Everybody's talking about Tavon (and rightfully so), plus women's hoops, rifle, Big 12 roundup & more
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What You May Have Missed:
Gold and Blue Now: Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The fallout from WVU's fifth consecutive loss highlights Monday's edition
NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Projections Week 12 - ESPN
Pinstripe vs. Cuse
San Diego Could Be In Holiday Plans - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Mountaineers fans, how does sunny San Diego sound two days after Christmas?
WVU Defeats USC Upstate - WVU Athletics
The No. 14/19 West Virginia women’s basketball team held the USC Upstate Spartans to 18 first-half points in route to a 75-45 victory at the WVU Coliseum, Saturday.
WVU Women's Basketball Interviews After Win Over USC Upstate - WVillustrated
Coach Carey, Bria Holmes & Averee Fields
No. 2 Rifle Wins at No. 4 Alaska-Fairbanks - WVU Athletics
4719-4670, Saturday night, at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range.
No. 2 Rifle Sweeps No. 4 Alaska-Fairbanks - WVU Athletics
The No. 2-ranked West Virginia University rifle team scored its second win in as many days at No. 4 Alaska-Fairbanks, defeating the Nanooks, 4716-4651, tonight, at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range.
News of Note:
West Virginia's Austin cures rushing woes - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Faced with a run game that had fizzled before it ever took off, West Virginia's coaches hatched a plan last week they thought might help them sneak by Oklahoma.
Austin at RB gives offense a new wrinkle - Charleston Gazette
"I only had two plays,'' Austin said after one of the most productive individual performances in NCAA history. "Run to the left and to the right.''
Austin shines on gloomy day - Charleston Daily Mail
"Obviously," Holgorsen said, "we should have done that prior to this."
WVU running with idea - Register-Herald
Record-setting night likely has Austin in backfield for rest of season
WVU's Austin knew no limits - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
“He is a tremendous football player and was the best player on the field."
Austin’s move to backfield will be permanent - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WVU RB set school record for most yards in a game
Austin powered - Times West Virginian
WVU speedster looks back on record game
WVU's Austin shines in loss to Sooners - Herald Dispatch/AP
"It was a good thing for me," Austin said. "But I'm still worrying about the loss."
Austin's career day not good enough in WVU's loss to Sooners - Herald Standard
Saturday night’s Tavon Austin Show perhaps elevated the 5-9, 171-pound inside receiver into that national picture.
Incredible effort, but in the end it was still a loss - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Monday Morning Quarterback
Offenses strike fast vs. Mountaineer defense - Charleston Daily Mail
"We had two timeouts and plenty of time," Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops said.
HERTZEL COLUMN: No celebrating this turkey of a defense - Times West Virginian
How many times has he said they had made one more play than West Virginia did? Enough that it really doesn’t matter any more.
Monday Morning WVU Stock Report - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Examining the ups and downs, the dividends and downticks, from West Virginia's 50-49 loss to Oklahoma
Huggins Signs Two - WVU Athletics
Nathan Adrian and Brandon Watkins have signed with the Mountaineers.
Around the League (and Beyond):
Big Ten expansion with Maryland, Rutgers motivated by TV money - Pete Thamel - SI.com
Your DUH headline of the week
What's On Tap:
Riot Bowl Week
Video of Interest:
Amanda Mazey and Jed Drenning break down Tavon Austin's record-setting night against Oklahoma at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Today's Miss Throwdown is the newest Bond girl. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of French/Cambodian actress Berenice Marlohe.