November 17, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Jordan Thompson (10) is tackled after a pass reception by Oklahoma Sooners defensive backs Tony Jefferson (1) and Julian Wilson (2) during the third quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Oklahoma Sooners won 50-49.Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Update: Putting WVU’s Losing Streak in Historical Context


Ten days ago, we took a look at how the then 4-game losing streak stacked in the grand scheme of the 120 seasons of Mountaineer football. You can review the article here.

Now that the Mountaineers have narrowly lost to one of the best teams in the nation, Oklahoma, the Mountaineers are currently sitting on a 5-game losing streak. This kind of losing streak is, needless to say, very alien to a West Virginia program that has enjoyed a strong winning tradition.

To show just how rare this kind of losing streak is in Mountaineers history, let’s take a look at the updated numbers:

  • 81: Number of seasons in which the Mountaineers have lost fewer than 5 games
  • 5: The number of seasons in which the Mountaineers have had a 5-game or longer losing streak (Those seasons include 2012, 1986, 1978, 1959, and 1950)
  • 26: The number of years since WVU has last seen a 5-game losing streak (1986 season)
  • 3: The number of seasons in which West Virginia has made a bowl game with 5 or more losses in the regular season (2000, 1994, and 1987)
  • 1: The number of seasons in which the Mountaineers won a bowl game after losing 5 or more regular season games ( 2000 Music City Bowl)
  • 0: The number of seasons in which the Mountaineers have had a 5-game losing streak and also made a bowl game

Once again, these are some sobering facts, especially considering that this is only the 5th time in WVU football history that the team has suffered from a 5-game (or longer) losing streak. The Mountaineers have just two opportunities left on the 2012 schedule to make a bowl appearance.

They will take their shot at locking down a bowl bid this Black Friday against Iowa State in Ames, IA.

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