Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (9/30/13) Edition

More OSU fallout, bowl projections, updates from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Sept. 30 - WV MetroNews
Clint Trickett talks about the different mentality from being a backup quarterback to the starter, Keith Patterson says that part of the defensive improvement has been coaching and that the entire defensive unit played with great effort in last Saturday’s win over Oklahoma State. Lastly, Shaq Rowell discusses why the defensive line improvement is due to the fact that the entire defense is better.

Patterson Named Athlon Coordinator of Week - DA Sports Blog
West Virginia Defensive Coordinator Keith Patterson has been named Athlon Sports’ National Coordinator of the Week following WVU’s 30-21 upset victory over No. 11 Oklahoma State.

Students react to victory, flip car on campus - Daily Athenaeum
John Bolt, spokesman for the University, said the incidents are all currently under investigation by the University Police Department.

No. 18 W. Soccer Tops No. 9 Baylor - WVU Athletics
With today’s victory, WVU remains unbeaten in all-time Big 12 Conference regular-season games, pushing its record to 9-0-1. Additionally, the Mountaineers (8-2-2, 2-0 Big 12) picked up their 11th win over a top-10 opponent in nine straight season.

Men’s Soccer Falls in MAC Opener - WVU Athletics
1-0 to No. 10 Akron

2013 bowl projections, Week 6: Bama-Oregon more solid, Sooners charge into BCS - SBNation.com
Holiday (San Diego)

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 5 - ESPN
Heart of Dallas Bowl


News of Note:

WVU must avoid Texas-sized letdown - Register-Herald
Mountaineers will try to build on momentum when they travel to No. 17 Baylor Saturday

They Shouldn't Surprise Us, But They Always Do - WVU Athletics
Well, if you watch college sports long enough and realize that what we are dealing with here are a bunch of 18, 19, 20 and 21-year-olds, then nothing should surprise us.

Was that the same WVU? - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
One wanted to make sure these were the same guys that played at Maryland the week before. Of course, they were.

Moutaineers find way to win with Trickett - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett threw for 309 yards on 50 passing attempts with a touchdown and two interceptions in the Mountaineers 30-21 win against Oklahoma State

Trickett finding a home at WVU - Times West Virginian
Trickett realized that this was simply a debut performance by him and the offense, a getting-to-know-you session, nothing like it can be, nothing like it will be.

Trickett came through for WVU - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
When his time finally came, he came through.

WVU showed ability to recover with upset win - Charleston Daily Mail
"everybody thought the sky was falling but our players."

Breaks went WVU's way against OSU - Charleston Gazette
No, it wasn't that West Virginia is suddenly some sort of juggernaut. It was simply that the Mountaineers aren't a laughingstock. They are competitive and more than capable of playing with the best teams in the Big 12.

West Virginia defense takes a stand - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Backs to the wall, the West Virginia defense answered the call.

WVU defense shines in upset win - Inter-Mountain
Mountaineers pick off two passes, recover fumble in 30-21 victory over Oklahoma State

HERTZEL COLUMN: Time for WVU’s special teams to change - Times West Virginian
And when you look who is coaching them, you find Joe DeForest, the coach who a year ago molded WVU’s defense into its worst in the school history.

Monday morning stock report: Buying a Mountaineer revival? - WV MetroNews
here’s a unit-by-unit review of how the Mountaineers reached 3-2 and remade themselves into a team that’s no longer a gimme

Defense, Trickett keys to WVU upset - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Monday Morning Quarterback

What we learned in the Big 12: Week 5 - ESPN
The Sooners notched a big nonconference road win for the Big 12, West Virginia's defense came up big in an upset of Oklahoma State, and TCU finally found some offense against SMU.

Oklahoma State vs. West Virginia 2013 reaction: Clint Trickett gets the call for the Mountaineers; issues abound for Cowboys - SBNation.com
West Virginia picked up a huge win over Oklahoma State on Saturday, injecting some energy into a team that really needed it. Oklahoma State, meanwhile, is left with some lingering problems to sort out.

Award Winners Picked for Oklahoma State - WVU Athletics
The coaching staff picks for Saturday's win.

WVU FOOTBALL PHOTOS: Relive the Thrill of the Upset - WVillustrated
Browse photos from the West Virginia Mountaineers' win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Mountaineer Field.


Pro News:

Geno Smith struggles against the Titans on the road - ProsReport
After having the best game of his young career against the Bills last week, Geno Smith may have had his worst on Sunday.

Basketball for WVUPros in Europe gets started - ProsReport
Here are the Mountaineers playing overseas this season.

Joe Alexander added to Warriors training camp roster - ProsReport
After sitting out of basketball last season, the former 8th overall draft pick was added to the Warriors' training camp roster on Friday.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Team-By-Team Notes From Week Five In Big 12 Football - Big 12 Conference

Ahmad Dixon Update: Briles Does Not Expect Missed Time - Our Daily Bears

No time for Cyclone celebration: Here comes Texas - Des Moines Register

Kansas Football: Scouting the Offense - Rock Chalk Talk

Kansas State tries to right its defense in preparation for Oklahoma State - Wichita Eagle

Sooner Defense Validates Itself Against Irish - Crimson And Cream Machine

FULL RECAP: West Virginia reveals the reality that is Oklahoma State football - Cowboys Ride For Free

From Ash to Fera to defense, revisiting Horns’ preseason questions - Austin American Statesman

After slow start, TCU offense finds new faces to rout SMU - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

New Jones AT&T Stadium Renovation Pictures: 9/29/2013 - RaiderPower.com

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel - SI.com

College GameDay Final: Week 5 - ESPN


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