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What You May Have Missed:
Gold and Blue Now: Monday, September 23 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen talks about his team’s woeful performance against Maryland and where they go from here. Also, comments from defensive lineman Shaq Rowell.
No. 21 Women’s Soccer Handles Wright State - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers produce three-goal win on Sunday.
Michigan Golden Goal Dooms Men’s Soccer - WVU Athletics
The WVU men's soccer team fell in overtime to Michigan.
Volleyball Wins Gold & Blue Challenge - WVU Athletics
The WVU volleyball team defeated UMBC 3-1 on Sunday.
News of Note:
Mountaineers still searching for consistency on offense - Charleston Daily Mail
"We've got to get back to our identity," the offensive coordinator said. "We've got to figure out what our identity is."
Holgorsen, WVU left searching for answers - Daily Athenaeum
The notorious offensive strategy of West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen looked anything but during the weekend. His Mountaineers struggled to move the ball in even the smallest increments and failed to put a single point on the board for the first time since he arrived in 2011.
Defense left to answer for poor showing on offense - Charleston Daily Mail
During one surreal sequence for West Virginia's offense in Saturday's loss to Maryland, the offense went four straight series without a first down.
West Virginia offense can't deliver - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The post-game reactions arrived in a flurry of words -- "whipped," "whooped," "embarrassed."
Monday morning stock report - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor examines the soggy, sloppy fallout from West Virginia's 37-0 loss to Maryland.
HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU remains team oriented after loss - Times West Virginian
“We lost on all three sides of the ball – offense, defense and special teams,” Rowell said, and when inquisitors tried to press the issue to have him say that the defense had done its job, he refused to bite. He repeated it over and over.
Tough tests await Mountaineer defense - Charleston Gazette
This much is certain, however. The Mountaineers are getting absolutely no help from their offense.
Gut-check time for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
A lot has changed for the West Virginia football team in the last 12 months. At this time in 2012, WVU was 4-0 and ranked No. 4 in the nation – led by a quarterback with Heisman aspirations and two of the best receivers in the nation.
Monday Morning Quarterback - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Should WVU fans prepare for more long Saturdays?
WVU fans are losing patience - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Not even the most die-hard, rose-colored glasses Mountaineer fan could have put a positive spin on this atrocious performance. There simply was nothing about which to brag, or get excited or optimistic.
Around the League (and Beyond):
What's On Tap:
Oklahoma State Game to be Televised on ESPN - WVillustrated
ESPN has announced that the Sept. 28 Big 12 Conference football contest against Oklahoma State at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va., will be aired on ESPN at noon, ET.
Video of Interest:
San Diego Padres 2nd baseman Jedd Gyorko is a Morgantown native and a proud WVU Alum. Gyorko patrolled the infield at Hawley Field from 2008-2010 accumulating a plethora of Mountaineer hitting records. The Padres made a recent stop at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, and Amanda Mazey had a chance to catch up with the hard hitting rookie.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Today's Miss Throwdown is a Romanian Model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Madalina Ghenea.
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- 2013 College Football TV Schedule and Game Lines, Week 4
- Campus Insiders Dana Holgorsen Exclusive: West Virginia Preview 9/20/13