The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

November 5, 2013

WVU looking for night magic

West Virginia football fans have been begging all season long for a night game, and, after a string of noon home starts, they’ll finally get one Saturday when Texas (6-2, 5-0 Big 12) visits Milan Puskar Stadium for a 7 p.m. start. The game will air live on FOX television.

The Longhorns are currently on a five-game winning streak that has included a win over No. 12 Oklahoma and perhaps helped head coach Mack Brown hang onto his job a little longer. WVU (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) has won just twice in its last six games and hasn’t won two straight all year. But they’ve played their best football at home — including a 30-21 upset of No. 11 Oklahoma State — and are confident that the start time will bring a little magic.

WVU is 17-6 in home night games since 2002, including a 28-7 win over No. 3 Virginia Tech and a 51-31 thrashing of No. 16 Pitt in 2003, a 41-39 overtime win over No. 13 Rutgers in 2006 and a 19-6 win over No. 8 Pitt in 2009.

“This is a different atmosphere,” said senior defensive lineman Shaq Rowell. “I played a night game in Texas last year and Oklahoma this year. Those guys are going to have to come in hear and witness how Morgantown is at night. Its’s going to be something special.”

“It’s going to be fun,” said head coach Dana Holgorsen, who experienced the night magic when WVU held on to beat Pitt 21-20 in 2011, his first season. “I think everyone knows that, and it will be a good time. We know that, and our guys will not need extra motivation this week. Like we did last week, we will try to get better and show improvement.”

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