MORGANTOWN - The numbers don't lie, or at least these numbers don't.
In Bill Stewart's three seasons as West Virginia's football coach, his teams have played 20 games at Mountaineer Field and are 18-2.
In three neutral-site bowl games, including his stint as the interim coach in the Fiesta Bowl after the 2007 season, the Mountaineers are 2-1.
But on the road - in someone else's house and in front of someone else's crowd - West Virginia is just 5-8.
That becomes relative right now because as the Mountaineers attempt to resurrect their season and make a run at the Big East title, two of their remaining three games are on the road. It begins Saturday when West Virginia (6-3, 2-2 Big East) visits Louisville (5-5, 2-3). The noon game will be televised on WCHS.
After that comes a game a week from Friday against Pitt at Heinz Field and then the home finale on Dec. 4 with Rutgers.
West Virginia is actually 1-0 against Louisville on the road under Stewart and 1-1 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium since U of L joined the Big East. The loss was 44-34 in 2006, when both teams were unbeaten and ranked among the top five in the nation.
"It's a tough place to play,'' Stewart said. "I remember the last time we were down there it took everything we had to come out of there with a hard-fought victory. I don't expect anything less this time.''
Two years ago, West Virginia went to Louisville on the heels of a disappointing overtime loss at home against Cincinnati. That loss to the Bearcats and a 19-14 defeat at the hands of Syracuse three weeks ago stand as the only home setbacks suffered since Stewart became the head coach.
On that day in Louisville, Pat White ran for 200 yards and Noel Devine 154, leading the Mountaineers to a 35-21 win. The score was tied at 7 at the half when WVU couldn't take advantage of Devine's 79-yard run just before the break.
So why aren't more of West Virginia's road games like that one, in which the Mountaineers led 35-14 and could afford to relax for much of the fourth quarter?