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 Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen, because it still is and I don't back down from a challenge like this.
OK, so the offense didn't look "sexy" or "stylish" last night. But that was a decent, if not good, fast defense and given our history against that team....I'll take it everyday and twice on Thursday. I've got all the post-game coverage you could ever want, and more, inside. Also, THE BANNERS GET RAISED TONIGHT!!!! Hopefully they're just the first of many. But, you want to look back and say you were there for the first one, so come out and enjoy the festivities. If you have any tips, suggestions or requests for content that you think is worth sharing, you can send them to me by email or Twitter and don't forget to "LIKE" the Smoking Musket main page on Facebook (<--follow this link and spread the word). Sorry for the delay. Have a great weekend everybody!!! See you after the jump...
What You May Have Missed:
Luck says WVU is committed to Big East - Charleston Daily Mail
Wait and listen for the collective "DAMMIT!!" (or likely worse) rising from the state, when WVU fans read this
Men's Basketball: Priority Deadline TODAY - MSNsportsNET.Com
Don't forget to re-new your season tickets
WVU’s Carey hopes for bigger crowds - Times West Virginian
If I lived closer, I'd certainly go to some
Craig James - Twitter / @craig james
"I'm not a big fan of style points whatsoever. Get the win, turn the page, that's my philosophy." - Country Roads found this last night...interesting given the current debate this week.
Geno Smith keys West Virginia as D stymies South Florida - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos and video
Big Plays, Defense Key Mountaineer Win - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article, audio and photo gallery
WVU-USF Top Performers - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"[Jock's, ed.] 10 catches move him into second place on WVU's all-time receptions list"
Devine's vanishing act a bit puzzling - Charleston Gazette
What's so puzzling about him trying to run behind that line against a solid defense?
Bradley Starks: USF Postgame Audio - WVMetroNews.com
Starks caught his 4th touchdown of the season Thursday night.
Jeff Casteel: USF Postgame Audio - WVMetroNews.com
WVU's defensive coordinator says everyone on his defense played well Thursday night.
Geno Smith: USF Postgame Audio - WVMetroNews.com
The sophomore quarterback completed 24 of 31 passes Thursday night.
WVU vs USF Postgame Videos - WVillustrated.com
Jock, Goode, Starks, HCBS, Coach Casteel and many more
Bill Stewart: Postgame Press Conference Video - WVMetroNews.com
Stewart talks about the Mountaineers scoring drives and the play of his defense against the speedy BJ Daniels.
Jeff Casteel: USF Postgame Video - WVMetroNews.com
Casteel talks about his team's defensive success against the Bulls on Thursday night.
Najee Goode: USF Postgame Video- WVMetroNews.com
Mountaineer linebacker Najee Goode had three tackles on the night against the Bulls.
Robert Sands: USF Postgame Video - WVMetroNews.com
Sands had five tackles and an interception on Thursday night against USF.
Bradley Starks: USF Postgame Video - WVMetroNews.com
Starks talks about the touchdown catch he had in the first quarter.
Geno Smith: USF Postgame Video - WVMetroNews.com
Smith talks about the touchdowns the Mountaineers scored on offense and the way he has developed as a quarterback.
Skip Holtz: USF Head Coach, Postgame Video - WVMetroNews.com
Holtz gives his thoughts on the Mountaineers and how BJ Daniels performed.
Mark Snyder: USF Defensive Coordinator, Postgame Video - WVMetroNews.com
The former Marshall head coach talks about the way his defense performed against the Mountaineers.
Around the League (and Beyond):
What's On Tap:
Come out tonight for this evening's banner raising festivities. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with an autograph session featuring selected men’s and women’s players at the Green and Gold gates. The on-court portion of the program will begin at 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Pizza Place on ESPN and ESPN3. Cinci is giving 5.5.
Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Syracuse Orange - ESPN
Noon tomorrow from the Dome on SNY, MASN and ESPN3. Cuse is getting 1 (they were giving 1 earlier in the week).
Army Black Knights vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN
2 pm tomorrow from the New Meadowlands on ESPN 3. Army is getting 7.
Videos of Interest:
Video of (Dis)Interest:
If you missed South Park on Wednesday, you missed this classic:
And jpfanshawe sent this to me....it starts off kinda slow, but the build is worth it (despite the static image, it's not of her, but about her):
Today's Miss Throwdown is AJ Alexander of Indiana (click on the pic for a gallery).
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