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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (10/10/12) Edition

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Coach Holgorsen's presser, trap game?, student behavior, player features, notebooks, Tech previews & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Coach Holgorsen Presser - WVU Athletics
Transcript here, video below

Holgorsen: Texas Win Wasn't Burn-Worthy - WVMETRONEWS.COM
During Monday's news conference, however, Holgorsen somewhat reluctantly addressed the moronic actions of a few students and other fans who set 35 fires in the aftermath of WVU's 48-45 win at Texas.

Win not good reason for riot, Holgorsen says - Charleston Daily Mail
"If it had anything to do with some sort of special win, I would encourage everyone involved to get used to wins like that."

Holgorsen unaffected by crazy behavior of students - Charleston Gazette
"I worry about what I can control. And what I could control was what was happening in Austin.''

Holgorsen: Victory over Texas ‘counts as one win’ - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Dana Holgorsen apparently wants West Virginia revelers to act like they’ve been there before.

HERTZEL COLUMN: It’s time to put out fire for good - Times West Virginian
It must be a combined effort and it must be done quickly, for on Oct. 20 Kansas State comes to Morgantown to face WVU in a night game that could produce the biggest victory of the season for the Mountaineers.

2012 Heisman Watch - Heisman Trophy Candidates - ESPN
Unanimous #1, with a new #2

The Alphabetical, Week 6: Dr. Paul Johnson says to amputate -
G, K, L, M, O

Manny Diaz Discusses Geno Smith, Buie - ESPN Video - ESPN
Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz had a tough task in trying to shut down WVU QB Geno Smith last Saturday.

Leach V. Holgorsen, Week 6: Clawless Cougars and Smoking-Hot Mountaineers - Football Study Hall
The pupil breaks out new formations for big gains, and the master sticks with the tried-and-true, unable to find enough offensive talent to move the ball.

Georgia, Florida State fall in College Football Power Rankings - Andy Staples -

Big 12 Game Balls: Week 6 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Pro Football Update - WVU Athletics
Week five NFL action.

Paying forward the gift of life - Charleston Gazette
More on the story we featured through the fanshot last night

News of Note:

Can West Virginia make a title run? - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The West Virginia Mountaineers have come close to the national title -- logging three BCS bowl wins over the past seven years.

WVU sees no trap in Lubbock - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"I don't understand what a 'trap game' means -- you play the same every week," Holgorsen said Tuesday at his weekly news conference.

WVU won't play the 'trap' game - Charleston Gazette
Dana Holgorsen doesn't want to hear the term "trap game'' used in regard to the trip his No. 5 West Virginia football team is taking this week.

No. 4 West Virginia not overlooking unranked Texas Tech this week - Daily Athenaeum
Much like their head coach, many members of the West Virginia football team had never heard of the term trap game.

Holgorsen, Mountaineers not looking too far ahead - Pittsburgh Tribune

WVU Another Test for Tech - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Red Raiders allowed 41 pts. to Oklahoma

WVU to face ‘sound’ Tech defense - Times West Virginian
And, to make the challenge even greater, the Red Raiders are the No. 1 pass defending team in the nation, allowing only 117 yards a game and just 52 percent completions.

Running game concerns Texas Tech coach - Inter Mountain
Tommy Tuberville already knew of West Virginia's prolific passing attack, but said the added threat of the Mountaineers' running game gives him something else to worry about.

Point of Attack - BGN
It seems to be an ongoing mantra, this Big 12 tackling problem.

Buie becomes breakout performer for WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune
Before last week, West Virginia sophomore Andrew Buie was considered an insurance policy in a compact package, a 5-foot-9, 188-pound running back holding things down until Shawne Alston and Dustin Garrison were healthy.

Miller Hopes He Has Turned a Corner - WVMETRONEWS.COM
As much as cornerback Pat Miller wanted to forget his dreadful performance against Baylor, he's trying to have an equally short memory of the Texas game, in which he stopped two fourth-quarter scoring threats.

Confidence continues to rise for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
"I've said this before, but what's cool about this team is our guys don't care. They just like to go out and play," Holgorsen said.

WVU once nipped Red Raiders - Martinsburg Journal
Coincidentally, the Mountaineers, now 5-0 and ranked No. 5 by The Associated Press, had done the same to Texas Tech by the identical score of 7-6 in the Jan. 1, 1938 Sun Bowel at El Paso, Texas.

Football Player Quotes - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia football team addressed members of the media Tuesday night. Includes video as well.

Video: Football Interviews 10/9 - BGN
Geno, Coach DeForest, Braun, Francis and Buie

WVU Offensive Video Interviews: Texas Tech Week - WVillustrated
Coach Dawson, Tavon, Eger, Stedman, Geno and Madsen

WVU Defensive Video Interviews: Texas Tech Week - WVillustrated
Cook, Bruce, Francis, Miller and Coach Roberts

Around the League (and Beyond):

SEC surpasses Big 12 as No. 1 rated league - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Stats That Matter | West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Viva The Matadors

Meet the Press: Baylor vs. TCU - Our Daily Bears

Gary Patterson Press Conference - Frogs O' War

Paul Rhoads Modifies Conference ALignment 9000 To Pick A QB - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Time for Weis to get creative -

Collin Klein Heisman Watch (Week 6) - Bring On The Cats

Sooners Offensive Line Depth Dealt Crushing Blow - Crimson And Cream Machine

Texas-Oklahoma: Lessons From 55-17 - Burnt Orange Nation

Mike Gundy: "I think that in five years, you’re going to see the SEC playing offensive football like this league." - Oklahoman

The BMOC surveys Manti Te'o, season trends, Gene Chizik, Heisman race and more - ESPN

Videos of Interest:

Dana Holgorsen's Tuesday afternoon news conference at Milan Puskar Stadium.

CFB on FOX's Eddie George sits down with West Virginia QB Geno Smith.

From Saturday's game at halftime.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

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