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WVU HC Neal Brown on Atmosphere at Backyard Brawl: ‘Players Fed Off That’



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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU head coach Neal Brown knew how big of a game the 2023 Backyard Brawl was before kickoff, but he was able to fully put it into words after his team’s 17-6 win.

“It’s been something that’s stuck with us for 54 weeks. We had a chance, we had a lead in the fourth quarter 54 weeks ago and we did not finish. It was ugly and we can play ugly ball,” Brown said about not being able to shake the feeling of last year’s loss to Pitt.

In 2022, WVU fell to the Panthers in Pittsburgh. But this time around the Mountaineers had the benefit of being home. And Brown made sure to point out how much of an impact the fans truly had on the outcome of the game.

“We had some bad things happen to us in that football game. Playing at home in that type of atmosphere I especially thought our defensive players fed off of that,” he said to open his postgame press conference Saturday night.

Brown did follow that up by saying West Virginia needs that same energy from the fans next week and in future home games. But Brown’s hope for an electric atmosphere all week came true.

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  1. Preston man

    September 17, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    Key points for the season thus far:
    Defense Line is better and deeper than I expected and is good enough to help us compete this season against all opponents.
    Oliver straw is a very good punter and a weapon that can flip the field
    Defense secondary is starting to show some improvement. Very important that coaches keep playing up tighter and have the right players in the game. Beanie, Lathan, Ruffin, Burks McLaren, Wilson all looking better but must continue to work and improve.
    Must start utilizing skilled freshman talent at receiver. Gallagher and others need more opportunities.
    RB are solid. However I don’t understand why Jahim White did not get any playing time in Pitt game. He has earned it so play him.
    QB play and passing game is a work in progress. I truly believe that Nicco can become a high level pocket passer if given the opportunity and developed properly by the coaching staff. Nicco is the short term future of the program.
    O Line is top notch and makes us competitive every game in combo with the strong DLine.

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