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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (9/27/11) Edition

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LSU week is now fully behind us and now the attention is turned to Bowling Green. Have the Falcons taken what was predicted to be Maryland's place as the proverbial trap game on the schedule? If you're not aware, Bowling Green is scoring points and racking up yards by the bunches. WVU must regain focus and not let the LSU loss linger anymore than it already has.

Today's coverage features lots of love for Geno along with receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. There's plenty inside, as usual...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In Tuesday's episode, Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson talks about the challenge his team will have against WVU's high powered offense, Kyle Wiggs updates what's going on in the Big East Conference and Hoppy Kercheval breaks down some numbers on WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mountain State makes strong impression - Times West Virginian
On Metro News morning talk show Monday Jason Ramezan, the vice president of the LSU Alumni Association, said: “I’ve been to every SEC venue. You guys rank right up there when it comes to gameday atmosphere. Kudos to your fans and your students. They were very, very impressive. I walked away from there saying, ‘Wow, that place was loud.’”

Pittsburgh man, others attacked in traffic after weekend game in Morgantown - Charleston Daily Mail
These types of people are an absolute cancer on our showing Saturday night

Plenty of people saw LSU top WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
In addition to the largest home crowd since stadium renovations in 2004, No. 22 West Virginia's primetime game against then-No. 2 LSU was the highest-rated game of the weekend.

One down, one to go: Who’s the lucky No. 14 in SEC expansion? - Dr. Saturday

NCAA College Football Power Rankings Week 4 - ESPN

Big East Power Rankings: Week 5 - Big East Blog - ESPN
#2 here

Big East Football Power Rankings: Week 5 - The UConn Blog
#2 here as well

VSR: Kopecky Named Student-Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
Varsity Sports Report

News of Note:

WVU looks to get by loss to LSU - Register-Herald
“There is a natural little hangover that comes with that whether you win or lose.”

Loss to LSU should be wakeup call for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
Yet understand that was a game that got away from WVU, too. It was in doubt just twice, first when it was 0-0 and then when the LSU found itself ahead just 27-21. The Tigers controlled the time immediately after both.

WVU looks to avoid trap game - Times West Virginian
The first realization that WVU has to make is that Bowling Green is for real.

Holgorsen: WVU needs to play smart - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineers turn attention to Bowling Green Falcons

Offense proved a lot against LSU - Daily Athenaeum
There were a lot of bad things that could be taken from No. 22 West Virginia’s 47-21 loss to No. 1 LSU Saturday - four turnovers, missed tackles and twice as many penalties as LSU. But there was a lot of good that came from the game, especially concerning the offense.

West Virginia still has goals ahead - Big East Blog - ESPN
"We're going to get past this," West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith said

Harris: WVU's Smith's loyalty runs deep - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"The sky's the limit. Last Saturday night was just the start of him continuing to get better and better," said former West Virginia standout linebacker Damon Cogdell, who coached Smith at Miramar High School in suburban Miami.

Strides To Be Made - BGN
Geno Smith set school records in several passing categories on Saturday against LSU’s vaunted defense, including yardage in a single game. That’s an impressive enough feat, given the opponent. But what should truly concern WVU’s opponents -- starting this week with Bowling Green -- is that Dana Holgorsen insists the quarterback can get better still.

Geno Smith: A Guy Pitt Fans Can Admire - Cardiac Hill
This had to pain him to write this. Expect no such article from us in the nea....EVER

Austin, Bailey ‘elevated their game’ against LSU - Charleston Gazette
Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey had already put up some gaudy numbers this season. But they'd not done it against the likes of LSU cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne.

Austin Displays His Talent on College Football's Biggest Stage - WV Illustrated
If any fan watching Saturday evening's showdown with LSU wasn't familiar with Tavon Austin, they are now.

Special teams top list of things WVU must fix - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

A SAMPLE OF WEST VIRGINIA RADIO - Every Day Should Be Saturday
As @APBandCo noted on twitter...our tailgate owned the internet yesterday and it continues a bit today

SEC Expansion: Five Strong Arguments For West Virginia, Live From Morgantown - SB Nation Atlanta
Steven Godfrey visited Morgantown, West Virginia, to evaluate the Mountaineers' SEC potential in such key categories as alcohol, offensive t-shirts and public transportation

Around the League (and Beyond):

Louisville football weekly press conference notes - Card Chronicle

Jones: UC-Miami ‘embedded in our fabric’ - Cincinnati Enquirer

Bulls prepare quickly for trip to Pitt - Tampa Tribune

Pitt Football: No Quarterback Change For South Florida Game - Cardiac Hill

Syracuse vs. Rutgers: So Begins 'Rutgers Hate Week' - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Rutgers heads into Syracuse game preparing for a loud atmosphere at Carrier Dome - Star Ledger

Notebook: UConn's Running Game Falls Flat - Hartford Courant

It's Iron Skillet Week: What do you hate most about SMU? - Frogs O' War
Duh....Craig James

Video of Interest:

MSN's Tony Caridi and Dwight Wallace break down this past weekend's game with LSU, review this week's varsity sports, and take a look ahead at Saturday's Homecoming matchup with Bowling Green

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Here's SNL's Top Gun Screen Tests

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Dutch model Nelleke Verkaart. Click on her picture for a two page gallery.

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