September 3, 2007

Rod wants a gold rush in Huntington

Mountaineer Coach Rich Rodriguez is hoping as many of his school's fans as possible show up at Joan C. Edwards Stadium Saturday for the 11 a.m. kickoff with Marshall (MSN, ESPN2) as his 1-0 team does battle with the 0-1 Thundering Herd.

WVU walloped Western Michigan 62-24 and Miami dumped Marshall 31-3 in last Saturday's action, heading into the second of what will be seven games of the annual Coal Bowl.

The Mountaineers beat down the Herd 42-10 before 61,077 at Milan Puskar Stadium on Sept. 2, 2006. The "Joan's" capacity is 38,019.

"I know our fans have bought every ticket we could buy. I heard West Virginia fans bought (Marshall) season tickets to come to this game. We're still going to get out-numbered. We'll have a handful; they'll be cheering loudly," said the coach.

Marshall spokesperson Randy Burnside predicted between 5,000-9,000 Mountaineers will be on hand as the Thundering Herd celebrates its first sell-out since its stadium expanded in 2000.

"I have no way to tell, but my gut tells me West Virginia will bring somewhere in that neighborhood," said the MU assistant athletic director.

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