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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (11/14/11) Edition

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With the Backyard Brawl looming in the near distance, the Mountaineer football squad has another weekend off coming up, which likely makes for a slow news week. We do still have some more fall out from the Cincy game to get through though. The WVU men, if you aren't aware, are being featured in ESPN's 24 hour marathon of basketball tomorrow morning when they take on Kent State, which leads to:

Programming Note: Likely NO SHOTGUN/THROWDOWN tomorrow, as I'm planning on going to the morning basketball game, but there will be a game thread in it's place.

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Mountaineer players say they are more motivated than ever to finish the season strong, a former WVU great stops by to gives his take on this year's defense and Bob Huggins talks about how his young team is doing early in the season.

2011 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 12 - ESPN
#23 Coaches, just outside AP and not ranked BCS

Big East bowl projections: Week 12 - Big East Blog - ESPN

2011 College Bowl Projections and Schedules - ESPN
Belk here too

Hokies Prevail In NCAA First Round - MSNsportsNET.Com
A strong first half and early goal was enough to push Virginia Tech past ninth-ranked West Virginia, 1-0, Saturday evening in the first round of the NCAA Championship at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

News of Note:

WVU was prepared for OT against Cincinnati - Charleston Daily Mail
"We had the discussion." Holgorsen said. "I can't tell you, but we had the discussion. Call plays that work."

Injured Cincinnati QB bad news for Bearcats - Charleston Daily Mail
To get back into the Big East Conference football race, West Virginia had to tackle two teams. Those clubs were the Mountaineers themselves, first, before getting around to the league-leading and then-No. 23 Cincinnati.

Finding a way to win - Charleston Gazette
Despite mistakes, Mountaineers got job done vs. Cincy

Defense made plays at right times against Cincinnati - Daily Athenaeum
Offenses may be able to pile up yards and put together good drives against the Mountaineers from time to time, but they rarely come away with a lot of points. That's changed the last few weeks.

Monday Morning Quarterback - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineers survive attrition battle

Down to two - Times West Virginian
WVU’s fate to be decided in coming weeks

Julian Miller Making an Impact for WVU Defense - WVillustrated
His sacks may be down, but the senior defensive lineman continues to make his presence felt for the Mountaineers.

Football Notebook - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia’s defense is lot closer to being a pretty good unit than you might think.

WEST VIRGINIA: Attitude check figures in dramatic win - PPG
The 24-21 win came on the heels of a week where players looked one another in the eye and the coaching staff stressed energy and effort.


Recruit bump from Big 12? - Charleston Gazette
Defensive back is WVU’s 18th commitment for football

Around the League (and Beyond):

What we learned in the Big East: Week 11 - Big East Blog - ESPN

Zach Collaros Lost For Season, Worst Fears Confirmed - Down The Drive

Rutgers outlasts Army 27-12 - On the Banks

Every Day Should Be Friday: USF 37, Syracuse 17 - Voodoo Five

South Florida 37 - Syracuse 17: Perhaps We Are Who We Thought We Were - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Pittsburgh 21 - Louisville 14: Home-Field Disadvantage - Card Chronicle

Pitt Football: Panthers Still Alive After Win Against Louisville - Cardiac Hill

College GameDay Final: Week 11 - ESPN

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

Kent State Golden Flashes vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
10 am tomorrow from the Coliseum on ESPN.

Men's Basketball: Mini Packages on Sale Monday - MSNsportsNET.Com
There will be two sets of ticket packages for purchase. The Gold package will include the Villanova, Rutgers, Pitt, Louisville and DePaul games for a price of $150 per package. The Blue package will include the Georgetown, Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Marquette games for a price of $118 per package.

Men's Basketball: Kent State Parking Info - MSNsportsNET.Com
Since it's unusual to have a mid-morning game, officials want fans, students and employees to be aware of the following academic, workplace and parking procedures - for that morning only:

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Polish beauty. Click on the picture for today's gallery of Monika Pietrasinska.

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