EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMOUNTAINEERS RETURN VICTORIOUS
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Mountaineer Fans And Players Return To The Mountain State After A Record-Setting Bowl Game
Reported by: Ashley Smith
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Ashley Smith
Reported: Jan. 5, 2012 5:49 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 5, 2012 5:58 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The Mountaineers brought the heat South Florida was missing as they lit up the field Wednesday night. WVU went into the game as three point underdogs and surprised the nation scoring 70 points to Clemson's 33.
“It's really strange how West Virginia always plays better when they're an underdog,” said Kevin Kinder of Charleston, “When they're put in a corner, when people doubt them, that's when they always play the best.”
Local players arrived at Charleston's Yeager airport Thursday sporting some of the first available championship gear.
Players and coaches were more than satisfied with the commanding win but perhaps the "12th man" was the most excited!
“It felt like every time I looked we were scoring again and again, it was just so exciting and it's the best game I've ever been to,” said Chelsea Hill of Belle.
“It was electric the whole time on the West Virginia side. Now Clemson on the other hand they lost their fans around the second quarter,” said WVU Alum Rod Fly.
WVU fans return to the Mountain State with a smile on their face and blue and gold clothing proudly displayed. Before the game not many experts picked the Mountaineers to come out on top.
“There was a poll and everyone in the entire country voted for us not to win except for West Virginia so it was a good feeling,” said WVU Senior Cassidy Preece.
“I told my wife it was going to be triple overtime, we were gonna win by a field goal!”
said Ken Fly of Beckley.
“They played like they were suppose to play,” said Rod Fly, “They played like their cleats were on fire!”
Fans are hoping this win will have lasting effects that will carry over into the next season.
“It's gotta help in recruiting people have gotta want to play in that offense, it's just positives all the way around,” said Kinder.
With this Orange Bowl victory and wins in the 2006 Sugar Bowl and the 2008 Fiesta Bowl, WVU has claimed a win in each BCS game except the Rose Bowl.
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