Big 12 new member update: West Virginia

Time for our weekly checkup on the Big 12's new members. First up: Putting a wrap on WVU's season.

Record: 9-3 (5-2 Big East)

National rank: No. 23 in the AP poll and BCS standings, No. 22 in the USA Today poll.

Last result: Beat USF, 30-27, on the road.

What to know: What drama for the Mountaineers. WVU kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Bulls in Tampa and clinch a share of the Big East title. On Saturday, the rest of the Big East took care of business, and on Sunday the polls gave the Mountaineers the edge and pushed them into the BCS, where they'll face Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

For the Big 12, you couldn't ask for a better ending. Maybe not the best possible season the 'Eers could have had, but the Big 12 bringing a BCS team into the league? After uninspired exits by Texas A&M, Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska, that's just what the commissioner ordered.

The Mountaineers scored 30 points with just one offensive touchdown, which came late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 27. Tavon Austin returned a kick 90 yards for a touchdown and Pat Miller took an interception 52 yards for another score.

WVU got outgained, had more penalty yardage and lost the turnover battle, 3-2. It still won.

It wasn't orthodox. But it was entertaining. As a result, Dana Holgorsen coaches his Big East Champions into the BCS in his first year as a head coach.