Originally Posted by *BaseClogger*
Maybe the past three editions of his Michigan squads has clouded my judgment. The mental conception I have of a Rich Rodriguez team has a flashy offense and an awful defense. I also don't know what his reputation with WVU was in big games. It seems like it had to be mixed, no?
I'd say his record in big games was pretty strong. What people also don't realize is that Rich Rod has a career record below .500 in games not quarterbacked by Pat White. Chew on that for a second.
Off the top of my head, RR beat VT in '02 and '03, beat UGA in '05, Ga Tech. in '06, and his team beat Oklahoma in '07 right after he left. They had Miami beat on this run in '03 that won the ESPY (bad video quality):
YouTube - WVU Quincy Wilson
Then this happened. Sickening :
YouTube - Kellen Winslow Jr. 4th Down Catch vs. WVU
He got constantly pounded by Maryland until Rasheed Marshall's senior year, and until White got there.
Regarding the defense, WVU was 7th in the nation that year in defensive PPG, and 4th in YPG behind USC, LSU, and OSU. In 2006, the team was all offense and no defense. White and Slaton just went absolutely nuts, and finished 4th and 6th in the Heisman voting. However, the defense cost them at Louisville (lost 44-34 on Thursday night, I was there, it's probably in my top 10 painful losses).