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2016 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

The 2016 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Mountaineers played as members of the Big 12 Conference (Big 12) and were led by head coach Dana Holgorsen, in his sixth year. West Virginia played its home games at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia. 2016 was the 125th season of West Virginia football. They finished the season 10–3, 7–2 in Big 12 play to finished in a tie for second place. They received an invitation to the Russell Athletic Bowl where they lost to Miami.[1]

2016 West Virginia Mountaineers football
West Virginia Mountaineers logo.svg
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 17
APNo. 18
2016 record10–3 (7–2 Big 12)
Head coachDana Holgorsen (6th season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorTony Gibson (3rd as coordinator, 10th overall season)
Base defense3–3–5
Home stadiumMountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium (60,000)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 5 Oklahoma $   9 0         11 2  
No. 11 Oklahoma State   7 2         10 3  
No. 18 West Virginia   7 2         10 3  
Kansas State   6 3         9 4  
TCU   4 5         6 7  
Baylor   3 6         7 6  
Texas   3 6         5 7  
Texas Tech   3 6         5 7  
Iowa State   2 7         3 9  
Kansas   1 8         2 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

West Virginia announced its 2016 football schedule on November 24, 2015. The 2016 schedule consists of 7 home, 4 away, and 1 neutral site game in the regular season. The Mountaineers will host Big 12 foes Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, and TCU, and will travel to Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Texas, and Texas Tech.[2]

The team will play three non–conference games, two home games against the Missouri Tigers from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Youngstown State Penguins from the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and one neutral site game which is against the BYU Cougars at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 312:00 p.m.Missouri*FS1W 26–1160,125
September 102:00 p.m.No. 20 (FCS) Youngstown State*
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
RTPTW 38–2156,261
September 243:30 p.m.vs. BYU*ESPN2W 35–3238,207
October 13:30 p.m.Kansas State 
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
ESPNUW 17–1661,701
October 1512:00 p.m.at Texas TechNo. 20FS1W 48–1754,111
October 223:30 p.m.TCUNo. 12
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
ABCW 34–1061,780
October 2912:00 p.m.at Oklahoma StateNo. 10FOXL 20–3759,584
November 57:00 p.m.KansasNo. 14
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
ESPN2W 48–2156,343
November 1212:00 p.m.at TexasNo. 11FS1W 24–2096,367
November 198:00 p.m.No. 8 OklahomaNo. 10
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
ABCL 28–5657,645
November 263:30 p.m.at Iowa StateNo. 19FS1W 49–1951,365
December 33:30 p.m.BaylorNo. 14
  • Mountaineer Field
  • Morgantown, WV
FS1W 24–2149,229
December 285:30 p.m.vs. Miami (FL)*No. 14ESPNL 14–3148,625
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[3]

Game summariesEdit

MissouriEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 3 0 8 11
Mountaineers 10 3 10 3 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 1998 MIZZOU, 34–31

Youngstown StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 (FCS) Penguins 0 14 0 7 21
Mountaineers 7 7 17 7 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1938 WVU, 27–6

vs. BYUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 6 6 13 32
Mountaineers 7 14 7 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Kansas StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 6 3 0 16
Mountaineers 0 0 3 14 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–5 2015 KSU, 24–23

at Texas TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Mountaineers 10 14 3 21 48
Red Raiders 7 0 3 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 2015 WVU, 31–26

TCUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Horned Frogs 3 7 0 0 10
#12 Mountaineers 14 7 10 3 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 2015 TCU, 40–10

at Oklahoma StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Mountaineers 3 7 0 10 20
Cowboys 6 14 7 10 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–3 2015 OSU, 33–26

KansasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 0 0 14 7 21
#14 Mountaineers 10 21 14 3 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 2015 WVU, 49–0

at TexasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Mountaineers 10 7 7 0 24
Longhorns 3 10 7 0 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 2015 WVU, 38–20

OklahomaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Sooners 21 13 7 15 56
#10 Mountaineers 0 7 7 14 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–6 2015 OU, 44–24

at Iowa StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Mountaineers 14 7 14 14 49
Cyclones 13 3 3 0 19
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 2015 WVU, 30–6

BaylorEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 14 0 7 21
#14 Mountaineers 3 7 7 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2015 BAY, 62–38

Miami (FL) – Russell Athletic BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Mountaineers 7 0 7 0 14
Hurricanes 0 21 10 0 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–16 2003 MIAMI, 22–20

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR RV NR NR RV 22 20 12 10 14 11 10 19 14 14 18 
Coaches NR RV RV RV RV 20 18 13 9 15 10 9 17 13 12 17 
CFP Not released 16 14 18 16 16 Not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "West Virginia vs. Miami - Game Recap - December 28, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  2. ^ "2016 Football Schedule Released" (Press release). University of West Virginia Department of Athletics. July 11, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  3. ^ "2016 West Virginia Mountaineers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved December 22, 2015.