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Can 2023 Mountaineers Join Long List of WVU Teams to Enact Revenge?



WVU Football and Texas Tech

There’s no denying history is on the side of Texas Tech when WVU takes on the Red Raiders this Saturday. But how much does the history of a matchup impact a game?

Some will always stick to what’s been going on recently between the two teams when picking a game while others will say nothing from the past matters if the roster are different.

Line Keeps Leaning on History, Favoring Texas Tech Over WVU Football

But regardless of anyone’s opinion, there’s actually some history that favors West Virginia shaking off the cobwebs and Neal Brown getting the Texas Tech monkey off his back. The last time a WVU team beat Texas Tech was 2018, meaning Brown’s entire tenure has been winless against the Red Raiders, both in Lubbock or even at home in Morgantown.

Every streak, good or bad, comes to an end eventually. West Virginia also has a long history of being able to respond well the next time they faced a team that dominated the prior matchup.

WVU football sideline reporter Jed Drenning did some research to show each instance the Mountaineers got revenge on an opponent a year after losing by 30 or more points. This has even been accomplished under Brown.

The most recent example occurred in 2021 when WVU beat Iowa State 38-31 just one season removed from getting blown out 42-6. Before Brown, West Virginia took down TCU 36-10 in 2016 after the Horned Frogs won 40-10, defeated Baylor 41-27 following a 73-42 shootout loss as other revenge games from recent memory.

The full list is in the post below. The first time a WVU team did this was way back in 1928.

However, none of those past matchups involved these current rosters. Time will now tell if the 2023 Mountaineers can continue to prove their critics wrong and change the course of history as well.

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