The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 6, 2012

Is tonight's WVU vs. Texas matchup the Mountaineer's biggest game ever?

WEB EXCLUSIVE: "A View From the Sidelines"

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AUSTIN, TX —

As a writer who follows the Mountaineers, I see and hear enough of Holgorsen on a day-to-day basis, but I couldn't avoid him this week. Whether it was on ESPN Radio's Scott Van Pelt Show on my way to work, College Football Live on the television set or SportsCenter over a bowl of cereal, Holgorsen, Geno Smith and the "flying WV" were popping up everywhere.

And the talk, for the first time in my memory, was not about the Mountaineers being a "BCS buster" or a "hidden gem in the mountains." They were being mentioned in the same breath as Texas, and nobody blinked an eye.

A year after wondering if WVU could survive in the Big East with the leftovers like Rutgers and Connecticut and some newcomers like Houston and SMU, Mountaineer fans are tracking the Heisman Trophy race, buying up Big 12 merchandise faster than $1 beachfront hotel rooms and walking with a little swagger.

WVU will play in front of more than 100,000 fans for the first time in school history today, and it's surely the first of many.

Enjoy it Mountaineer fans. That alone is a huge victory for WVU athletic director Oliver Luck and company, and one it should take time to celebrate — with or without a flaming couch.

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