Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 54, the number once worn by WVU offensive guard, Scott Barrows.
Originally from Marietta, OH, Barrows was a four year member of the WVU football program, from 1981 to 1984. Barrows started a majority of his career on the offensive line, helping the team earn bowl bids each season he was a part of the program, winning three of them. They also earned 9 wins each of Barrows’ first three seasons in Gold and Blue.
Under second year head coach, Don Nehlen, Barrows and company finished 8-3 in the regular season to earn a bid to the 1981 Peach Bowl. The Mountaineers handled the Florida Gators in a 26-6 victory to earn a top 20 ranking in both major polls to end the year.
In Barrows’ sophomore campaign, the Mountaineers finished the regular season 9-2, this time earning a bid to the Gator Bowl. The season, in whole, was highlighted by an opening week upset victory over the #9 ranked Oklahoma Sooners on the road. Although the Mountaineers lost the Gator Bowl to Florida State, the team would again finish in the top 20 of both major polls for a second straight year.
In 1983, the Mountaineers finished the regular season 8-3, with key victories over #17 Maryland, #19 Boston College, Pitt, and Virginia Tech to earn a third straight bowl bid. This time around, the Gold and Blue faced off with the Kentucky Wildcats in the 1983 Hall of Fame Classic, this time winning their post season game 20-16. The team finished #16 in both major polls, making it yet another successful campaign for all involved.
Scott Barrows’ senior season finished in success with another bowl bid and victory, another top 20 finish in one of the major polls, and two thrilling victories over top 25 opponents along the way.
In October of the 1984 season, the Mountaineers were able to come up with one of the most memorable victories in school history as they upset Doug Flutie and the #4 ranked Boston College Eagles in front of a nationwide audience. The Mountaineers came up with a 21-20 victory after the defense held tough, finally getting to the Eagles’ elusive quarterback in the dying seconds of this classic tilt.
The following week brought the #19 Penn State Nittany Lions to Morgantown where the Mountaineers were able to again knock off a major college football power house for a second straight week. In the fourth quarter, with the Mountaineers leading 10-7, it was a Scott Barrows downfield block that allowed WVU running back, Pat Rudolph, to elude a couple of defenders on his way to the game winning touchdown.
The team would go on to lose the following three games to finish 7-4, but they were able to finish the campaign on a high note with a 31-14 victory over TCU in the Bluebonnet Bowl played at the Houston Astrodome.
Following his graduation from West Virginia University, Barrows, went on to play three seasons in the NFL with the Detroit Lions. He played in 44 career games during his short time in the league.
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