The "West Virginia Defense Fund" closed shop after the Mountaineers' offense showed that it didn't need a defense.
A glimmering, flickering, ray of hope revealed itself this week, however, when something called "Louisiana Tech" washed ashore.
Louisiana Tech is off to its hottest start since the year before "Rocky" was released.
The Bulldogs, at No. 24, are ranked for the first time in the history of the USA Today coaches' poll.
There was nothing left to do but leaf through old photo albums of Boise State, Utah, Hawaii and Texas Christian.
Ah, here's Ian Johnson proposing to his girlfriend after that wild Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma.
College football is always better when it can raise an underdog from the underbelly. Utah broke through in 2004, followed by Boise State in 2006. They were trailblazers.
There are less than two seasons left in a BCS system that was arm-twisted into granting the highest-ranked top-12 champion from a "non-AQ" conference a golden ticket to a major bowl.
It worked out fantastically in 2010 when the purple masses of Texas Christian crashed the Rose Bowl and had the glorious gall to defeat Wisconsin.
Those days are going way. Utah and Texas Christian already upgraded to major conferences and Boise State is headed to the Big East.
In two years, the system will be diluted with so many "major" bowls — seven at last count — everyone will think they're playing for something important. So it's not likely that forces will ever again organically create Boise State versus Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.
This weekend could well be "Underdog's Last Stand."
Louisiana Tech is 5-0 and playing Texas A&M in Shreveport, La. It was supposed to be a season opener but the game was postponed because of a hurricane.
Since then, the ruffians from Ruston, La., have ripped off wins with point totals of 56, 56, 52, 44 and 58.
Louisiana Tech defeated Illinois and Virginia on the road, yet barely registered a blip. Everyone was looking ahead to a Western Athletic Conference slate that would drag Louisiana Tech's schedule strength down to the depths of Davy Jones' Locker.
Louisiana Tech's BCS chances, even with a victory against Texas A&M, are still not good.
"I mean, I do not even know how to spell BCS," Louisiana Tech Coach Sonny Dykes said at his weekly news conference. "If you start worrying about that stuff, it just kind of clutters your mind."
Hawaii, the weakest "non-AQ" to play in a BCS game, debuted at No. 18 in the first BCS standings of 2007 and clawed its way to No. 10 over the din of doubters by closing with impressive regular-season wins against Nevada, Boise State and Washington.