Wrapup of WVU’s season

With football season, well except for the fans at The Ohio State and Marshall, over and basketball starting to warm up the courts on college campuses around the country, it is time to wrap up WVU’s dismal 4-8 campaign.

Here are a few tidbits to munch on as you prepare for what should be an interesting spring:

* WVU’s game with Iowa State marked the final game in the old gold and blue for 14 seniors: Tyler Anderson (LB), Will Clarke (DL), Darwin Cook (S), Trevor Demko (DL), Pat Eger (OL), Dozie Ezemma (LB), Curtis Feigt (OL), Nick Kindler (OL), Nate Majnaric (RB), William Marable (S), Ivan McCartney (WR), Doug Rigg (LB), Shaq Rowell (DL), and Charles Sims (RB).

* The Mountaineers did place 12 players on the Academic All-Big 12 Football Team. First team selections were Justin Arndt (LB), Demko, Johnathan DePalma (LS), Eger, Feigt, Kindler, Majnaric, Parkersburg South’s Michael Molinari (H/K/P) and Tyler Orlosky (OL). Second teamers included Michael Calicchio (OL), Cody Clay (WR) and Jarrod Harper (S).

* During the Holgorsen era, WVU has produced 24 games with 400 or more yards of total offense, 13 games with more than 500 yards and six games with more than 600 yards.

* Seven true freshmen saw action in 2013: Marvin Gross (LB), Darrien Howard (DL), Carlton Nash (CB), Daikiel Shorts (WR), Wendell Smallwood (RB), Jeremy Tyler (S) and Daryl Worley (CB).

* A total of 47 players gained at least one game of starting experience and 32 players saw their first action for WVU during the season. Twenty earned their first start this season as Holgorsen and his staff searched for a combination that could win games.

* West Virginia had 317,459 fans visit Milan Puskar Stadium in 2013 for an average of 53,910. WVU finished sixth in the league behind Texas (98,976), Oklahoma (84,722), OSU (59,247), Texas Tech 957,933) and Iowa State (55,361).

* Charles Sims was WVU’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Noel Devine finished with 1,465 yards in 2009. His 1,095 yards on 208 carries ranked Sims No. 3 in the Big 12 Conference and No. 32 nationally.

* The Mountaineers were No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 9 nationally in turnovers gained. WVU forced 18 fumbles, recovering 16, and 12 interceptions.

* WVU’s defense finished dead last (No. 10) in the Big 12 Conference in pass defense (263.3 ypg), and next to last in scoring defense (33.3 ppg), and total defense (455.0 ypg) and No. 8 in rushing defense (191.7 ypg).

* The defense also ranked next to last in sacks with 16 on the season while the offense surrendered 28-good for No. 7 in the Big 12.

* In the end, however, the only numbers that mean anything to Mountaineer fans make up the team’s final record. And, few, if any, are satisfied with a 4-8 overall mark and a 2-7 showing in the Big 12 that included season-ending losses to Kansas and Iowa State.

Contact Jim Butta at jbutta@newsandsentinel.com