The Shotgun/Throwdown: Labor Day (9/3/12) Edition

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Aguila beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Today we have more reactions and a few things you may have missed in the win over Marshall on Saturday, including some cool stats and an awesome gif. Geno's Heisman attention is certainly increasing and he was named a national player of the week. With Baylor's blowout win last night, the Big 12 had a perfect weekend. High fives all around. It's nice to be part of a conference that can at least beat FCS opponents (<=this will never get old). We also have some WVU soccer results from the weekend and Caleb gives us a rundown of the final NFL roster cuts involving Mountaineers. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday everyone!!

What You May Have Missed:

Blog: Football - WVUsports.com
Marshall Award Winners and Geno Earns National Player of the Week

Week One Heisman Watch: Matt Barkley on top, Denard Robinson drops - CBSSports.com
Geno at #3

Heisman watch: Matt Barkley on top, but Geno Smith, others state case - Sporting News
Smith was on a lot of preseason Heisman lists, but suddenly he seems like the biggest threat to Barkley.

WVU Coach Robert Gillespie Mic'd Up - WVillustrated
See the WVU running backs coach in action during the team's prep for Marshall.

College Football: Most Points from the Season’s Closing Game to the Next Season’s Opener - FootballGeography.com
WVU's last 2 efforts check them in at #9 and also the only team in the top ten from the modern era

BUIE MASSIVE BLOCK | Football | Sports GIFs
Title basically says it all

WVU Drops Close Match - WVUsports.com
Following a two hour rain delay, the No. 9 West Virginia University men’s soccer team fell, 1-0, to No. 15 Wake Forest on Sunday evening at Spry Stadium in the conclusion Nike Carolina Classic.

WVU, Miami Play to a Draw - WVUsports.com
The No. 24 West Virginia women’s soccer team played Miami to a 0-0 draw on Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in game two of the WVU 90 Minute Classic.

Mountaineers On NFL Rosters Following the Preseason - WVU Pros
We recap the craziness that was Cutdown Friday in the NFL.

Jerry West Discusses Returning to West Virginia - WVillustrated
See what the Mountaineer great had to say about returning to his home state and his advice for Da'Sean Butler.


News of Note:

WVU's Austin leaves a lasting impression - Charleston Daily Mail
Fifty-two seconds passed between the end of the long run and the short touchdown. Not 52 game seconds, but 52 actual seconds.

WVU shows offensive balance in rout - Charleston Daily Mail
Redd and Casazza Notebook

West Virginia: Balance stands for spreading the wealth - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
This coaching staff doesn't define balance as a split between the run game and pass game, so despite glaring statistical balance -- 331 rushing yards to 324 passing yards -- they believe it's more important to spread the ball to as many players as possible.

WVU running game surprises Herd - Charleston Daily Mail
"Our goal is to have single-digit missed tackles," Holliday said. "We probably didn't have that in the first quarter."

Record-Setting Day - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Alston, O-line top list of performances in WVU’s win

Alston is back in stride for West Virginia - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Notebook

Rich get richer - Times West Virginian
Running game improves the WVU offense

Defending the defense - Charleston Gazette
WVU coaches look beyond the stats in judging performance vs. Herd

WVU defense leaves something to be desired - Register-Herald
In his postgame press conference Saturday, Holgorsen was willing to admit that the results were far from perfect, but he also said the performance may not have been as bad as it looked.

Monday Morning WVU Stock Report - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Examining the ups and downs, the dividends and downticks, from West Virginia's 69-34 season-launching win over Marshall:

HERTZEL COLUMN: Positives vs. negatives in WVU debut - Times West Virginian
Indeed, while the offense was scoring 69 points, the defense was giving up 34.


What's On Tap:

Off week boredom, but we will do our best to keep ourselves and you entertained.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 1 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Time to look back on the week that was in the Big 12

Big 12 TV deals with Fox, ESPN could be done by end of the week - Dallas Morning News
"I fully anticipate we’ll have an announcement in the next five or six days," Bowlsby said. "We’re very much at the end of the 11th hour and we expect to get it done in the next few days."

Baylor blasts SMU 59-24 in season-opening win. - Our Daily Bears

ISU’s short gains make for Tulsa’s long day - Ames Tribune

Kansas wins 31-17 in Weis’ debut - Kansas City Star

K-State races past Missouri State 51-9 - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma 24 - UTEP 7: We'll Take The Win But There's Still A Lot Of Work To Do! - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys dismantle Savannah State, 84-0 - Oklahoman

Post-Game React: Texas 37 Wyoming 17 - Burnt Orange Nation

Post Game Thoughts | Northwestern St. 6, Texas Tech 44 - Double-T Nation

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 2 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Fiesta

College GameDay Final: Week 1 - ESPN
Couple of mentions here

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel - SI.com


Animated Drive Chart:

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a South American stunner. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Colombian model Jessica Cediel.


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