1972 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

1972 West Virginia Mountaineers football
Peach Bowl, L 13–49 vs. NC State
Conference Independent
1972 record 8–4
Head coach Bobby Bowden
Home stadium Mountaineer Field

The 1972 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University in the 1972 college football season. It was the Mountaineers' 80th overall season and they competed as an independent. The team was led by head coach Bobby Bowden, in his third year, and played their home games at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. They finished the season with a record of 8–4 with a loss against NC State in the Peach Bowl.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 9 Villanova Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV W 25–6   33,500
September 16 Richmond Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 28–7   31,000
September 23 at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA W 48–10   27,000
September 30 at Stanford Stanford StadiumPalo Alto, CA L 35–41   56,000
October 7 William & Mary Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 49–34   28,000
October 14 at Temple Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA L 36–39   13,067
October 21 Tulane Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 31–19   29,500
October 28 No. 11 Penn State No. 18 Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Rivalry) L 19–28   37,000
November 4 at Pittsburgh Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl) W 38–20   40,286
November 11 VMI Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 50–24   21,000
November 18 Syracuse Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV (Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy) W 43–12   31,500
December 29 vs. NC State No. 18 Atlanta StadiumAtlanta, GA (Peach Bowl) L 13–49   52,671
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


  1. "WVU 1972 Schedule". The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
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