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Top 5 Thanksgiving week performances in WVU football history

With Turkey Day being today and a matchup with Iowa State looming Saturday, we are taking a look back at the top 5 individual performances for WVU during the week of Thanksgiving.

With the NFL dominating Thanksgiving Thursday, many of WVU’s games have came on the Friday after Thanksgiving and some falling on Saturday. WVU has played on most Thanksgiving weeks, but did not start consistently playing this late in the season until the early 1990’s. With all of that being said, let’s examine the Top 5 performances from this holiday week through the years.

5. Marc Bulger 1999

(52-21 win vs Pitt in the Backyard Brawl) 

Bulger seemed to pick his play up in late November. During Thanksgiving week in 1999, Bulger torched the hated Pitt secondary for 331 yards and 4 touchdowns. Despite these impressive numbers, it was not even his best Thanksgiving week performance. (We will get to that in a bit.)

In this matchup, Bulger completed 20 of 30 passes and threw touchdowns to three different receivers. The 31-point margin of victory ranks as one of the most lopsided victories in this rivalry’s rich history.

Bulger went on to start 95 games in the NFL and was a two-time Pro Bowler. He threw for 22,814 yards and 122 touchdowns over the span of eight seasons.

4. Steve Slaton 2005

(45-13 win over Pitt in Backyard Brawl on Thanksgiving Day) 

In 2005, the Backyard Brawl was played on Thanksgiving Day and the 12th ranked Mountaineers did not disappoint.

Slaton was a workhorse, running the ball 34 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns. In addition to the rushing effort, Slaton was also important in the passing game as he caught a 16 yard touchdown from Pat White.

Slaton went on to rush for over 1,800 yards in three NFL seasons including a magical rookie season in which he ran for over 1,200 yards. Slaton rushed for 13 touchdowns, and totaled 808 receiving yards out of the backfield.

3. Avon Cobourne 1999

(52-21 win over Pitt) 

In the same game that Bulger threw for 331 yards and 4 TD’s, he did not even have the best game on his own offense.

Not to be outdone, Cobourne ran for 214 yards and 3 touchdowns as WVU clobbered Pitt. One of the best 1-2 punches in Mountaineer history, both players brought their “A” games when it was time to play in late November.

This game will go down as one of the best offensive performances in WVU’s history. It is very rare to see a team produce a 300 yard passer and a 200 yard rusher in a single game.

Cobourne enjoyed a fantastic career in the CFL, running for over 4,000 yards and 35 touchdowns. He was a receiving threat too, totaling 2,173 receiving yards during his six-year career. In 2009, Cobourne was named Grey Cup MVP.

2. Pat White 2005 & 2007

2005: 45-13 win over Pitt

2007: 66-21 win over #20 UCONN 

These two performances were both fantastic, and it is difficult to differentiate one from the other.

In the same 2005 Backyard Brawl that Slaton totaled 179 yards and 3 TD’s, White ran for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns, while throwing for an additional touchdown.

The Pitt defense had no answer for the Mountaineers on Thanksgiving that year.

Two years later, White led the 4th ranked Mountaineers to huge win over UCONN. Traveling to UCONN’s home field, the Mountaineers were on upset alert against the 20th ranked Huskies.

Pat White had other ideas though, as he ran for 186 yards and 2 TD’s on 16 carries. White threw for an additional 107 yards, plus a touchdown as the Mountaineers crushed the Huskies.

White appeared in six games for the Miami Dolphins during his rookie season. Not only is he one of the best QBs in WVU history, White went down as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the history of college football.

1. Marc Bulger 1998

(52-14 victory over Pitt) 

Bulger must have really enjoyed turkey. His second appearance on this list, Bulger threw for 409 yards and six touchdowns against Pitt in 1998.

One season before his 334 yard and 4 TD performance, Bulger torched the Panthers in tune to a crushing 52-14 victory. Bulger threw touchdowns to five separate receivers, and two wide outs surpassed the century mark for the Mountaineers.

409 stood as the 3rd most passing yards in school history at the time, but it has since fallen to 11th since Dana Holgorsen brought the Air Raid Offense to Morgantown.

The six touchdowns are still second in school history, and this performance is one of the best all-around performances by any WVU quarterback.

Steve Slaton and the Sugar Bowl Foundation team up for a great cause

Steve Slaton's POV at the event.
Steve Slaton’s POV at the event.

Steve Slaton may be on to new adventures in Houston, but he will always have a place in his heart for West Virginia.

Slaton partnered with Anthony Lewis & the Sugar Bowl Foundation for a fundraiser during the WVU/Texas game this past Saturday.

The event was hosted at Buffalo Wild Wings outside of Charleston, WV. where Mountaineer fans game together to eat, cheer on the ‘Eers, and visit with Slaton.

The Sugar Bowl Foundation supports the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, whose mission is to promote the well being of children through protecting, nurturing, and helping them find life-time families.

The proceeds from this event are going towards the Foundation’s ‘Christmas Visit’ to the Children’s Home. During this annual visit, they focus on the ‘older kids’, who often get left out of programs aimed at young children. They donate gadgets and electronics that older children and teenagers will enjoy.

Slaton was honored to be a part of this event.

“What the Foundation is doing is really cool, and it was fun to help out and hang with some great Mountaineer fans,” he said.

Click here for more information or to make a donation to the Sugar Bowl Foundation.

Click here for more information on the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

WVUPros on Twitter: Football Pros

Here is a list of many Mountaineer football players of the past to follow on Twitter. If we left anyone off the list (and with so many, we’re sure we did), please let us know in the comments section below. Enjoy, share, follow. Of course, you can follow us on Twitter @WVUPros.


Mario Alford – @mario_alford

Shawne Alston – @Alston_20

Alric Arnett – @alric_arnett

Tavon Austin – @Tayaustin01


Stedman Bailey – @iamSB3

Don Barclay – @Barclay_64

Anthony Becht – @Anthony_Becht

Scooter Berry – @Sdot_Berry

Jeff Braun – @JEFFBRAUN57

Jarrett Brown – @JarrettbrownQB


Selvish Capers – @SelvishCapers60

Will Clarke – @W_Clarke98

Avon Cobourne – @AvonCobourne

Damon Cogdell – @DamonCogdell

Darwin Cook – @D_Cook25

Canute Curtis – @CoachCCurtis


Pat Eger – @P_Eggs

Angel Estrada – @AMEstrada

Dozie Ezemma – @Dozie4j


Charles Fisher – @_Charles_Fisher

Josh Francis – @iamROADCLOSED

Lance Frazier – @LanceFrazier15


Terence Garvin – @T_Garvin28

Mark Glowinski – @MarkGlowinski73

Najee Goode – @All_Goode53

Glenn Gress – @GlennisDaMenace


Markell Harrison – @KELZZz3

Brandon Hogan – @HoganPick6


Bruce Irvin – @BIrvin_WVU11

Mortty Ivy – @morttyivy217


Broderick Jenkins – @BrodJenkins23

Will Johnson – @WillJohnson_6

Adam Jones – @REALPACMAN24

Garin Justice – @GarinJustice


Ellis Lankster – @EllisLankster21

Anthony Leonard – @TheOnly_Rofarve

Mike Logan – @mlogan31

Wes Lyons – @Wesman015


Rasheed Marshall – @RasheedMarshall

Pat McAfee – @PatMcAfeeShow

Julian Miller – @JmillzHot97

Sammy Morrone – @sammymorrone

Dan Mozes – @DanMozes

Ryan Mundy – @RyanGMundy


Eugene Napoleon – @WVU33

Ryan Nehlen – @RNehlen

Chris Neild – @TruckNeild


Darius Reynaud – @dreynaud27

Kent Richardson – @KRich9piece

Shaquille Riddick – @Gods_Exertion98

Doug Rigg – @bigrigg47

Rich Rodriguez – @CoachRodAZ


Robert Sands – @WVU_Sandman

Owen Schmitt – @OwenSchmitt

JaJuan Seider – @CoachSeider

P.J. Shirdan – @PJShirdan

Charles Sims – @csims34

Geno Smith – @GenoSmith7


Steve Slaton – @Steve23Slaton

Ryan Stanchek – @CoachStanchek

Quinton Spain – @quinton_spain


Darryl Talley – @DarrylTalley

Keith Tandy – @kytandy

Josh Taylor – @J_Taylor94

JT Thomas – @TheRealJT3

John Thornton – @JohnThornton

Clint Trickett – @CJTrickett9


Tyler Urban – @TylerUrb


Michael Villagrana – @CoachVillagrana


Coley White – @Skimpism

Kevin White – @kwhite8

Pat White – @P5White

Grant Wiley – @ggg666G666ggg

Jason Williams – @JMWill44

Quincy Wilson – @qwil35

Dale Wolfley – @Wolfley64

J.D. Woods – @Woods81JD 

Jorge Wright – @Wright99wvu


Amos Zereoue – @zereoue