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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (10/8/12) Edition

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More Texas fallout, notebooks, WVUPros update on Bruce, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 7 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Heisman watch 2012: Geno Smith vs. Collin Klein on Oct. 20 looms large - Sporting News

Snap Judgments: South Carolina, West Virginia, Florida and the art of the big win -
South Carolina, Florida, and West Virginia all showed different sides of the big win on Saturday. Meanwhile, Florida State lost and Oregon won, each in its own peculiar way.

Silva Nets Two in Win at Iowa State - WVU Athletics
Junior forward Frances Silva scored a pair of second-half goals to lead No. 16 West Virginia past Iowa State, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Cyclone Sports Complex. The Mountaineers, who extend their winning streak to seven matches, move to 5-0-0 in Big 12 Conference play.

Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Buffalo - WVU Athletics
Two goals within seven minutes of one another in the second half led the No. 18 West Virginia University men’s soccer team to a 2-0 win over Mid-American Conference foe Buffalo on Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

NFL WVUPros Week 5 Recap: Bruce Irvin Chases Down Cam Newton - WVU Pros
We recap NFL Week 5 action involving West Virginia Mountaineers including Bruce Irvin wreaking havoc on the Carolina Panthers' offensive line.

Video of Bruce Irvin Sacking Cam Newton - WVU Pros
Bruce Irvin picks up another sack on Cam Newton.

News of Note:

Will Texas Tech be trap for WVU? - Times West Virginian
If ever there were a game that looked like a trap, it is Texas Tech.

Analysis: Time to Start Believin' - WVMETRONEWS.COM
For Mountaineer Nation, it's officially OK to believe.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Holgorsen puts genius on display - Times West Virginian
The genius of what Holgorsen has managed to do may best be seen in the way he prepared for and ran the Texas game.

Holgorsen stays cool, collected - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"Our guys don't care where they are playing," Holgorsen said following WVU's 48-45 come-from-behind victory over No. 11 Texas at Darrell K. Royal-Memorial Stadium.

West Virginia's Ground Game Shines - WVU Athletics
Andrew Buie flashed some five-star skills in the Lonestar State.

West Virginia offense shows flexibility - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Who said West Virginia was one dimensional?

WVU’s offense making push for best of all time - Times West Virginian
They say statistics are boring, but they haven’t read West Virginia’s statistics after Saturday’s 48-45 victory over Texas in Austin.

Miller, Francis spark solid defensive play - Charleston Daily Mail
"Pat Miller," defensive coordinator Joe DeForest said, "is a huge reason why we won this game."

Mountaineers’ Miller comes up with big plays just in time - Register-Herald
When West Virginia defensive coordinator Joe DeForest told his players to have a short memory, Pat Miller listened.

WVU defense defends itself - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
West Virginia’s defense did make a couple of big plays to help get a huge road win at Texas.

Making A Statement - BGN
The Mountaineers are ready to compete for a Big 12 Conference title.

Lone Star statement - Charleston Gazette
Raucous Texas-sized crowd didn't faze West Virginia against 'Horns

Mountain High - BGN
West Virginia has emphatically answered any questions as to its viability as a national player.

Defense May Be Needed - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Mountaineers can’t always rely on offense

Defense did just enough in win over Longhorns - Charleston Gazette
WVU notebook

Bitancurt rebounds from blocked punt - Charleston Daily Mail

Coming up perfect on 4th down - Pittsburgh Tribune
West Virginia football notebook

Monday Morning WVU Stock Report - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Examining the ups and downs, the dividends and downticks, from West Virginia's 48-45 win at Texas

WVU play full of ups and downs - Martinsburg Journal
The stress of watching the Mountaineers play in the Big 12 could get old fast, though.

Texas Award Winners - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performance in the Mountaineers’ 48-45 win at Texas on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Mountaineers not affected by hype, crowd - Charleston Daily Mail
"I've never seen this place like that," West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen said.

Texas players, coaches praise Mountaineers after loss - Charleston Gazette
As the largest crowd to ever fill Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium filed out late Saturday night, Longhorns fans shook their heads.

WVU Victory Against Texas Is Bigger Feat - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
The folks voting on the polls got it right. Rightfully so, Kansas State had been the highest ranked Big 12 team the last few weeks.

A great, hard-hitting win for WVU - Register-Herald
This was the No. 5-ranked Mountaineers’ first road win over a team ranked as high as 11th since they sealed a 1993 11-0 regular season by beating Boston College 17-14 at Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 power rankings: Week 7 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Back to #1

What we learned in the Big 12: Week 6 - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN

West Virginia Mountaineers 48, Texas Longhorns 45 - Shooting from the Hip - Barking Carnival

The Agony of defeat- TCU 23, Iowa State 37- Postgame analysis - Frogs O' War

Iowa State @ TCU Recap: LENZANITY IS HERE - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Four In A Row: K-State Routs KU, 56-16 - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Defense Turns On Second Half After Burners To Stifle Texas Tech 41-20 - Crimson And Cream Machine

Post Game Thoughts | Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 20 - Viva The Matadors

POLL: If Lunt is ready, does he play against Kansas? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Friday Q&A: Baylor QB Nick Florence - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Florida State, LSU upsets in Week 6 shake up the BCS picture - Stewart Mandel -
College Football Overtime

College GameDay Final: Week 6 - ESPN
The national picture took a dramatic turn this weekend, as the door opened for teams like West Virginia and Notre Dame to make a serious push at the national title.

Watch 'Shutdown Fullback' recap Week 7 (and cry about FSU) -

Videos of Interest:

Highlights from West Virginia's 48-45 victory over the Texas Longhorns.

Geno Smith talks about Saturday's 48-45 victory over 11th-ranked Texas in Austin.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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