At stake seems almost certain to be a second straight trip to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, where the opponent could be an old Big East rival like Rutgers. True, that's not going to raise much excitement anywhere, but it's still a bowl game. It's an extra month of practice and yet another chance to make something out of a mediocre season.
"We're do or die,'' said Millard, who played most of the Texas game after Clint Trickett left injured (Trickett's status for Kansas is unknown).
"But the fact is we've been do or die all season because we want to win every game. But now we're in a position where we have to do it.''
The only real question, given the state of the final two opponents - their three wins have come against South Dakota, Louisiana Tech and Tulsa - might be if West Virginia has enough left in the tank to finish the job. It's not likely to be easy. Iowa State has been within a possession of winning or tying in five of its eight losses. Kansas has not been as close, but seemed to have Oklahoma on the ropes last month until the fourth quarter.
"I'm sure we have enough left,'' said tackle Curtis Feigt. "We have to. We all want to go to a bowl game.''
That would have been a task made much easier had West Virginia not found ways to lose three of the last four instead of finding ways to win them.
"This one hurts a lot,'' Feigt said. "This game probably would have guaranteed a better bowl game for us.''
Now the task is just getting to one at all.
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