For decades, hundreds of photographs chronicling some of the greatest moments in West Virginia University football history have been hidden away beneath piles of dusty media guides, tattered game programs, and yellowed newspaper clippings. Within the annals of the WVU athletic department, these archival treasures have been overlooked and forgotten over the years. That is until now.
With nearly twenty-five years of experience in intercollegiate athletics at West Virginia University, John Antonik brings these long-lost photographs to life with a narrative that highlights the key players, coaches, and the greatest moments in Mountaineer football history. Saturday Snapshots spotlights the dirt and grime, the sweat and tears, and the pageantry and tradition behind a team that has captivated the Mountain State from its inception. With stunning pictures, exclusive stories, and fascinating facts and statistics, it is the ultimate resource for the faithful West Virginia University football fan.
By spanning WVU football’s entire history—from that first game in snowy Morgantown on Saturday, November 28, 1891, to West Virginia’s appearance in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, on December 29, 2014—these snapshots will keep you turning the pages until the clock runs out.
FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
Player of the Era: Ira Errett Rodgers
THE DOCTOR IS IN THE HOUSE
Player of the Decade: Marshall Glenn
Player of the Decade: Joe Stydahar
THE WINDS OF WAR
Player of the Decade: Jimmy Walthall
THE VIOLENT WORLD OF SAM HUFF
Player of the Decade: Bruce Bosley
Player of the Decade: Garrett Ford
Player of the Decade: Danny Buggs
COUNTRY ROADS, TAKE ME HOME
Player of the Decade: Major Harris
THE VOICE GOES SILENT
Player of the Decade: Canute Curtis
TWO LEGS ARE BETTER THAN ONE
Player of the Decade: Pat White
A LONG, STRANGE TRIP
Player of the Decade: Tavon Austin
Top 100 Mountaineer Players of All-Time
Top 100 Opposing Players of All-Time
About the Author
John Antonik is Director of Digital Media for Intercollegiate Athletics, West Virginia University and author of West Virginia University Football Vault: The History of the Mountaineers, Roll Out the Carpet: 101 Seasons of West Virginia University Basketball, and The Backyard Brawl: Stories from One of the Weirdest, Wildest, Longest Running and Most Intense Rivalries in College Football History.