Morgantown, W.Va. – Saturday’s 20-13 loss against the Oklahoma State Cowboys was the final home game of the 2019 season. It was also the final home game for 22 seniors.
Senior Day marks the end of an era for those 22 Mountaineers, suiting up at Milan Puskar for the last time, and their collegiate careers getting close to winding down. The Mountaineers and those seniors will play their finale the day after Thanksgiving in Fort Worth, Texas. The home loss versus the Cowboys canceled out any chance of a post-season for the 2019 and the Mountaineers will aim to sneak out a fifth win before the focus shifts to the off-season and 2020.
For the 22 seniors who hang up the Old Gold and Blue Friday evening in Fort Worth, it goes without saying that this season’s end, regardless of the TCU outcome, will not be the way these senior Mountaineers want to go out.
The 2019 season was full of changes, highs and lows, and undoubtedly some disappointment. One thing that has rang true throughout the season was the overwhelming positivity and belief in Head Coach Neal Brown’s mantra “Trust the Climb.” Emblazoned on t-shirts, a social media campaign, repeated over and over; the message was clear. This is year zero and the Mountaineers can only go up from here.
While this was not the way the seniors wanted their final season playing for West Virginia to go, the grace and pride these players, especially those seniors, had with each game played shows just how much of Mountaineer pride they will leave Morgantown with.
Following Saturday’s loss, head coach Neal Brown was obviously upset about the loss, especially for his seniors. Brown started his post-game conference pointing out just how much this meany for the seniors, “Proud of our guys. I hate it for our seniors. They’ve represented our program well and looking forward to the last week with them.”
Unfortunately, most of these seniors were part of a team that fell short last season, and the ceiling on their senior season will culminate without a bowl game. While the season has surely not gone how anyone had hoped, these seniors will leave a lasting impact on their younger teammates.
“I met with them yesterday, and I told them, ‘Listen, you didn’t ask for us to come in here as a staff, you didn’t ask for some of the adversity that’s hit us this year, whether it’s attrition, or being young or whatever it is,’” Brown remarked when asked on the last home game for the seniors. “‘You didn’t ask for any of that. But, to your credit, all you did was show up and do the work.’”
The Mountaineers travel to Fort Worth, Texas to take on the Texas Christian Horned Frogs for the 2019 season finale, with a 4:15 EST kickoff.