Oct 10, 2015; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Skyler Howard (3) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Milan Puskar Stadium. Oklahoma State won the game 33-26. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports
Game 1: 2008 vs. Oklahoma
At first the Fiesta Bowl seemed like a party-pooper for the Mountaineers. Former head coach Rich Rodriguez had recently left the team for Michigan following the unthinkable 13-9 loss to Pitt at the end of the season. A win in that game sends WVU to a national title tilt. The loss still qualified the Mountaineers for the BCS with Oklahoma waiting.
Early indications were proved wrong as West Virginia rolled to a 48-28 win over the No. 3 Sooners.
The No. 11 Mountaineers attacked them from all corners with Pat White totaling 326 yards of total offense, himself. They ended with 525 yards of total offense as a team as five different Mountaineers scored at least one touchdown. Pat McAfee also kicked two field goals to get WVU on the board first and it didn’t look back.
With the decisive victory, interim head coach Bill Stewart was promoted to the head coaching job.