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Stewart, WVU focused on Rutgers

WVU needs win, UConn setback for BCS berth

November 29, 2010
By JOHN WICKLINE, Staff Writer

MORGANTOWN -West Virginia University football coach Bill Stewart doesn't plan on doing any scoreboard watching Saturday when his team takes on Rutgers in the season finale at Mountaineer Field, saying it doesn't matter what the other teams do if his doesn't take care of its own business.

WVU, 8-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big East, has a chance to win at least a share of the conference title if it can beat Rutgers, 4-7 and 1-5, at noon. Connecticut, which defeated a fumble-prone Mountaineer squad by a field goal in overtime, is in the driver's seat for the BCS berth that accompanies a conference crown as it prepares to travel to South Florida. Connecticut holds the edge over WVU in the tie-breaking formula.

"I don't really care if I see one snap of the UConn-USF game Saturday night," Stewart said. "If we beat Rutgers, we are the Big East champs, and that was our goal. The rest of that stuff is for others. My focus is Rutgers.

"I can tell you honestly what I did this past Saturday," he added. "I did not watch one snap of the UConn-(Cincinnati) game. It doesn't matter to me.

"I have about 10,000 witnesses that saw me at the Morgantown-Martinsburg football game. I was there with my son.

"The only thing that matters to me, this staff and these players is worrying about Rutgers and our business. We can't worry about others' business."

Stewart said that point will be driven home one way or another this week, take care of Rutgers and let the other stuff take care of itself.

"I will run them up the law school hill if I hear any talk come out of the locker room," he said.

WVU will probably see its share of blitzes from a team that has nothing to lose on Saturday afternoon, and would like nothing better than to play the spoiler role.

"We may be held to low point against Rutgers," the coach said. "We may catch them like others have, and we'll be off and running down the field and everyone will be happy. I'm going to challenge the guys to catch them and burn them."

A win Saturday will give the Mountaineers their third consecutive nine-win season. The last time WVU failed to win nine games in a season was 2004.

"Every waking moment of my life over the next six days will be focused on Rutgers," Stewart said. "We're on a mission, and we don't want any weak links.

"No player on this team has any intention of being the team's weak link. All we want to do is focus on Rutgers. We will have no weak links."



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