The Mountaineers and their interim head coach, Bill Stewart, never lost focus.
In one of the biggest games in their school?s history, all the stars of the BCS
#9 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers shown bright in beating BCS #4
ranked Oklahoma Sooners 48-28 in the 2008 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The
Mountaineers rallied behind their proud leader, Coach Stewart, and after the
game publicly lobbied for him to be their next head coach. West Virginia
responded promptly, naming him as head coach the day after their
emotional Fiesta Bowl victory.
West Virginia played 60 minutes of inspired football, and was forced to
overcome the loss of their star tailback, Steve Slaton, to a first quarter leg
injury. The Mountaineers explosive offense answered, scoring 28 second half
points on just 12 plays, led by their rushing attack. Racing for 349 yards and
three touchdowns, West Virginia ran at will against an Oklahoma defense
which had allowed an average of less than 92 rushing yards a game.
Quarterback Pat White led the charge with 327 total yards, two
touchdowns, and 151 yards rushing in earning top offensive MVP honors.
Noel Devine, filling in for the injured Slaton, turned in a gutsy performance
with 108 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. The stifling Mountaineer
defense held the high powered Sooner offense well below their season
average of 43 points per game.
The official 2008 FOX Sports/BCS Tostitos Fiesta Bowl DVD includes the
commercial-free game as well as special bonus features not available
anywhere else. This is a must have for any Mountaineer fan?s collection!