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List of West Virginia Mountaineers bowl games

Darryl Talley and Oliver Luck celebrate WVU's 1981 Peach Bowl victory

The West Virginia Mountaineers college football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing the West Virginia University in the Big 12 Conference (Big 12). Since the establishment of the team in 1891, West Virginia University has appeared in 33 bowl games.[1] Included in these games are three appearances in the Sugar Bowl, two in the Fiesta Bowl and one in the Orange Bowl.[1][2] Throughout the history of the program, eleven separate coaches have led the Mountaineers to bowl games with Don Nehlen having the most appearances (13). West Virginia's overall bowl record is 14–18.


Bowl games

List of bowl games showing bowl played in, score, date, season, opponent, stadium, location, attendance, head coach and MVP[A 1]
# Bowl Score[A 2] Date Season[A 3] Opponent[A 4] Stadium Location Attendance[3] Head coach MVP
1 San Diego East-West Christmas Classic W 21–13 December 25, 1922 1922 Gonzaga Bulldogs Balboa Stadium San Diego N/A Spears, ClarenceClarence Spears
2 Sun Bowl W 7–6 January 1, 1938 1937 Texas Tech Red Raiders Kidd Field El Paso 12,000double-dagger Glenn, MarshallMarshall Glenn
3 Sun Bowl W 21–12 January 1, 1949 1948 Texas State M&M Miners Kidd Field El Paso 13,000 DeGroot, DudleyDudley DeGroot
4 Sugar Bowl L 42–19 January 1, 1954 1953 #8 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Tulane Stadium New Orleans 76,000 Lewis, ArtArt Lewis
5 Liberty Bowl L 32–6 December 19, 1964 1964 Utah Utes Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City 6,059 Corum, GeneGene Corum
6 Peach Bowl W 14–3 December 30, 1969 1969 South Carolina Gamecocks Grant Field Atlanta 48,452double-dagger Carlen, JimJim Carlen Eddie Williams (FB)
7 Peach Bowl L 49–13 December 29, 1972 1972 NC State Wolfpack Atlanta Stadium Atlanta 52,671double-dagger Bowden, BobbyBobby Bowden
8 Peach Bowl W 13–10 December 31, 1975 1975 NC State Wolfpack Atlanta Stadium Atlanta 45,134 Bowden, BobbyBobby Bowden Ray Marshall (LB)
9 Peach Bowl W 26–6 December 31, 1981 1981 Florida Gators Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium Atlanta 37,582 Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen Mickey Walczack (RB),
Don Stemple (DB)
10 Gator Bowl L 31–12 December 30, 1982 1982 Florida State Seminoles Gator Bowl Jacksonville 80,913double-dagger Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen Woodside, PaulPaul Woodside (K)
11 Hall of Fame Classic Bowl W 20–16 December 22, 1983 1983 Kentucky Wildcats Legion Field Birmingham 42,000 Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen Hostetler, JeffJeff Hostetler (QB)
12 Bluebonnet Bowl W 31–14 December 31, 1984 1984 TCU Horned Frogs Astrodome Houston 43,260 Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen Kevin White (QB)
13 Sun Bowl L 35–33 December 25, 1987 1987 #11 Oklahoma State Cowboys Sun Bowl El Paso 43,240 Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen
14 Fiesta Bowl L 34–21 January 2, 1989 1988 #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Sun Devil Stadium Tempe 74,911double-dagger Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen
15 Gator Bowl L 27–7 December 30, 1989 1989 #14 Clemson Tigers Gator Bowl Jacksonville 82,911double-dagger Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen Fox, MikeMike Fox (LB)
16 Sugar Bowl L 41–7 January 1, 1994 1993 #8 Florida Gators Louisiana Superdome New Orleans 75,437 Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen
17 Carquest Bowl[A 5] L 24–21 January 2, 1995 1994 South Carolina Gamecocks Joe Robbie Stadium[A 6] Miami Gardens 50,833 Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen
18 Gator Bowl L 20–13 January 1, 1997 1996 #12 North Carolina Tar Heels Alltel Stadium[A 7] Jacksonville 52,103 Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen Saunders, DavidDavid Saunders (WR)
19 Carquest Bowl[A 5] L 35–30 December 29, 1997 1997 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Pro Player Stadium[A 6] Miami Gardens 28,262 Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen
20 Bowl L 34–31 December 26, 1998 1998 #23 Missouri Tigers Arizona Stadium Tucson 36,147 Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen Bulger, MarcMarc Bulger (QB)
21 Music City Bowl W 49–38 December 28, 2000 2000 Ole Miss Rebels Adelphia Coliseum Nashville 47,119 Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen Lewis, BradBrad Lewis (QB)
22 Continental Tire Bowl[A 8] L 48–22 December 28, 2002 2002 Virginia Cavaliers Ericsson Stadium[A 9] Charlotte 73,535double-dagger Rodriguez, RichRich Rodriguez
23 Gator Bowl L 41–7 January 1, 2004 2003 #23 Maryland Terrapins Alltel Stadium[A 7] Jacksonville 78,892 Rodriguez, RichRich Rodriguez Brian King (DB)
24 Gator Bowl L 30–18 January 1, 2005 2004 #17 Florida State Seminoles Alltel Stadium[A 7] Jacksonville 70,112 Rodriguez, RichRich Rodriguez Harris, Kay-JayKay-Jay Harris (RB)
25 Sugar Bowl[A 10] W 38–35 January 2, 2006 2005 #8 Georgia Bulldogs Georgia Dome Atlanta 74,458 Rodriguez, RichRich Rodriguez Slaton, SteveSteve Slaton (RB)
26 Gator Bowl W 38–35 January 1, 2007 2006 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Jacksonville Municipal Stadium[A 7] Jacksonville 67,704 Rodriguez, RichRich Rodriguez White, PatPat White (QB)
27 Fiesta Bowl W 48–28 January 2, 2008 2007 #3 Oklahoma Sooners University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale 70,016 Stewart, BillBill Stewart White, PatPat White (QB),
Reed Williams (LB)
28 Meineke Car Care Bowl[A 8] W 31–30 December 27, 2008 2008 North Carolina Tar Heels Bank of America Stadium[A 9] Charlotte 73,712dagger Stewart, BillBill Stewart White, PatPat White (QB)
29 Gator Bowl L 33–21 January 1, 2010 2009 Florida State Seminoles Jacksonville Municipal Stadium[A 7] Jacksonville 84,129dagger Stewart, BillBill Stewart Devine, NoelNoel Devine (RB)
30 Champs Sports Bowl L 23–7 December 28, 2010 2010 NC State Wolfpack Florida Citrus Bowl Orlando 48,962 Stewart, BillBill Stewart
31 Orange Bowl W 70–33 January 4, 2012 2011 #14 Clemson Tigers Sun Life Stadium[A 6] Miami Gardens 67,563 Holgorsen, DanaDana Holgorsen Smith, GenoGeno Smith (QB)
32 Pinstripe Bowl L 38–14 December 29, 2012 2012 Syracuse Orange Yankee Stadium Bronx, New York Holgorsen, DanaDana Holgorsen
33 Liberty Bowl TBD December 29, 2014 2014 Texas A&M Liberty Bowl Stadium Memphis, TN Holgorsen, DanaDana Holgorsen


  1. ^ Statistics correct as of 2011–12 NCAA football bowl games.
  2. ^ Results are sortable first by whether the result was an West Virginia win, loss or tie and then second by the margin of victory.
  3. ^ Links to the season article for the West Virginia team that competed in the bowl for that year.
  4. ^ Links to the season article for the opponent that West Virginia competed against in the bowl for that year when available or to their general page when unavailable.
  5. ^ a b The Champs Sports Bowl has been known as: the Blockbuster Bowl (1990–1993); Carquest Bowl (1994–1997); Micron PC Bowl (1998); Bowl (1999–2000); Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl (2001); Mazda Tangerine Bowl (2002–2003); Champs Sports Bowl (since 2004).[4]
  6. ^ a b c Originally called Joe Robbie Stadium, in 1996 it was renamed Pro Player Stadium after naming rights were sold, and it retained the Pro Player moniker through the 2005 season. Today it is known as Sun Life Stadium.[5][6]
  7. ^ a b c d e Originally called Alltel Stadium (1997–2006) and Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (1995–1996, 2007–2009), in 2010 it was renamed EverBank Field.[7]
  8. ^ a b The Belk Bowl has been known as: the Continental Tire Bowl (2002–2004) and the Meineke Car Care Bowl (2005–2010).[8]
  9. ^ a b Originally called Ericsson Stadium, in 2004 it was renamed Bank of America Stadium.[9]
  10. ^ The 2006 Sugar Bowl was played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta due to lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the Louisiana Superdome.[10]


  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  1. ^ a b Bowl/All-Star Game Records, p. 29
  2. ^ Bowl/All-Star Game Records, p. 31
  3. ^ Bowl/All-Star Game Records, pp. 32–38
  4. ^ Bowl/All-Star Game Records, p. 9
  5. ^ "Joe Robbie gets a name change". TimesDaily (Florence, Alabama). August 26, 1996. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ Lefton, Terry (January 18, 2010). "Dolphins sell stadium naming rights to Sun Life". South Florida Business Journal ( Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "EverBank puts name on Jags' stadium". Associated Press. July 27, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ Bowl/All-Star Game Records, p. 10
  9. ^ Spanberg, Erik (January 16, 2004). "Panthers sign BofA for stadium naming rights". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ Bowl/All-Star Game Records, p. 33
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