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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (9/26/11) Edition

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West Virginia showed it can hang with the big boys of college football Saturday, despite the lopsided final score on the field. On the field, WVU has enough talent and the right coaches to compete. Yet at the same time, WVU doesn't have enough talent to make the mistakes they did and still win the game. Off the field, at the College GameDay set, around the stadium and in the stadium Saturday night, the Mountaineer faithful put on an wonderful display for the opposition and the nation to see. Despite the loss Saturday, I don't know of a prouder time for me to call myself a Mountaineer.

Your daily coverage awaits...

What You May Have Missed:

Football: Coach Dana Holgorsen Teleconference - MSNsportsNET.Com

Gold And Blue Now: Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The Mountaineers look ahead to Bowling Green, the university gets ready for the return of some of its greatest quarterbacks this upcoming weekend and the Mountaineer basketball team gets another commitment.

2011 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 5 - ESPN
#22 AP & #23 Coaches

NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Projections Week 4 - ESPN
Belk Bowl is the pick for both here this week

Big East bowl projections - Big East Blog - ESPN
But Adelson still likes WVU for the BCS bid

LSU Highlights - MSNsportsNET.Com

Coaches Talk About Change in Big East - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Huggins, Dixon, give learning session at WJU

Talley Honored At Luncheon - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and audio

Darryl Talley Luncheon Interviews - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video with Talley, Cornelius Bennett, Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith

Rodriguez Wins It In Overtime - MSNsportsNET.Com
An overtime goal from Bri Rodriguez and standout play from goalkeeper Sara Keane pushed the No. 23-ranked West Virginia women’s soccer team past visiting Rutgers, 1-0, Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 1,375 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

News of Note:

2011 Tigers don’t deal in imaginary numbers – Campus Union
Holly from EDSBS is doing a blog for SI and this is her entry from our game Saturday. The whole thing is very good, but if you don't read anything else I post here today, read the last paragraph of this one.

Mathieu interception the difference-maker for LSU - Charleston Daily Mail
"I didn't see him," left tackle Don Barclay said. "The guy made a great play."

Prolific offensive showing can't overcome turnovers - PPG
"We can move the ball against anyone. Basically, that's how we feel," said West Virginia offensive lineman Don Barclay. "They're a great defense, probably one of the best we'll see all year."

Smith piled up yards, not enough points - Charleston Daily Mail
"Take care of the ball and put up enough points, and we didn't put up enough points tonight."

HERTZEL COLUMN: Geno wasn’t the better quarterback - Times West Virginian
In Lee’s case, he had to run the offense, but not necessarily BE the offense.

Despite stats, WVU's Austin is not satisfied - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"I think it was fine, the plays that I made," he said, "but it started off with me. I had the second turnover, and they scored off of that."

WVU couldn't maintain momentum - Charleston Daily Mail
Field position was critical, too. WVU was hurt by punts that covered 14, 32 and 27 yards and decisions to let LSU punts roll into the WVU red zone and toward the goal line. LSU's average starting field position was its own 48-yard line. WVU's was it its own 15.

Mountaineers moving forward - Charleston Gazette
After mistake-filled loss to LSU, No. 22 West Virginia turns attention to Bowling Green

Frank Giardina's Top Ten List from WVU-LSU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Plenty of positives in Mountaineers home loss to LSU

The Day After: LSU - BGN
Sometimes coaches see things differently after watching game video, but West Virginia's problems during the contest were so pronounced that the coaching staff saw them right off the bat.

Back to work - Times West Virginian
Mountaineers set out to fix mistakes

Goals still within WVU’s reach - Register-Herald
Morrison's Notebook

Holgorsen: ‘Outplayed, outcoached’ - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Four turnovers cost WVU against LSU on Saturday

WVU fans show pride and passion - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
the verdict is in when it comes to the appearance presented to a national television audience by WVU, the city of Morgantown and the state of West Virginia. And, it is a positive one.


Mountaineers get commitment from Huntington Prep’s Macon - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins has landed a commitment from four-star recruit Elijah Macon, according to Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Toledo Administration Officially Requests Its Game Against Syracuse Be Vacated - Big East Coast Bias
Due to the blown call on the Krautman extra point, Toledo has officially requested that the game vs. Syracuse be vacated.

Syracuse 33 - Toledo 30 (OT): Call Them What You Want, Just Don't Call Them Boring - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

USF Beats UTEP In Most Dissatisfying 52-24 Win In Recent Memory - Voodoo Five

UConn Beats Buffalo, 17-3 - Hartford Courant

Mohamed Sanu 38, Ohio 26 - On the Banks

Notre Dame 15, Pitt 12: Well, That Sucked - Cardiac Hill

Film Study: The Heavy Package - Down The Drive
Cincinnati Bearcats Film Study: The Heavy Package

Louisville's Dominique Brown draws comparisons to Michael Bush - Courier-Journal

Texas A&M Aggies hit tipping point in bolting for SEC - ESPN
Finally join the SEC officially yesterday

South Carolina Gamecocks president would like SEC to expand to only 14 teams - ESPN

College GameDay Final: Week 4 - ESPN

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

Video of Interest:

For those who missed it, here's the most recent America's Got Talent winner, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. singing the anthem at the game Saturday:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Spanish model Alba Carillo. Click on her picture for today's gallery.

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