Great Plays In WVU History: “The Runaway Beer Truck”

Great Plays In WVU History: “The Runaway Beer Truck”

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  The longest run of Owen Schmitt‘s career is also one of the most famous plays in WVU history.

  We know Owen Schmitt as being one of the toughest players to ever don the Gold and Blue on Saturday afternoons. He is famous for his bruising style of running and blocking and the images of him hitting himself in the face with his helmet until blood poured from his forehead personifies the Mountaineer and West Virginia spirit. He broke 10 facemasks during his time at WVU.

  After the debacle that was the Backyard Brawl in 2007, which was Rich Rodriguez’s last as Mountaineer head coach, the Mountaineers wound up in the Fiesta Bowl with Bill Stewart as head coach.

Early in that game, Steve Slaton went down with a hamstring injury which left Owen Schmitt to fill in. With a 6-3 lead over Oklahoma, Schmitt broke a 57-yard touchdown run to give WVU control en route to a 48-28 win.

Fox’s Matt Vasgersian’s call helped to propel this run into Mountaineer lore when he referred to Schmitt as a “Runaway Beer Truck” as he broke free and headed towards the sidelines.

Another defining moment to this game came after it was over. We all remember Schmitt’s emotional post game interview as his Mountaineer career came to an end:

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