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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Kent St. Hangover (11/16/11) Edition

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We have all of the bad and ugly from yesterday's loss to Kent St. (notice the good was missing). There's plenty of interviews and videos to get through. Back on the football side of things, the second off-week of the year is underway and we have Coach Holgorsen's presser video and a couple Mountaineers are on the verge of breaking some records (school and Big East).

Gold And Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Bob Huggins goes philosophical, the Mountaineers seniors talk about what the freshmen need to do to be successful, the WVU football has a new perspective on the season and another Miramar player is coming to Morgantown

Kent State Hangover:

Kent St. 70, West Virginia 60 - ESPN
Recap, stats, video etc

Kent State 70, West Virginia 60 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Kent State’s backcourt trio of Carlton Guyton, Randal Holt and Michael Porrini combined to score 41 points to lead the Golden Flashes to a 70-60 victory over West Virginia in a Tuesday morning college basketball game at the WVU Coliseum.

West Virginia Falls To Kent State - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap, gallery and video

Crumbled - BGN
West Virginia’s season is not even a week old, but the Mountaineers have already experienced the peaks and valleys that may characterize their 2011-12 season.

Egg on their faces - Charleston Gazette
As it turns out, West Virginia had little trouble getting started Tuesday morning in its odd 10 a.m. game with Kent State. Finishing it, though, was another matter entirely.

WVU Freshmen Stopped Competing in Loss to Kent State - WVillustrated
"We got to get them to recognize their worth on this team," Senior Forward Kevin Jones stated. "Because me and Truck and Turk know a lot of things, but aren't going to be able to get it all done by ourselves."

Mountaineers fall to Kent State - Times West Virginian
Kilicli felt it was the younger guys who hadn’t put forth the necessary effort, who had not gotten the message of how it is in big-time college basketball. "Tomorrow they will," he said. "If they still don’t get it, they won’t have any legs and won’t be able to walk out of here. That’s not what’s going to happen."

Mountaineers Share Blame in Second Half Collapse - WVillustrated
"And put in who? You stand there where I stand and look down that bench, you'd probably come to the same conclusion that I did," says Huggins.

WVU basketball: Mountaineers lose control, fall to Golden Flashes - Charleston Daily Mail
"I think I played a bad game," said Bryant, after the Mid-American Conference's Golden Flashes ended WVU's school-record 36-game winning streak against non-conference foes at home.

WVU basketball: Youth exposed by Kent State - Charleston Daily Mail
"I asked them after the game, 'Are you freshmen or are you players?' " Huggins said.

Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Kent State Game Recap - WVillustrated
West Virginia led 33-28 at halftime, but a dominating second half by the Golden Flashes led to the Mountaineers' first loss of the season.

Kent St. Stuns WVU - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Kent State took West Virginia's ball and went home.

Loss no laughing matter to WVU players - Charleston Gazette
after the Golden Flashes outscored the Mountaineers 42-27 in the second half and won 70-60, the obvious joke surfaced: Too bad nobody woke up West Virginia's team.

Truck out of gear in WVU loss - Charleston Gazette
WVU senior guard Truck Bryant had one of those days on Tuesday. One of those very bad days on the home court.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Early game a rude awakening for West Virginia - Times West Virginian
"There are a lot of years you could say they got cheated here, but I don’t think they are getting cheated. We are playing people," Huggins said. "All I heard when I got here was we have to play a better schedule. Now we’re playing a better schedule."

MAC Basketball Review: "They Will Crumble" - Hustle Belt
"They will crumble," said Rob Senderoff at halftime. This was the mantra of an insanely fun MAC basketball day.

Sloppy play continues to haunt WVU - Daily Athenaeum
"Basketball's been my life. I grew up in the gym with my father," he said. "If you come try to steal my ball, I'm going to bust you in the mouth. You're not going to take my ball.

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks about Tuesday morning's loss to Kent State.

VIDEO: Kent State Post Game Interviews - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Turk, Truck, Hinds and KJ

PHOTO GALLERY: WVU vs. Kent State - WVillustrated

What You May Have Missed:

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen reviews the Cincinnati win and talks about his team's plans for the open week.

WVU still in mix for Big East championship - Inter-Mountain
Mountaineers in a six-team race for title

Quotes from Coach: Offense Falling Short of Expectations - WVillustrated
Dana Holgorsen discussed a number of issues that have held his team back in his weekly press conference, including the slow progression on offense.

NCAA College Football Power Rankings Week 11 - ESPN
Just outside looking in

Oklahoma State, Oregon rise in music video Power Rankings - Andy Staples -
"Turn Around" and see which video he picked for WVU at #24

Rifle: WVU Reclaims No. 2 Ranking - MSNsportsNET.Com
One week after dropping to No. 3, the West Virginia University rifle team reclaimed the No. 2 spot on this week’s College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll.

NFL Week 10 Recap - WVU Pros
Caleb's weekly report

News of Note:

WVU football: Mountaineers regain edge that’s been missing - Charleston Daily Mail
Louisville played with an edge. WVU has lacked that edge most of the season and allowed Johnson to get away with the sarcastic smooches. This is not to say there should have been retribution. This is to say it should have never happened in the first place.

WVU players respond to Holgorsen challenge - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Despite not playing their best game of the year, the Mountaineers came away with a win over Big East-leading Cincinnati to remain in the conference title hunt.

Work in Progress - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia has made dramatic improvement in almost every offensive category this year. The Mountaineers have increased their scoring average from 25.2 points per game in 2010 to 36.8 this year.

WVU offense is struggling up front - PPG
Holgorsen: Line needs to get better

Offensive line looks to improve in Brawl after disappointing performance against Cincinnati - Daily Athenaeum
"None of them played good enough to win," Holgorsen said of his offensive linemen's play against Cincinnati. "We'll leave it at that, but they need to get better."

Holgorsen will take ‘lucky’ win - Register-Herald
"Sure, why not?" Holgorsen said Monday, when asked if his team was lucky to win.

WVU hopes this bye week turns out better - Charleston Gazette
The last time West Virginia's football team enjoyed a week off the Mountaineers took it a bit too far.

WVU looks to accomplish a lot during bye week - Daily Athenaeum
"We'll have a good week of academics and (look at) practicing a lot of the younger kids, getting a jump start on the Pitt game, giving them a day or two off, and then coming back and getting ready to work on Saturday morning," he said.

Slow starters - Times West Virginian
"It has gone slower than at the other places," he admitted. "It’s been more like at Texas Tech in 2000 than at Houston or Oklahoma State where their philosophies were similar (before Holgorsen arrived)."

Big East record watch - Big East Blog - ESPN
Geno has the chance to break a plethora of records this season

Bailey is just seven shy of WVU’s yardage record - Times West Virginian
The 5-foot-10, 192-pound sophomore from Miami, has caught 57 passes for 1,037 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games. David Saunders set the yardage record with 1,043 in 1996.

Special teams comes through for WVU - Big East Blog - ESPN
It was the first blocked field goal for West Virginia since 2004, but more importantly it gave the special-teams unit some positive headlines for once.

WVU Football Interviews: Bye Week - WVillustrated
Bruce, Rader, Rigg and Eain


Another Miramar Recruit To West Virginia - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The pipeline from Miramar High School in Florida to West Virginia continues as the Mountaineers Tuesday received a verbal commitment from receiver Devonte Mathis to this year's football recruiting class

Around the League (and Beyond):

BYU football: Cougars invited to join Big East, but have not accepted invitation...yet - Deseret News

Charlie Strong is not a fan of the video game world - Card Chronicle
Why couldn't this video game have been released 1 week earlier?

Can We Stop With The Stoner Based Munchie Legaux Puns Now? - Down The Drive
In a word....NO

Rutgers players know Big East title is within reach heading into Cincinnati game - Star Ledger

Pitt's Graham is quick to point out team's potential - PPG

Syracuse University football tight end Nick Provo is one of eight Mackey Award semifinalists - Post Standard

UConn Bracing For Always-Tough Louisville - Hartford Courant

USF Wounded Warrior Uniforms Officially Released - Voodoo Five

Wojo's weekly effort

What's On Tap:

Men’s Soccer To Host NCAAs - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University men’s soccer team will make its 2011 NCAA Tournament debut on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The Mountaineers will play host to Xavier in the first round for the second-consecutive season.

Video of Interest:

Host Tony Caridi and Analyst Jed Drenning review Saturday's Conference victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats, and look ahead to the Backyard Brawl.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Two of my favorites, together at last:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Dutch Vicky's model Doutzen Kroes. Click on the picture for today's gallery and the source link for a bonus gallery.

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