Countdown to kick-off: West Virginia climber’s safety, Vann Washington’s record pick, 97 yards
After the program’s second unbeaten regular season in just five years, the University of West Virginia football program had to replace key parts on both sides of the ball and, as a result, began the 1994 season 1-4, including a 31-0 hit. defending National Champions Nebraska Cornhuskers in the season opener. Then, two weeks later, the low of the lows, a 17-12 loss to Rutgers.
However, West Virginia rebounded with their second win of the season at Missouri, the first of six wins in the last seven games to reach bowl eligibility. In the midst of six wins and back, the Mountaineers cast the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 52-16.
Vann Washington jumped past Lousiana Tech quarterback Jason Martin twice for two interceptions, both coming back for touchdowns in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs, chasing their first touchdown of the first half, faced the third and the goal of the seven, the catcher sat on the goal line as Martin tried to squeeze into a double blanket, Washington read the game, walked past the pass, and he took 97 yards for a touchdown and set a Mountaineer Field record. Then, on the next drive, he complimented him with a 64-yard six pick.
Two weeks earlier, West Virginia defeated Pitt 47-41 at Old Pitt Stadium in one of the big comebacks in program history.
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