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1900 -- WVU began the 20th century with a win over (it doesn't get any sweeter than this) Pitt. The Mountaineers, under the guidance of new coach John E. Hill, won the season-opener, 6-5.

1903 -- WVU posted its best record to date (7-1), but much like future Mountaineer coaches, H.E. Trout couldn't lead his squad to a win over Ohio State. WVU lost, 34-6, to the Buckeyes.

1904 -- The Mountaineers suffered the worst beating in school history, losing 130-0 to Michigan, which was coached by Fairview native and WVU graduate Fielding Harris "Hurry Up" Yost. To make matters worse, WVU also was shut out by Pitt (53-0) and Penn State (34-0).

1905 -- Kentucky wanted to cancel a scheduled game with the Mountaineers. But WVU's new coach, Carl Forkum, wanted the game to be played. So, he dispatched WVU's manager, John Pritchard, to Huntington to impound UK's equipment to force the 'Cats to honor the contract. WVU won the game 45-0.

1906 -- WVU lost to Marietta, 4-2. Historians failed to note if it were in extra innings.

1907 --WVU beat the Parkersburg YMCA, 55-0. And, believe it or not, lost to Marietta again, 4-2.

1911 -- This was the first meeting between WVU and Marshall. The Mountaineers won, 17-15. Later that season, WVU lost to Denison, 5-3.

1912 -- WVU lost to an in-state opponent for the very first time. West Virginia Wesleyan, led by future Mountaineer greats Harry Stansbury and Earle "Greasy'' Neale, handed WVU a 19-14 loss.

1913 -- When WVU lost to Wesleyan for the second straight season, 21-0, outraged alumni called for the hiring of a nationally known coach. There's no confirmation of whether the coach under fire, E.R. Sweetland, was any kin to Bobby Bowden.

1915 -- WVU coach Sol Metzger, who also wrote a nationally syndicated sports column, led the Mountaineers to a lopsided 92-6 win over Marshall. It also was the first time that "Hail West Virginia'' was sung.

1918 -- No football due to influenza and World War I.

1921 -- WVU played its first homecoming game, losing to Washington & Jefferson, 13-0.

1922-- Coach Clarence "Doc'' Spears led WVU to the only unbeaten season in school history, 10-0-1, and the first-ever Mountaineer bowl victory. WVU defeated Gonzaga, 21-13, on Christmas Day in San Diego, Calif.

1923 -- WVU beat Marshall, 81-0.

1924 -- Old Mountaineer Field, which was new then, opened.

1930 -- This season was for all the marbles. WVU beat the Kansas Aggies, 23-7, but later lost to the Oregon Aggies, 12-0.

1936 --Coach Charles "Trusty'' Tallman resigned to become superintendent of the West Virginia State Police.

1937 -- New Coach Marshall "Little Sleepy'' Glenn led WVU to a shocking 7-6 win over Texas Tech in the Sun Bowl. Glenn also introduced the I-formation offense to Mountaineer football.

1938 -- Alma mater sung for the first time.

1943 -- Coach Bill Kern interrupted his career to serve in World War II. After being replaced by Ira Rodgers for three seasons, Kern resumed his coaching duties in 1946.

1948-- WVU returned to the Sun Bowl, beating Texas Western, 21-12. New coach Dudley DeGroot utilized the platoon system for the first time.

1950 -- Art "Pappy'' Lewis began his historic 10-year reign as WVU head coach. Also, WVU joined the Southern Conference.

1952 -- A 39-21 win over Virginia Military Institute began a 30-game Southern Conference winning streak for WVU.

1953 -- The most infamous loss in WVU history came in the Sugar Bowl, as the favored Mountaineers were stunned, 42-19, by Georgia Tech.

1959 -- WVU lost at Southern Cal, 36-0, in Pappy Lewis' last season as coach.

1960 -- WVU compiled a winless 0-8-2 record under new coach Gene Corum.

1964 -- The Mountaineers played their first indoor game ever, losing to Utah, 32-6, in the Liberty Bowl at Atlantic City, N.J.

1966 -- Jim Carlen took over as head coach.

1968 -- WVU withdrew from the Southern Conference.

1969 -- WVU compiled a 10-1 record, including a 14-3 win over South Carolina in the Peach Bowl.

1970 -- Bobby Bowden replaced Carlen as head coach.

1972 -- WVU lost to North Carolina State, 49-13, in the Peach Bowl.

1975 -- WVU and Bowden got even with the Wolfpack, beating N.C. State, 13-10, in the Peach Bowl.

1976 -- Bowden accepted the Florida State coaching job and was replaced by Frank Cignetti.

1978 -- WVU stumbled to a 2-9 record and controversy swirled over Cignetti's handling of highly regarded running back Robert Alexander.

1980 -- WVU fired Cignetti and replaced him with Don Nehlen. Also, new Mountaineer Field opened.

1981 -- WVU upset Florida, 26-6, in the Peach Bowl, thanks, in part, to some inflammatory columns written by Florida sportswriter Larry Guest.

1982 -- WVU stunned perennial power Oklahoma, beating the Sooners, 41-27, in Norman. An unknown quarterback by the name of Jeff Hostetler led the Mountaineers.

1983 -- WVU beat Kentucky, 20-16, in a cold, rainy Hall of Fame Bowl.

1987 -- WVU lost a highly entertaining Sun Bowl game to Oklahoma State, 35-33. The Cowboys were led by a couple of running backs you might have heard of. Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders.

1988 -- WVU compiled the first unbeaten and untied regular season in school history, finishing 11-0. The Mountaineers then lost a bid for the national championship by falling to Notre Dame, 34-21, in the Fiesta Bowl.

1989 -- Star quarterback and Heisman finalist Major Harris entered the NFL Draft after his junior year.

1991 -- WVU joined the Big East football conference. The Mountaineers also celebrated 100 years of football.

1993 -- WVU again posted an 11-0 regular-season record, winning its first Big East title. The Mountaineers then lost to Florida, 41-7, in the Sugar Bowl.

1997 -- WVU resumed its series with Marshall, beating the Thundering Herd, 42-31.

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