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WVU not going to back down despite underdog role

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–For the West Virginia football team, this season is one of transition and one of rebuilding.

In Neal Brown’s inaugural season, no one expects championships or even nine wins. For some, expectations have already been exceeded.

However, the Mountaineers aren’t going to settle for what they have accomplished so far or lay down because of trying times.

Despite dropping back-to-back games to Texas and Iowa State, WVU is heading to Norman ready to give Oklahoma all they have.

“I think we’re the second highest underdog that has been in program history I think I saw that on Twitter,” redshirt senior offensive lineman Colton McKivitz said. “You can look at it in a couple ways. You can go in thinking you’re going to lose no matter what. Really the thing about college football is anybody can beat anybody. I’m not saying it’s going to happen but we’re definitely going to play like there is an opportunity for that. If you don’t go into every game thinking that there is a way to win a game then you shouldn’t be playing the sport. So I think it’s a great opportunity for us to show what we are made of and what some of our younger guys are made of to play in a venue like that and a good team like Oklahoma.”

The Mountaineers are a 33.5-point underdog to the Sooners. However, that isn’t going to discourage WVU from giving it its all.

The players know the program is heading in the right direction.

“We’re just trusting Coach Brown’s ‘Trust the Climb,'” junior defensive lineman Darius Stills said. “It’s year one. It’s always one of the hardest years. We just got to buy into the system and buy into what Coach Brown, Coach (Jordan) Lesley and Coach Vic(Koenning) are presenting us and we will be good. You just got to be patient.”

While being 3-3, the Mountaineers have exceeded the expectations of many with plenty of season remaining but they are grinding for more.

“We as a team have accomplished more than people were going to give us credit for,” Stills said. “We’re in a step in the right direction. We just got to go back to the drawing board and go back to square one and just keep on going, keep on pushing.”

Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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