West Virginia at LSU Live Blog: Analysis, Reactions, Notes

Michael CarvelliContributor ISeptember 24, 2010

Tavon Austin has emerged as one of West Virginia's top offensive threats early on in 2010.
Tavon Austin has emerged as one of West Virginia's top offensive threats early on in 2010.

Saturday night in Baton Rouge, No. 22 West Virginia will see their first true test of the 2010 season against the No. 15 LSU Tigers.

I'm Michael Carvelli, one of Bleacher Report's Featured WVU Columnist as well as a Mountaineer football beat writer for EerSports.com, and I will be live blogging throughout the game starting around 8:30, just 30 minutes before kickoff from Death Valley.

If this goes over well, I might continue doing this from up in the press box for the rest of the home games this season.

If you have any questions or comments throughout the game, you can either just put them in the comments section or send me a mention on Twitter @Carvelli3.



  • The first three games of the season have been somewhat of a coming out party for a trio of sophomores for the Mountaineers. Quarterback Geno Smith led WVU back from a 21-6 deficit to Marshall a couple of weeks ago, orchestrating two drives of more than 90 yards to force overtime before West Virginia pulled away in overtime.
  • Wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey have emerged as a couple of legitimate pass catching threats for the Mountaineers. Austin comes into the LSU game with a team-high 21 catches and 281 yards while Bailey has caught nine balls for 132 yards. Both of them have two touchdowns apiece.
  • After failing to record a sack in their first two games of the year, the Mountaineers picked up eight against Maryland last Saturday. Junior college transfer defensive end Bruce Irvin led the team with three, while senior defensive end Scooter Berry had two.
  • Senior cornerback Brandon Hogan will be a game time decision in the LSU game. Hogan was suspended prior to the Maryland due to a drunk driving arrest.
  • Junior right guard Josh Jenkins will be out of Saturday's game with a knee injury. Defensive end Julian Miller is questionable and linebacker Pat Lazear and tight end Tyler Urban are both listed as probable.