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Senior day is a time for celebration, a time to look back on the seasons past while preparing for a final home game and a subsequent bowl game.
Only this year, West Virginia’s graduating class will trot onto the Mountaineer Field knowing they will never wear that uniform again. Some will never play competitive football again. And with nothing to play for but a fifth victory on the season, it’s easy to question how many fans will show up to send them off.
“All we can do is come back next week and get ready for Iowa State, my last game ever wearing the old gold and blue,” said a dejected Pat Eger after Saturday’s 31-19 loss at Kansas.
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The sting of this one will not soon go away, especially knowing that what lies ahead is a full two weeks before another chance to get out on the field and put one in the win column.
A loss to the Jayhawks ensures that West Virginia stays home this winter with no bowl practices or excursions or gear. Iowa State on Nov. 30 is it.