The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (9/12/11) Edition

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It's been two days and despite the second half fireworks by the WVU offense, most people are focusing on the first half. The slow start is definitely a cause for concern with the first road test this week and then the biggy at home next week. If this continues to happen, it could be a long season for the Mountaineers. As for me, I'm hoping Saturday's start was just the wake-up call needed by the players. For the degenerates among you: according to The Big East Coast Bias's Mark Ennis, the line for the Maryland game opened with WVU being a 3 point favorite, but it has already shifted to the other side as a 1 point dog.

What You May Have Missed:

Football: Coach Dana Holgorsen Teleconference - MSNsportsNET.Com
Transcript from yesterday's teleconference

Gold And Blue Now: Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In Monday's episode, WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen talks about why he wasn't pleased with his offense on Saturday, junior Tavon Austin talks about returning to his home state and Tim Gray expresses his gratitude towards Mountaineer fans after they honored his brother Chris Gray, who died in 9/11.

Football: Norfolk State Award Winners - MSNsportsNET.Com
No offensive champion this week.

Big East helmet stickers - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
Geno gets one this week

Women's Soccer: WVU Prevails In Delayed Game - MSNsportsNET.Com
1-0 over High Point

Men's Soccer: No. 8 WVU Falls at No. 6 UCSB - MSNsportsNET.Com

Men's Soccer: No. 8 WVU Plays to Draw - MSNsportsNET.Com
0-0 against Cal Poly

WVU pays tribute to former quarterback - Register-Herald
"Fifteen minutes later, they told us the plane hit the twin towers. It was like, ‘Wow! That was the plane that just flew over us,’" he said. - Doug Rigg recalling September 11, 2001

Remembering A Brother - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Chris Gray's brother was at the game Saturday to help the University pay tribute to the former Mountaineer quarterback (includes video)

College Football Quarterback Award Fan Vote - Vote O'Brien: Davey O'Brien
The fan vote site for the Davey O'Brien award is open. Swing by and cast your vote for Geno.

News of Note:

2011 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 3 - ESPN
Up 1 to #18 in AP and up several to #20 in the Coaches Poll

P.S.R. 1-120: Week 3 Re-Ranking - Pre-Snap Read
#17 here

Back To Basics - BGN
After watching video of his team's play, Holgorsen said he was happy with the effort of his players, but not with the performance.

Offense missing punch - PPG
Goal-line failure obscures outburst

HERTZEL COLUMN - Hard to forget bad first half - Times West Virginian
"It’s flat-out embarrassing. Embarrassing," Holgorsen said. "I don’t have an answer for you. If you want to say it’s scheme, it’s scheme. But we run the same stuff all the time."

WVU players get a different halftime speech from coach - Charleston Daily Mail
"We have the same system, so it's not the system. It's us. We looked at it like if this system has been successful for 10 years, then we need to make the changes and make the system successful." - Ivan McCartney on the halftime speech

Monday Morning Quarterback - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Jury still out on 2011 WVU football team

WVU must eliminate slow starts - Daily Athenaeum
Second half started with 20 plays, 5 TD's and only 1 3rd Down, h/t to Mike Casazza for that factoid

So far, defense has been WVU's stabilizing force - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
West Virginia has yet to allow a touchdown. The defense has yielded just six field goals -- two against Marshall and four vs. Norfolk State -- and allowed just three red zone appearances.

Austin hoping for happy homecoming vs. Terps - Charleston Gazette
"Yeah, it's a little different,'' Austin said. "My grandmom always tells me, 'Tavon, if you're gonna lose to a team, don't lose to Maryland.' I can't disappoint her, so I can't lose to Maryland.''

Fifth-Year Senior Transfer Leaving His Mark - WV Illustrated
WVi's Matt Allevato talks about the impact senior transfer Devon Brown has had through the first two games of the season.

Garrison runs with chance - Register-Herald
Holgorsen said Saturday he felt like Garrison gave the team a lift with his play and that Roberts probably ran the hardest of the three (and finished with 64 yards and a touchdown).

Millard makes mark in college debut - Times West Virginian
"Hopefully my dad was watching," he said. "He’d be proud."

Recruiting:

WVU Commit Nathan Adrian Excited About Decision - WV Illustrated
Nathan Adrian and Morgantown High Coach Tom Yester talk about Adrian's decision to commit to WVU. (includes video)

Around the League (and Beyond):

NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Projections Week 2 - ESPN
After Saturday's first half struggles, they dropped WVU to the Belk Bowl and moved USF up to the Orange

Big East bowl projections - Big East Blog - ESPN
Adelson still likes WVU for the Orange though

USF 37, Ball State 7: Looking Good, Billy Ray! Feeling Good, Louis! - Voodoo Five
I love a good Trading Places reference

Pitt Vs. Maine Football: 35-29 ... Really? REALLY? - Cardiac Hill
At least we recovered at halftime

FIU 24 - Louisville 17: Too Young for TY - Card Chronicle
They miss the Krag's playcalling...seriously

Vanderbilt 24, UConn 21: And there was much gnashing of teeth. - The UConn Blog

Syracuse 21, Rhode Island 14: FeChS - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Tennessee Volunteers 45 Cincinnati Bearcats 23: Disceting Tyler Bray's Disection of the Bearcats Secondary - Down The Drive

Rutgers vs. North Carolina: Scarlet Knights fail to score upset in 24-22 loss - Star Ledger

TCU handles Air Force, 35-19 - Frogs O' War

Maryland Pride Uniforms on the Auction Block - UMTerps.com
There is actually a demand for those...things

College GameDay Final: Week 2 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Maryland Game to be Televised on ESPNU - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Video of Interest:

Bruce is obviously a favorite here around the Musket and amongst WVU fans in general. Here's a video showing every snap he played against Maryland last year.


Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is 2007 POY Sara jean Underwood. Click on the picture for a 3 page gallery.

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Heartland Brewery's Stumpkin image via www.heartlandbrewery.com

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