2003 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

The 2003 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. They were led by head coach Rich Rodriguez and played their home games at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia.

2003 West Virginia Mountaineers football
West Virginia Mountaineers logo.svg
Big East co-champion
Gator Bowl, L 7–41 vs. Maryland
ConferenceBig East Conference
2003 record8–5 (6–1 Big East)
Head coachRich Rodriguez (3rd season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorJeff Casteel (2nd season)
Base defense3–3–5
Home stadiumMountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium
(Capacity: 63,500)
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 Big East Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 5 Miami (FL) $+   6 1         11 2  
West Virginia +   6 1         8 5  
Pittsburgh   5 2         8 5  
Virginia Tech   4 3         8 5  
Boston College   3 4         8 5  
Syracuse   2 5         6 6  
Rutgers   2 5         5 7  
Temple   0 7         1 11  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

They rebounded from a 1–4 start to end the season 8–5 and captured a share of the Big East Conference Championship, the school's first since 1993. The team earned a trip to the 2004 Gator Bowl, where they lost a rematch to the rival Maryland Terrapins 41–7.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 30NoonNo. 20 Wisconsin*ESPNL 17–2460,663
September 67:00 p.m.at East CarolinaW 48–736,088
September 13NoonCincinnati*
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, West Virginia
ESPN+L 13–1551,189
September 206:05 p.m.at Maryland*L 7–3451,973
October 27:30 p.m.at No. 2 Miami (FL)ESPNL 20–2254,621
October 11NoonRutgers
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, West Virginia
ESPN+W 34–1950,896
October 227:30 p.m.No. 3 Virginia Tech
ESPNW 28–756,319
November 11:00 p.m.Central Florida* 
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, West Virginia
W 36–1842,712
November 8Noonat Boston CollegeESPN+W 35–2839,723
November 157:00 p.m.No. 16 Pittsburgh
ESPN2W 52–3167,715
November 22Noonat SyracuseESPN2W 34–2341,801
November 29NoonTemple
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, West Virginia
ESPN+W 45–2835,942
January 112:30 p.m.vs. No. 24 Maryland*No. 23NBCL 7–4178,892

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