Post-Game Hangover & Knee Jerk Reaction - Marshall Edition (9/5/11)

    While our final grades will come this Wednesday, here are my initial thoughts on yesterday's game:

    • Mountaineer Mantrip was a success.  There is room for improvement (mainly on the fans part) but this was a good start.
    • Initial reports of beer sales being less than anticipated due to the heat.  Even so, I think the concerns voiced in the off-season were overblown.
    • Weirdest game I've ever sat through, weather-wise.
    • Geno looked as poised as ever, even when flushed from the pocket.
    • Offensive line still has room for improvement, but no longer appear to be "soft" as a former Mountaineer lineman said to me yesterday.
    • In conjunction with the line play, the running game is a work in progress, but flashes were there.
    • Defense may not be as good as last year, but still extremely solid...with many youngsters playing.
    • Special teams coverage looked solid, except for one time and that one time killed them.
    • Return game looks to be improved.  Tavon could score several more here this year.
    • Kicking game was solid as Smith had a couple real nice punts and Bitancurt hit all of his kicks.

    Overall, I thought it was a good effort for the first game.  There is plenty of room for improvement and I'm glad there are still two more games to get things corrected before LSU comes to town.  All of the media coverage I could dig up is after the jump.

    Recaps and Features:

    Football: Joint University Statement - MSNsportsNET.Com
    A joint statement by West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck and Marshall University Athletic Director Mike Hamrick:

    No. 24 W. Virginia gets best of Marshall in storm-shortened opener - ESPN
    Recap, stats, video, etc

    Lightning Strikes; Herd Loses Thunder - WVMETRONEWS.COM
    Recap, gallery and audio of HCDH's post game presser

    WVU vs. Marshall Game Recap -

    WVU Stayed Active, Positive During Lightning Delays -

    Coal Bowl: No. 24 WVU pulls away from Marshall in shortened season opener - Charleston Daily Mail

    Coal Bowl: ‘There’s just no reason to put these kids back out on this field’ - Charleston Daily Mail
    with video

    Coal Bowl notebook: Marshall’s Booker pays tribute to Evans not once, but twice - Charleston Daily Mail
    Bogaczyk's notebook

    Coal Bowl: Plenty is expected from Holgorsen, Cato in the future - Charleston Daily Mail

    Some Coal Bowl fans hang tough during lightning delays - Charleston Daily Mail

    Mountaineers storm to weather-shortened victory against in-state rival Marshall - PPG

    Taken by storm - Charleston Gazette
    WVU's 34-13 win over Marshall comes after long lightning delays; plug pulled early in 4th quarter

    Chiming in on a striking night - Charleston Gazette

    WVU notebook: Passing OK, but WVU running attack missing - Charleston Gazette

    A Wild Win - BGN

    Holgorsen era starts with WVU win in weather-shortened game - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    WVU Offense Still A Work In Progress - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

    Stormy start - Times West Virginian

    HERTZEL COLUMN - A debut not like any other - Times West Virginian

    Many firsts in Holgorsen’s WVU debut - Times West Virginian

    Delays can’t stop WVU QB Smith - Register-Herald

    Herd’s Holliday: ‘I had no choice’ - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

    WVU must improve on opener - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

    Mother Nature strikes again - Martinsburg Journal

    Beer sales make debut at WVU - Charleston Daily Mail

    Fans Mixed On Beer At Milan Pusker Stadium (Video) - WVMETRONEWS.COM
    The fans had mixed reviews on selling alcohol at a college event.  Some people feel it gives Milan Puskar Stadium and professional feel and some feel it's taking away from the college atmosphere.



    Photos from the 2011 Friends of Coal Bowl -



    Dana Holgorsen - MSNsportsNET.Com
    West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's postgame remarks following Sunday's 34-13 win over Marshall.

    Video: Marshall Postgame - BGN
    HCDH, Barclay, Goode and Geno

    Quarterback Geno Smith - MSNsportsNET.Com
    Geno Smith's postgame comments following Sunday's 34-13 win over Marshall.

    Linebacker Najee Goode - MSNsportsNET.Com
    Najee Goode's postgame comments following Sunday's 34-13 win over Marshall.

    Mountaineer Mantrip Video -

    Sights And Sounds: Mountaineer Mantrip - WVMETRONEWS.COM
    gallery and video

    Tales from the Tailgates: WVU vs. Marshall -

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