MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — It has been a rollercoaster of a 2022 for Mountaineer Athletics filled with highlights on the court and the turf. It was hard to narrow it down, but here are 12 frames out of many games across the year:
11. Sophomore Justin Johnson Jr. takes advantage of his playing time with an injured Tony Mathis Jr. out, scoring a touchdown to tie the game against TCU at 21-21 right before halftime.
10. During the rival Black Diamond Trophy game versus Virginia Tech, sophomore corner Jacolby Spells wears the coal miners helmet after an interception in this year’s matchup. What a great tradition for the Mountaineers to honor the state coal mining heritage.
9. WVU’s starting running back Tony Mathis Jr. reaches for the end zone during the team’s season opener in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. WVU fans in the background cheer on their Mountaineers.
8. As a WVU alum and now sports photographer covering WVU, it was an honor to take this photo of Hall of Fame Head Coach Bob Huggins. A long overdue recognition.
7. In a tight 23-20 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners this season, wide-receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton catches a touchdown pass from quarterback JT Daniels.
6. Emmitt Matthews Jr., who returned to WVU for his fifth year of eligibility, dunks the basketball at the WVU Coliseum.
5. Undoubtedly one of the best traditions in college athletics in the singing of “Country Roads” after a game.
- WVU’s Tevin Tucker slides safely into third base against Big 12 foe, Kansas State.
3. Who doesn’t love a sunny, clear day at Milan Puskar Stadium ending in a Mountaineer win? It was one of those days in Morgantown during this toe tap touchdown by Kaden Prather.
2. Jimmy Bell Jr. elevates for the block at the rim inside the WVU Coliseum early in the 2022-23 season. This group has been very fun to photograph so far, I can’t wait until Big 12 play.
1. Mountaineers pass around and raise the Black Diamond Trophy following the dominate 33-10 win in Blacksburg, Virginia. WVU dominated the second half in this memorable matchup, which could be the last for a while being the last meeting currently scheduled between the two teams. Morgantown will be home to the trophy for the foreseeable future.