2013 season. The offense has just seven returning seniors. The defense returns 21 lettermen, 15 of whom started at least one game.

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W&M coach Jimmye Laycock is in his 34th year at the school. Former Mountaineer head coach Bill Stewart served as an assistant at the school between 1981-83. Pittsburgh Steeler coach Mike Tomlin is an alumnus of the school.

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Speaking of famous coaches, Tribe defensive lineman George Beerhalter had one in his youth football days. Detroit Tigers skipper Jim Leyland, whose son Patrick was on the team, served as an associate coach.

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The Tribe has opened at home just seven times during Laycock's tenure and just twice in the last 20 years. His teams are 12-21 in opening games.

This will be only the first time in W&M since 1932 that the Tribe will play a 12-game season. That year the team finished 8-4. This season will be the first since 1968 the team will not have back-to-back home games.

 
 

 

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