For those of us that don’t step out onto the field for the Mountaineers, the pain of Saturday is still there. Only a few days removed from being upset by the Oklahoma State Cowboys, I cringe a little when ESPN mentions the college football playoffs. But the game we have all been waiting on his here. The Oklahoma Sooners travel to Morgantown to take on the Mountaineers in the biggest game in recent memory. The team still has a lot to play for. Coach Holgorsen has stated in every press conference that the team’s goal is to make the Big 12 championship game and that will be up for grabs when the lights turn on Friday night. Will Grier has an opportunity to lead this team to victory and showcase just where he will land on the all time list of WVU quarterbacks. Grier vs. Murray for all the marbles.
Will Grier entered the season with all of the hype. He finished his junior season with 3,490 yards passing, 34 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. This led to his name being mentioned near the top of every Heisman list and mock draft. One of the top receiving corps in the country. Desmond Howard picking West Virginia to make the playoff. Victories in 5 straight games had many believing 2018 could be a special season. But a wet night in Aimes, Iowa left some questioning what this team and what this quarterback really was. A completely dominating performance left one of the top offenses in the country looking for answers. Some parts of the internet even wondered if he was truly the elite quarterback everyone thought. After watching the game against the cyclones a few times, I can’t pinpoint what went wrong. It can only be described as a complete collapse by everyone involved. However, one thing college football has proven is games like that can happen to anybody.
After several bounce back games that saw Grier throw for 1,042 yards and 9 touchdowns, the Oklahoma State game proved to be another challenge. The first of two powerful offenses that the Mountaineers finish the season with. He continued his string of strong performances, completing 27 of 48 for 364 yards and 2 touchdowns. As well as Grier played throughout the game and the final drive, it was the crucial 48th pass that fell incomplete in the end zone that most will remember as the Oklahoma State defense was able to keep the high powered Mountaineer offense out of the end zone.
But that game has been put in the rear view mirror. The focus moves onto Oklahoma with a shot at Texas in the Big 12 title game. The big game is what separates the good from the great (Pat White and Major Harris). White led his team to two BCS bowl victories. Major led his team to an undefeated season In 1988. Legends are made in these types of games. Grier has all the statistics in only two years of play to put his name up against any quarterback that has put on the blue and gold. Time to do it one last time.
Thank you to Will and all of the seniors for everything they’ve accomplished on and off the field. Now as Dana said before the final play of the Texas game:
LET’S GO WIN THE GAME.