The Shotgun/Throwdown: Morehead Hangover (11/23/11) Edition

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Is it just me or does Morehead hangover sounds like such a wonderful, pleasant experience? I digress...

Today, we have as much coverage of the Mountaineer victory in Charleston last night as I could find, (without being completely redundant). Back on the football side of things, the Brawl is, of course, at center stage and rightfully so. More attention is being paid to Stedman, Tavon and Geno being on the cusp of several records as well. All of this and more...

Safe travels to any and all out and about the next few days!!

Programming note: Full schedule of posts today and there WILL be a Shotgun/Throwdown tomorrow and the weekly Pick 'Em Gauntlet post

Morehead Hangover:

West Virginia 83, Morehead St. 48 - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

West Virginia 83, Morehead State 48 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Kevin Jones scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead West Virginia to an 83-48 victory over Morehead State Tuesday night at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va.

Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Morehead St. Game Recap - WVillustrated
Kevin Jones led all scorers with 23 points and the West Virginia Mountaineers defeated the Morehead State Eagles 83-48 on Tuesday night.

WVU Soars Past Eagles - BGN

WVU routs Morehead, 83-48, in Charleston - Times West Virginian
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins is seeing slow improvement out of a freshman-dominated lineup.

Mountaineers cruise - Charleston Gazette
Jones gets 23 points, 10 boards as WVU runs past Morehead State

WVU basketball: Mountaineers force 23 turnovers on way to easy victory - Charleston Daily Mail
"I know we're playing hard when I start breathing hard," Bryant said. "I told them at one point in the second half, 'You've got to give me a break. Stop going full-court for a minute. We're up by 30. Relax for a minute.' "

WVU manhandles Morehead State - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Jones scores team-high 23 points

‘Tragic Johnson’ all smiles this night - Charleston Gazette
"I'm really surprised that we're improving that fast, that quick,'' Kilicli said. "Two games ago I was really not happy. But I think they needed that. They responded pretty good. If they continue like that we'll be a dangerous team. We'll be a good team.''

WVU basketball: New faces again, but it’s different this time around for Huggins - Charleston Daily Mail
In one way, you could say that Bob Huggins' 30th season as a college head basketball coach might remind him of his 11th. Then, in so many ways, that comparison to 20 seasons ago doesn't work.

Young Mountaineers Learning to Win Early in Season - WVillustrated
It's only four games into the schedule and West Virginia is faced with a new teaching point. The roster full of youth must now learn to handle prosperity.

Browne Stepping Up For WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article, video and gallery

Morehead State Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 83-48 victory over Morehead State Tuesday night in Charleston, W.Va.

Video: Morehead State Postgame - BGN
Deniz, KJ and Truck

VIDEO: Mountaineer Player Interviews - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Huggs, Williamson, KJ, Brown, Truck and Browne

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Morehead St. - BGN


What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Bob Huggins talks about the development of the freshmen after their victory against Morehead State, the Mountaineer football players talk about how important this year's "Backyard Brawl" is and Frank Giardina gives his take on the Mountaineers' season.

Pitt Vs. West Virginia: Backyard Brawl Q&A Edition With Smoking Musket - Cardiac Hill
Our version is running later today

Big East Files Notice of Bona Fide Defense in WVU Lawsuit - WVillustrated
Conference notifies West Virginia it will respond by Dec. 5.

Big East Football Power Rankings Week 13 - The UConn Blog
On top

NFL Week 11 Recap: Adam Jones Has a Surprise Start - WVU Pros

Musings Of A Mountain Man: November 22, 2011 - WVillustrated
Random thoughts while wondering if Natalie Wood isn't still alive and hiding out as Chaz Bono.

News of Note:

Brawl is always a big game - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WVU's Dana Holgorsen may not understand the importance of Friday night's 104th meeting between his Mountaineers and arch-rival Pittsburgh holds, but you can bet he will if his team suffers its fourth loss of the season and loses any hope of capturing the Big East championship and an automatic berth in the BCS.

Please don’t end the brawl - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
When the football teams representing West Virginia and Pittsburgh meet at Mountaineer Field on Friday night, it will be the 104th time the Mountaineers and Panthers have met on the gridiron.

A New Twist on the Backyard Brawl - AthlonSports.com
Holgorsen and Graham will meet Nov. 25 in Morgantown for the first time as direct head coaching adversaries. The Backyard Brawl didn’t need any more fuel, but it’s about to get some. No matter how nicely the two men speak about each other.

Current Brawl coaches have long history - Times West Virginian
But in many ways what is most intriguing is the cross-breeding among the coaches, making this game as intriguing from a personality aspect as it is from a personnel aspect.

Stopping Sunseri key for WVU - Charleston Gazette
"He's elevated his game in the last few weeks,'' said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen.

West Virginia is focused on Pitt quarterback - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"Hassle him as much as we can," Irvin said, when asked the key to stopping the Panthers.

WVU football: Defensive fronts key to ‘Backyard Brawl’ - Charleston Daily Mail
"Cincinnati was probably the worst game we've played as an offensive line, but we've learned going back through things and it was a good way for us to get back to where we need to be."

WVU's Austin puts stamp on returns - PPG
The most soft-spoken player on the West Virginia football team speaks loudly in the return game.

Record book beckons for WVU’s Smith, Bailey, Austin - Charleston Gazette
Well, don't expect anything extravagant when the records begin falling Friday night while West Virginia plays Pitt in the 104th Backyard Brawl.

WVU football: Bailey on cusp of breaking single-season receiving record - Charleston Daily Mail
One the two eyeballed was the 1,043 yards David Saunders had in 1996.

West Virginia wide receiver coming up big - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Stedman Bailey is driven by his critics.

Linebacker Najee Goode - Mountaineer TV
Senior linebacker Najee Goode talks about what Pitt offensive players the defense needs to focus on this week.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Expansion: BYU Appears Unlikely To Join The Big East - Big East Coast Bias
ROFLMAO....wow, and Marinatto still has a job how?

Backyard Brawl could be a day at the track - PPG

Buying in has paid off big for young Louisville football team - Courier-Journal

Daniels doesn't practice, but isn't ruled out vs. Louisville - Tampa Tribune

Slipping Bearcats say they are just fine - Cincinnati Enquirer

Syracuse vs. Cincinnati: Doug Marrone Trying To Fix 'Adverse Situation' - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Rutgers Is Final Home UConn Football Game For Seniors - Hartford Courant

Rutgers' offensive line is making strides - Star Ledger

Source: Meyer agrees to OSU job - KWMG

BMOC - ESPN
Wojo's weekly Top 20 items of interest

Thanksgiving Power Rankings - Andy Staples - SI.com
Just outside

What's On Tap:

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. (5) Syracuse Orange - Preview - ESPN
9:30 pm tonight on ESPN2.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Hump Day Video of the Week:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Romanian model Catrinel Menghia. Click on her picture and source link for a double shot of galleries today.

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