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Third-quarter stretch ends Mountaineers' dream

West Virginia worked hard. The Mountaineers stayed hungry and humble. They focused on reaching the BCS Championship Game. All of it disappeared in 5½ minutes against Louisville, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: November 3, 2006, 9:57 AM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Exactly 10 months elapsed between West Virginia's stunning upset of Georgia in the Sugar Bowl and its Big East showdown Thursday night at Louisville. In that time, the Mountaineers handled their new role as a national championship contender as if it were nothing new at all.

They worked toward their goal of reaching the BCS Championship Game. They focused on coach Rich Rodriguez's goals of staying hungry and staying humble. They rose to No. 3 in the nation by winning seven ...

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