CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In a 32-hour, 13-minute span starting last Friday at noon, yours truly saw eight quarters and three overtimes of college football in the Mountain State.
The back-to-back days of coverage - starting with Marshall's 31-point shellacking of East Carolina and concluding with WVU's season-ending whimper against Iowa State - began before dawn Friday. My wife and 21-month old son were in Pennsylvania to visit family, so there was a deep sleep to be had.
Instead, my peaceful slumber ended before the alarm sounded and I began perusing social media, as I am wont to do. My eyeballs skipped over most comments, but there was one Herd football supporter who provided an unsolicited challenge to the Marshall players.
"You are at the door men," the comment read. "Kick it in."
From noon Friday until 8:13 p.m. Saturday night, the sights were more than anticipated, little of which was expected. Walk with me through my weekend of numbers and observations.
It is just the fourth time in the history of the Herd football program that a rusher and receiver eclipsed 1,000 yards in the same season, and only the third set of teammates to accomplish it. Running back Ron Darby and receiver Mike Barber did it in consecutive seasons (1987 and '88), while some guy named Randy Moss and running back Erik Thomas each hit 1,000 yards in 1996.
Taliaferro and Shuler are the first combo to hit the 1,000-yard single-season milestone in the same season since the Herd jumped to the highest level of college football.
WVU receiver Mario Alford, who was the No. 1 junior college athlete when the Mountaineers landed his services, exploded for a career-high 215 receiving yards, the third-most receiving yards ever by a WVU receiver. Alford vaulted past four teammates to finish as the team leader in that category, and his 20.44 yards per catch ranks No. 6 nationally.
Alford also had 311 all-purpose yards, which is the eighth-best single-game total in program history.