1. WVU 24, Rutgers 21: That Score Sounds About Right

    A smart football man (Bill Parcells?) once said: You are what your record is. At 9-3, West Virginia is currently: -- A second-place Big East team. -- Capable of playing a perfect game and beating a Top 10 team at home (Pitt)...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Frank Ahrens about over 4 years ago 151 reads 0 comments

  2. Cincy 24, WVU 21: Two Calls Doom Mountaineers

    By now, everyone's hashed out the two bad calls that cost West Virginia a chance to upset a Top five team at its home field and stay in the chase for the Big East Title: —The Cincy fumble at the goal line that was reversed and turned into a touchdown...

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  3. West Virginia-Louisville Recap: LEV (Low Entertainment Value)

    I had to apologize to my girlfriend after WVU's 17-9 victory over Louisville on Saturday for dragging her to a sporting event that had such LEV (Low Entertainment Value)...

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  4. USF 30, WVU 19: What IS it About Those Guys?

    Many, many thoughts about this tough loss. Most bad, but first a couple of sun-came-up-the-next-morning, not-so-bad ones: If WVU wins out, it still wins the Big East title. There were no new serious injuries...

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  5. West Virginia 28, UConn 24: Noel Devine to the Rescue

    One thing is clear from Saturday's 28-24 WVU victory over a heroic UConn team: It's better to have Noel Devine than to not have Noel Devine...

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  6. WVU-Marshall: Mountaineers Can Win With Geno Smith

    After watching Saturday's WVU-Marshall game again on TiVo after seeing it live, I was  struck by a number of things: I feel much better about WVU's first-half defense than I did during the game, when I told my date, "I have to go outside and throw up now.

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  7. WVU, Pitt, and USF-Cincy Winner Lead Big East Title Race

    At nearly the halfway point in the season, there are three teams that look like viable contenders for the Big East championship and the automatic berth in a BCS bowl: West Virginia, Pitt, and the winner of Thursday night's Cincinnati-South Florida game...

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  8. WVU 34, Syracuse 13: A Cleaner, More Dominating Victory

    The Mountaineers showed what they can be in the first half of Saturday's victory at Syracuse: Unstoppable on offense, and dominating on defense...

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  9. WVU 35, Colorado 24: More Quick-Strike TDs, but More Turnovers

    Four games into a season, a football team starts to develop its identity. The identity of the Mountaineers: turnover-prone, explosive offense, suspect pass defense...

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  10. It's Time For The Miami Dolphins To Play Pat White

    The Miami Dolphins are 0-3. Starting quarterback Chad Pennington has a dislocated throwing shoulder. The team is averaging an anemic 14 points per game...

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  11. Mountains Still to Climb: Evaluating West Virginia at the Quarter-Mile Mark

    An off-week is an appropriate time to evaluate how West Virginia is doing this year compared to last year. Let's get right to it, comparing the stats through the first three games of 2008 versus the first three games of 2009:2008 record: 1-2...

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  12. Auburn 41, WVU 30: Mistakes Thwart Offense

    I'll say this about West Virginia's offense: it doesn't do anything small. Six turnovers, 509 yards of total offense. A 71-yard Noel Devine touchdown run, an interception returned by a defensive lineman for the game-clinching touchdown...

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  13. WVU 35, East Carolina 20: Offense Rolls Despite Miscues

    Don't get too caught up in the mistakes made by West Virginia on Saturday during its 35-20 payback victory over East Carolina—the penalties, the fumbles, the strange calls by the refs...

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  14. Five WVU Freshmen To Watch: No. 1, WR/RB Tavon Austin

    It's probably safe to say that Tavon Austin, a former Poet of Dunbar High in Baltimore, is West Virginia's most-decorated recruit since Noel Devine...

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  15. WVU-Liberty: No Blowout but No Panic, 33-20

    The first thing you need to take from West Virginia's 33-20 victory on Saturday over FCS opponent Liberty, is that Liberty, at its level, is no joke...

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  16. Five WVU Freshmen to Watch: No. 2, WR Logan Heastie

    The first thing you need to know about true freshman Logan Heastie is that his last name is pronounced "HAY-stee." (While we're at it, fellow wide receiver Alric Arnett goes by "ALE-rick" and ...

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  17. 2009 WVU Preview: Special Teams

    There's no point in talking about WVU's 2009 special teams without mentioning the most important moment of WVU's 2008 special teams: The game-opening, 102-yard-kickoff-return-for-a-touchdown ...

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  18. Five WVU Freshmen To Watch: No. 3, CBs Broderick Jenkins and Pat Miller

    It's not unusual for a skilled offensive player to get playing time as true freshman. Running back Noel Devine did it, as did running back/slot Jock Sanders. Sometimes a wide receiver will get in the mix...

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  19. 2009 WVU Preview: Defensive Backs

    WVU's defensive backfield will be counted on as it has rarely been before during the 2009 season; defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel has promised more blitzing, putting his defensive backs in more one-on-one situations...

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  20. Five WVU Freshmen To Watch: No. 4, Shawne Alston

    We continue the parallel countdown series (to accompany the regular Friday unit previews) of five WVU Freshmen To Watch in the 2009 season, which kicks off at home against I-AA Liberty at noon on Sept...

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  21. 2009 WVU Preview: Receivers

    West Virginia's 2009 receiving corps is solid and deep, even as it lacks a physical playmaker of the sort it has had in the past -- Reggie Rembert, David Saunders or Chris Henry (much as we hate to evoke his name here)...

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  22. Five WVU Freshmen To Watch: No. 5, QB Eugene Smith

    Today I'm kicking off my parallel countdown series (to accompany my regular Friday unit previews) of Five WVU Freshmen To Watch in the 2009 season, which kicks off at home against I-AA Liberty at noon on Sept...

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  23. 2009 WVU Preview: Defensive Line

    Unlike its counterpart on the offensive side of the ball, the experience and depth of the WVU defensive line is expected to help anchor the team this season...

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  24. 2009 WVU Preview: Linebackers

    If there's one reason to be optimistic about the 2009 Mountaineers, it's the linebackers. There's no way of knowing now if this is the best group in the Big East, or the nation, as some have said, so I won't...

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  25. 2009 West Virginia Football Preview: Running Backs

    First, I must apologize for falling behind on these previews. I had promised one every Friday leading up to the season kickoff on Sept. 5 vs. Liberty.But an Italian vacation interceded and forced me to miss the past two Fridays, so now I'm catching up...

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