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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (9/6/11) Edition

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As we try to put Sunday's game behind us, the media is of varying opinions of how the offense performed. Some note the glaring lack of rushing, while others note that WVU scored on 5 of 8 possessions. Personally, I think it's somewhere in between. A rousing success it wasn't by any means, but yet it still found a way to move the ball and score. The team has today off before they get back to work tomorrow. We also have some interviews from Huggs' Fish Fry that was held last week. There's plenty to choose from today, so let's get to it.

What You May Have Missed:

Marshall Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 34-13 victory over Marshall on Sunday at Milan Puskar Stadium, presented by Coca-Cola.

Mountaineer Monday - Mountaineer TV
Mountaineer Monday, presented by US Cellular, reviews the Marshall game and previews this week's WVU sports schedule.

Football: Marshall Award Winners - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performance in the Mountaineers’ 34-13 win over Marshall on Sunday, Sept. 4.

Big East Players of the Week and Honor Roll - Week One - Big East Coast Bias
Tavon get the special teams POW

NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Projections Week 1 - ESPN
Orange is the pick here

Men's Soccer: WVU Leading Before Cancellation - MSNsportsNET.Com
Game was ruled no contest

WVU Blanks Marshall - MSNsportsNET.Com
1-0 in women's soccer

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

Raising Money For Two Great Causes - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Huggins Fish Fry was held last week

Bob Huggins Fish Fry Interviews -
Watch full interviews with Bob Huggins, Da'Sean Butler and former Marshall star wide receiver Randy Moss.

News of Note:

Kovacevic: WVU's Smith the separator in Big East - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Big East had a good first week of the season - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

WVU offense performed well in Holgorsen's debut - Charleston Daily Mail
"Sometimes it takes four quarters to figure it out, but I really felt if we had another quarter we'd get to a point where we could do some more things."

Holgorsen comes to defense of O-linemen - Charleston Gazette
"[It was] Just OK. Not bad,'' Holgorsen said. "And I give Marshall credit for what they were doing schematically.''

Running game a little empty vs. stacked defense, blitzes - PPG
Holgorsen says it's a work in progress

HERTZEL COLUMN - Plenty of work to do on offense - Times West Virginian
Holgorsen chose his words carefully when he was treading on the performance given by his offense, not wanting to say to the media what he was saying to those people who made up the offense when they came off the field after one three-and-out series.

Austin shines on returns, not a factor elsewhere - Times West Virginian
"He played poor on offense. He played really poor on offense," said Holgorsen.

Decision to resume play in storm shouldn't be up to the teams - Charleston Daily Mail
The point here is that the ADs and coaches should not be put in that position. They are in the business of winning, not throwing in the towel.

Delay drains players - Martinsburg Journal
Weather mars WVU-Marshall rivalry game

Players enjoy the new tradition in WVU football - Register-Herald
“I loved it,” linebacker Najee Goode said after the game. “That piece of coal we have out there? That’s what West Virginia is all about. But I’m not going to lie, it was hot. It was hot. It’s something new. though. and it’s one of the greatest traditions I’ve ever been involved with. I like it a lot.”

WVU defense impressive in opener - Daily Athenaeum
One pleasant surprise that should be taken from the Mountaineers' 34-13 win over Marshall was the stellar performance on the defensive side of the ball.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Notes From the Big East Football Coaches Teleconference - Week One - Big East Coast Bias

Week One Expectations And Reality: Big East - Football Study Hall
A review of the Big East's first weekend of the season. Games included South Florida-Notre Dame, Syracuse-Wake Forest and West Virginia-Marshall.

Big East Expansion: Prepare For Ludicrous Speed - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Remember when all we had to do was worry about whether or not Villanova was going to build a big enough jungle gym in order to play football with the rest of us? Those were nice days.

Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri could head to Big East; Big Ten courts Maryland - Sporting News

Week One Expectations And Reality: Big East - Football Study Hall
A review of the Big East's first weekend of the season. Games included South Florida-Notre Dame, Syracuse-Wake Forest and West Virginia-Marshall.

Better Late Than Never: USF Beats Notre Dame 23-20 - Voodoo Five

UConn 35, Fordham 3: One position battle resolved, but another has emerged - The UConn Blog

Cincinnati Bearcats 72, Austin Peay 10: Peay Gets Pead On - Down The Drive

Pitt Panthers Vs. Buffalo Bulls: Panthers' High Octane Offense Starts Slowly, Pitt Wins 35-16 - Cardiac Hill

Thoughts On Murray and Going Forward - Card Chronicle

Many new faces play significant amount of downs for Syracuse University in season opener - Post Standard

Rutgers aims to improve running game for North Carolina matchup - Star Ledger

College GameDay Final: Week 1 - ESPN

Video of Interest:

As some of you noticed before, more than a few players missed touching the block of coal:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Not much longer til we get fresh episodes of this:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Latvian Victoria's Secret model, Ginta Lapina. Click on the picture below for today's gallery.

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