MORGANTOWN -- No. 11 West Virginia set a modern school record with 655 yards of offense in Saturday's 69-34 victory against Marshall. It was the 13th time the Mountaineers have had 600 yards of offense and the second in 14 games under Coach Dana Holgorsen.
The record is held by the 1923 team, which gained 674 yards against Washington & Lee. The previous second-best was 654 yards against Syracuse in 1993.
WVU passed for 324 yards and rushed for 331. The only other time the Mountaineers had 300 passing and rushing was a 63-48 win against Pitt in 1965.
"That's about as balanced as you can be," Holgorsen said.
"We spread the ball around to a lot of people. The balance standpoint is more important to me. If we're running the ball and we're not getting any yards, then we'll start throwing it more. That's what the offense is able to do."
The point total was the most in a season-opener at Mountaineer Field, topping the 62 points scored to begin the 1988 and 2007 seasons. WVU played for the national title in the 1988 season and was one win away from playing for it again in 2007.
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THE MOUNTAINEERS have won nine consecutive season-openers, matching the second-best streak in school history (1919-27). It trails only the 11-year streak from 1980-1990, the first 11 years of Hall of Fame Coach Don Nehlen's 21 years at the school.
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WVU DRESSED 15 true freshmen and played 10: safety Karl Joseph, who started, receiver Jordan Thompson, defensive linemen Korey Harris, Christian Brown and Korey Harris, linebacker Garrett Hope, safety K.J. Dillon, cornerbacks
Rick Rumph and Nana Kyremeh and long snapper John DePalma.
Also making debuts were redhirt junior Dozie Ezemma, redshirt freshman Ismail Showell, redshirt freshman K.J. Myers, redshirt freshman receiver Cody Clay, redshirt freshmen offensive linemen Brandon Jackson and Russell Haughton-James, long snapper Jerry Cooper and defensive lineman Kyle Rose.
The Mountaineers used 62 players. Excluded was sophomore running back Dustin Garrison, who did not dress. He's recovering from the torn left ACL suffered before the Orange Bowl.
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THOMPSON, a January enrollee who is considered a starter, though the team won't always start two inside receivers, caught two passes for eight yards in his debut.
"He didn't have any freshman jitters," receivers coach and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "He was all smiles playing and didn't panic. He's pretty mature for a freshman and he played pretty well. But he's played in a lot of big games. I didn't think that would affect him or the size of the crowd would get to him, and it didn't. He was pretty even-keened throughout the game as I saw him."
Joseph, also a January enrollee, made seven tackles and two tackles for a loss in his first game.
"Karl didn't have a lot of plays at him," defensive coordinator Joe DeForest said. "He did a good job on the ones when he did have a responsibility."
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HOLGORSEN NAMED running back Shawne Alston the team's offensive player of the week Sunday. Linebacker Isaiah Bruce was named the defensive player of the week and receiver Ryan Nehlen was named special teams player of the week.
Alston had a career-high 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 16 carries.