Yes, LSU was in there, but also South Florida, Syracuse and Connecticut. WVU scored 24 and had to go to overtime to defeat a Marshall team that entered Saturday's game 1-6 and 0-3 in Conference USA play.
The Mountaineers did gain 414 yards of offense against UConn. Stewart went into the game saying his team would turn up the tempo, run Smith and use the option. And, to some degree, he did. Once again, though, the opposition adjusted. Once again, WVU did not. After a 10-point first quarter Friday, the Mountaineers scored three points in the second, third, fourth and overtime periods.
Against Syracuse, there were no Mountaineer points scored in the final three quarters.
Certainly offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen's head is on the chopping block. Same with offensive line coach Dave Johnson.
But that was the case before the loss to Connecticut. Now the focus is squarely on Stewart. He's taken a program that finished fifth, 10th and sixth nationally in the seasons before he took over and has steered it into last place within the Big East, undoubtedly the worst BCS conference this season and, it's been argued, ever.
After three consecutive 11-win seasons, WVU went 9-4 twice under Stewart and now sits at 5-3. The coach had that magical moment when the Mountaineers won the Fiesta Bowl over Oklahoma at the end of the 2007 season. That, however, was in the midst of the Rodriguez departure. Calvin Magee was around to help. Since then, when Stewart has had success, it's been followed by disappointment.
In 2008, following the Fiesta Bowl victory, WVU fell in an ugly way to a Colorado program in disarray. After that same Mountaineer team defeated Auburn, it lost to Cincinnati and Pitt.
In 2009, West Virginia was again coming off a bowl win (over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl), but then lost to Auburn, South Florida and Cincinnati. The Mountaineers stood up and defeated Pitt in Morgantown. Then they fell down in the Gator Bowl against a poor Florida State team.
Which brings us to today. West Virginia has now dropped back-to-back games for the first time since the second and third weeks of the 2008 season.
Can the Mountaineers rally? Yes. They can win out. They can post another bowl victory, although, more than likely, not of the BCS variety.
Normally, that would be enough to save a coach. And it very well may. But a new athletic director, Oliver Luck, is in the house. (When reached on Saturday for comment on the football program, Luck said the following: "I'm not going to answer any questions.") New ADs typically like to hire their own men as head football and basketball coaches.
Stewart has opened that door for Luck to replace him. The team is down. The fan base is up in arms. There are NCAA allegations of the major variety hanging over the program. Recruiting is down. Also, Stewart's contract says if the NCAA violations stick, his contract can be terminated "without further obligation."
The coach is at that doorstep. Yes, Stewart's record is fine. But college football isn't strictly about records. It's about support. Will the fans turn out for WVU's last couple of games? Will they buy season tickets next year? Those are some of the issues Luck will have to address.
See, Luck and his athletic department have to have something to put on the cover of next season's media guide. Something appealing to sell to the fans.
Today, anyway, it appears they aren't buying Stewart.