MORGANTOWN - West Virginia University's fight song "Hail, West Virginia" was composed in 1915.
In that football season, the Mountaineers trounced Marshall 92-6. The next week WVU blanked Virginia Tech 19-0 for a two-game point total of 111.
In 1951, the Mountaineers scored 113 combined points in consecutive games when it recorded back-to-back shutouts: 24-0 over Richmond and 89-0 over Geneva.
That 113-point two-game performance was equaled in 1989 when WVU routed Cincinnati 69-3 and outgunned Boston College for a 44-30 win in the next game.
After January's memorable 70-33 Orange Bowl juicing of Clemson and Saturday's 69-34 Friends of Coal Bowl finale win over Marshall, West Virginia's new standard for points in consecutive games is a whopping 139.
That one pesky point. Social media platforms could've been inundated with photo-shopped speed limit signs once again. But, alas, Tyler Bitancurt missed the extra point on the first of WVU's 10 touchdowns (scored by eight players), which ultimately prevented his team from duplicating the big 7-0.
"Eight?" second-year West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen responded when a media member told him about the number of players who reached paydirt against the Herd.
"That's pretty good. It should've been nine."
That comment highlights Holgorsen's dry humor more than cockiness, but Saturday it seemed like he could've had quarterback Geno Smith put any point total on the scoreboard, provided the kicker cooperated. Holgorsen also lamented a fourth-down-and-goal call that robbed his team of 3 additional points with seconds left of the first quarter.
Holgorsen admitted he should've opted for the field goal. Bummer.
The 69 points is the most Marshall has ever allowed in a season opener and ranks as the fifth-most allowed by the Herd ... ever. Marshall allowed 94 points to Denison in 1917; 92 to WVU in 1915; 81 to WVU in 1923; and 70 to Marietta in 1909.
The Coal Bowl concludes with the Mountaineers holding a 12-0 edge in the series, and they have three of the top five point totals ever produced against Marshall.
The seven Coal Bowl meetings had an average margin of victory of 22.4 points, a figure skewed slightly by the 2010 come-from-behind overtime win by WVU (24-21). The other six contests were decided by an average of 25.7 points.