Increased police presence planned at WVU for Saturday's football game



MORGANTOWN, West Va. - Law enforcement agencies in Morgantown are planning to increase patrols this weekend on the West Virginia University campus in light of last week's riots.

Several police officers were injured while responding to numerous riots in Morgantown Saturday night following the Mountaineers' victory over the University of Texas in football.

The fiery and violent celebrations, which were captured on camera, came following West Virginia's 48-45 victory over the Texas Longhorns in Texas.

The Mountaineers play the Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday in Lubbock at 3:30 p.m.

"Hopefully we can curtail all that activity,” Monongalia County Sheriff Al Kisner said. “Everybody is going to have a good time. Celebrate the win as I know they are going to, but do it responsibly."

Authorities estimated that more than 1,000 students took part in the riots last week, and more than three dozen fires were started, primarily involving couches and garbage bins.

The fire chief said students threw beer bottles, cans and rocks at fire trucks while they were responding.

Morgantown City Manager Terrence Moore and other city leaders said they're disgusted by the behavior and called the rioting unheard of.

Moore told Channel 11's Cara Sapida that he thinks expulsion from school is the only way to handle disciplining those involved.

"Expulsion needs to happen to ensure that the student body knows there are consequences with this kind of activity, especially considering this was an away game. A big home game is right around the corner," Moore said.

Police said a total of 15 people were arrested Saturday night, and investigators believe more arrests are coming.

Many of those arrested were charged with malicious burning, which is a felony offense in Morgantown.