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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (9/29/11) Edition

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 Falcon beer, in preparation of this week's opponent.

Today's non-news item, that I'm not linking to because it isn't worth the effort is the Charleston Gazette's "expose" that HCDH still doesn't have a WV drivers license. THE HORROR!!! The real coverage today is about the communication between Holgorsen and Geno plus game previews and a couple features on RB Dustin Garrison. Also, don't miss the MUST READ All-Access article that Bruce Feldman wrote. I'd also appreciate your input on a poll (after Miss Throwdown, at the bottom) regarding the Hate Index. Enjoy your Thursday!!

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Bowling Green's take on the WVU offense, Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford talks about new WVU commit Elijah Macon and Tony and Hoppy talk about the latest news in conference expansion

All-Access: Hunkering down with the Mountaineers -
You saw a 47-21 LSU win over a West Virginia team not quite ready for prime time. Bruce Feldman sees much more during a week spent with the Mountaineers leading up to the big game. Here's what you missed. - MUST READ

Gigapixel Fancam - ESPN
Here's the Fancam from Gameday last weekend - WOW

Joe Mazzulla Named Assistant Coach at Glenville State - WV Illustrated
Mazzulla joins another former Mountaineer on that staff. Former WVU Center Rob Summers accepted an assistant coaching position at Glenvile State in the summer.

A Quarterback Weekend - MSNsportsNET.Com
Since Luck’s arrival last July, he has made it one of his prerogatives to get as many former student-athletes back to campus as possible and the Don Nehlen Endowed Scholarship Weekend falls right into that category.

Men's Soccer: WVU Falls on Road - MSNsportsNET.Com
2-0 to JMU

News of Note:

CFN Preview: Bowling Green at West Virginia - College Football News

Bowling Green Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com
With 25 former Mountaineer quarterbacks slated to return to campus this weekend, it’s only fitting that Milan Puskar Stadium will showcase two of college football’s better passers when West Virginia plays host to 3-1 Bowling Green this Saturday.

WVU can’t not afford letdown against Falcons - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Bowling Green coming off of 37-23 win over Miami (OH)

Smith just beginning to scratch surface - Register-Herald
"He has a never-give-up attitude," Holgorsen said. "He kept playing all the way to the end and gave us a spark in the third quarter. He had a huge third quarter and got us within six points. We had all the momentum. Then they returned that kick. It killed all our momentum, but he kept playing. The fact that he ain’t ever gonna give up is something that I’ve been saying about him from the beginning."

WVU coach, QB have system of communication - Charleston Daily Mail
"There's a whole bunch of non-verbal communication and signals through body language and through stares," Holgorsen said.

For Holgorsen, a look says it all - Charleston Gazette
Non-verbal communication key in WVU coach's offense

Coach-quarterback bond helps WVU keep teams guessing - Times West Virginian
“I remember looking across the field from our sideline, looking at their sign and thinking, ‘Is that Jon Gruden? Who’s on there?’” offensive lineman Mark Asper said. “It was crazy, trying to dissect what they were doing.” Indeed, Oklahoma State had signaled in the plays with signs, including a blown-up head shot of coach-turned-TV-commentator Jon Gruden. - Thus, the genesis of our Friday LOL boards

Record Setting Pace - MSNsportsNET.Com
Geno Smith is on a pace to become the most prolific passer in West Virginia history. Through four games this season, the junior has already completed 120 of 183 passes for 1,471 yards and nine touchdowns.

WVU to test young Bowling Green secondary - Inter-Mountain
"They play pretty physical, so they are (somebody) we can't take lightly. We have to play them the same way we played LSU."

Bowling Green's Ruggiero returns to West Virginia - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU defense not living up to 2010 standard - Times West Virginian
“We have to execute better. We have to do a lot of things better and turnovers is one of them,” Casteel said.

Turnovers, penalties chief concerns for Mountaineers - Register-Herald
Mickey's Column

WVU Accuses LSU of Faking Injuries - WV Illustrated
WVU believes LSU players faked injuries to slow the Mountaineers offense down. Will that be a trend against WVU this season?

Garrison made most of chances against LSU - Daily Athenaeum
"It just took the opportunity for me to get in the game and run the ball to show them that I'm serious, and I'm able to do things," he said. "I'm still working hard, I'm still running full speed and things like that. Whenever the game comes, things change."

WVU hopes Garrison can go on a run - PPG
"They'd be there for a second and close up so fast. As I continued playing, the game slowed down. I saw the holes a lot faster and was able to hit them a lot quicker than I usually would."

Running Back Dustin Garrison - Mountaineer TV
Dustin Garrison talks about the experience he's gained over the past four games.

Video: Football Interviews 9/27 - BGN
Tandy, Eain, Madsen, Coach Roberts, Coach Bedenbaugh

Time for a realignment history lesson - Charleston Gazette


Charm City Legend - WVMETRONEWS.COM
2012 WVU verbal commitments Da’Quan Davis and Trevor Williams both go to Calvert Hall High School and have looked up to Austin since they were in middle school.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Presidents Meet on Sunday - Big East Coast Bias

Skip Holtz Vs. Todd Graham: 2008 C-USA Championship Game - Voodoo Five

South Florida QB poses double threat vs. Pitt - PPG

Charlie Strong looking for a 'main back' in Louisville ground game - Courier-Journal

Bearcats turn over new leaf on errors - Cincinnati Enquirer

Red Zone success similar for Syracuse and Rutgers football offenses - Post Standard

Rutgers' tight ends still waiting to make an impact - Star Ledger

WR Nick Williams Brings Needed Spark To UConn Football Offense - Hartford Courant

Big 12 interim commish thinks Mizzou will stay put -
I ain't buying it until their "Curators" meet and make an announcement

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

(16) South Florida Bulls vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - Preview - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Ketchup Pit on ESPN/ESPN3. Pitt is getting 2.5.

Video of Interest:

Tavon Austin is an electrifying player that has become a fan favorite among Mountaineer fans. Find out how he got to WVU and what it's like to score a touchdown:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This is from last Saturday and pretty cool:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Brazilian Victoria's Secret model (one of my favorite combinations) Caroline Francischini. Click on the picture for today's gallery.

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