How did this compare with Rich Rodriguez’s second year of “magical improvement” at
Interestingly during Rich Rodriguez’s second year at
Tennessee-Chattanooga (decisive win by 49 points)
Cincinatti (close win by 3 points)
Coming off a disasterous 3-8 campaign in 2001, with a 4-2 record at midpoint of the 2002 season Mountaineer fans probably didn’t know what kind of team they had on their hands. With 6 games left in the regular season, Rodriguez’s Mountaineers would face three ranked foes: No. 1 ranked Miami (FL), at No. 13 Virginia Tech, and at No. 24 Pitt.
Virginia Tech (close win by 3 pts)
Pitt (close win by 7 pts)
Miami (FL) (decisive loss by 17 points)
This was how a 4-2 team finished 9-3 and landed in a Dec 28th bowl (Continental Tire Bowl). Rodriguez's 2002 Mountaineer team lost that game by 26 points to
2009 Purdue (W) = 2002
9-3. Wouldn’t that be something?