In 1946, still in the days before facemasks, the West Virginia Mountaineer football team was in the middle of a tumultuous decade. The team went through three head coaches in those ten years: Bill Kern (twice), Dudley Degroot and Ira Errett Rodgers came back for a second go-around.
That decade, the Mountaineers had only had three winning seasons. 1946 was not one of them. They went 5-5 that season.
One of their wins came in Week 4 against Washington & Lee in a wet, muddy 6-0 game played at Laidley Field. The two soggy teams combined to punt sixteen times. W&L fumbled the ball 9 times and lost 4 of them. WVU, however, coughed it up 5 times, losing one. There were no passes completed in the game, and the box score shows 6 points scored by WVU during the third quarter.
W&L had 6 first downs to the Mountaineers 5, but WVU outgained their opponent with 93 rushing yards in the game. W&L had 85. Despite the horrid conditions, 3,000 fans still packed the Laidley Field stands.
Thomas Keane was the starting QB that season and Jim Devonshire, Pete Zinniach and Joe Kuhayda carried the load at RB.
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