All that offense keeps fans coming to the stadium

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By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press

When West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck was looking for a new football coach, he wanted one who would not only win, but do it in a way that got Mountaineers fans excited — excited enough to pack Milan Puskar Stadium seven or eight times a season.

West Virginia fans had plenty to be excited about on Saturday, when the eighth-ranked Mountaineers beat Baylor 70-63, the centerpiece of yet another college football weekend filled with high-scoring marquee games.

Several factors have contributed to the trend of high-powered offenses.

There is the improved development of quarterbacks, the prevalence of spread offenses, and the up-tempo offenses that squeeze in as many snaps as possible.

Another reason is money. The old adage is true: Offense sell tickets.

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