October 22, 2006

More notes from a windy night in Connecticut

EAST HARTFORD, Conn.--A torrent of rain caught West Virginia fans passing through New York City and into the Nutmeg State Friday afternoon. Wind gusts in this state were reported up to 50 mph, with 30 mph drafts coming in and around Rentschler Field. The easily drained stadium natural surface was damp at the 8 p.m. kickoff.

Yet a hearty congregation of WVU fans rooted their heroes home as the 4th-ranked Mountaineers, who are 5th-ranked in the latest BCS poll, pulled a 37-10 workmanlike victory over Connecticut.

It was the ninth straight away game victory for coach Rich Rodriguez's 7-0 overall, 2-0 defending Big East champions. They would like to make it 10 in a row on the road Don'tcha know in the Nov. 2 showdown with equally undefeated and nationally ranked Louisville.

"These are still the best fans in the world, I don't care what anybody says," said Mountaineer Sports Network color commentator Dwight Wallace on the network's radio play-by-play.

Here is why. Though Rentschler was an official sellout, many of the projected 40,000 had left the stadium by the third quarter. A number of those "announced" came to the game masquerading as empty seats.

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