MUSBURGER RETURNS


CAMPUS CONNECTION
By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
September 20, 2011 12:00 AM

Brent Musburger, the guy who described two of the most memorable victories in Mountaineer Field (now Milan Puskar Stadium) history, will be back in the booth for this Saturday’s game against second-ranked LSU.

Musburger and analyst Pat Haden were here in 1988 to help West Virginia celebrate its 51-point offensive eruption against Penn State, Mountaineer fans from coast to coast finally getting the opportunity to release 30 years worth of pent up frustration against those white-clad, storm-trooping Nittany Lions on that sunny, October afternoon.

Those of us lucky enough to have our VCRs (remember those?) set to record on long play were able to rewind Brent’s scene-setter over and over, “You may not recognize them, but there is a new powerhouse emerging in college football and in West Virginia fans will tell you this is the strongest Mountaineer team ever! They are led by explosive quarterback Major Harris and a defense that has held off every opponent this year.

“Ranked No. 7 and undefeated, the Mountaineers are brimming with pride and confidence for the biggest game they have every played!”

Back then Musburger was the No. 1 announcer at CBS, covering everything from the NFL to horseracing. He left the network in 1990 to join ABC, where he has since replaced legendary Keith Jackson as college football’s most recognizable voice.

Musburger was still early in his tenure at ABC when he returned to Morgantown in 1993 with his new sidekick Dick Vermeil to call another memorable Mountaineer victory, this one a 17-14 nail-biter over fourth-ranked Miami.

Once again, West Virginia fans will never forget Musburger’s economical 27-word description of Robert Walker’s 19-yard touchdown run with 6:08 remaining in the game to put the Mountaineers ahead for good.

“First and 10 and the ball is at the Miami 19-yard line now,” Musburger barked out in staccato fashion. “Mountaineers down by four, here’s Walker left side … Walker will score! Mountaineers lead!

Musburger had to shout “Mountaineers lead” over an eruption of applause that could be heard all the way across the river in Westover.

Now 18 years later, Musburger is back in Morgantown once again this weekend along with star college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit. ESPN’s GameDay crew will be in town as well previewing and reviewing the day’s action from the MountainLair Plaza.

It should be a lot of fun!

If you can’t be here in person, be sure to have your televisions tuned in to ABC on Saturday night. Eight o’clock. Prime time.
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