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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (8/27/12) Edition


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T-Minus 5 Days

Game week is finally here. What a great way to start it off with a HUGE women's soccer victory over the #1 Stanford Cardinal yesterday. Back on the football side of things, there are several features and player profiles to go along with a few more looks at the Big 12. The basketball team spent Saturday giving back and former AD Pastilong has a football award named in his honor. All of this, your Big 12 roundup and more...

What You May Have Missed:

WVU Stuns No. 1 Ranked Stanford -
Frances Silva’s goal in the 83rd minute propelled West Virginia past No. 1 ranked Stanford, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Jeffrey Field in game two of the Penn State Invitational.

WVU Wins Season Opener -
The No. 9 West Virginia University men’s soccer team opened the season with a 2-1 victory over Hartford on Saturday

Milan Puskar Center Makeover -
The Milan Puskar Center had a little makeover this summer and the end result will be a noticeable improvement to the complex.

Head for the mountains: West Virginia broadens Big 12's base - San Antonio Express-News
Tucked into the diverse topography only a couple of long touchdown passes from the banks of the Monongahela River, West Virginia's stadium appears to be a bucolic island on the western edge of the Appalachian Mountains.

The five schools most likely to win their first Heisman in the next five years -
Look who checks in at #2

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU hopes to be gracious Big 12 host - Times West Virginian
"You only get one chance to make a first impression," Luck observed.

WVU will be good but so will its opponents - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Less than one year ago as another round of conference expansion began to unfold, few could have imagined that in just the next football season the West Virginia Mountaineers would be playing in the Big 12 Conference.

Video: Pastilong Honored - BGN
The board bearing Ed Pastilong's picture and name has spaces for placards for the next 75 West Virginia football MVPs to be remembered.

Touching lives: VIDEO AND PHOTOS - Times West Virginian
The West Virginia University men’s basketball team and the United Way joined efforts for their annual WVU Basketball Clinic & Team Signing at West Fairmont Middle School on Saturday.

News of Note:

WVU looks to back up early promise - Times West Virginian
Welcome to game week. It took long enough to get here, didn’t it?

Game Week Arrives For WVU - WVillustrated
"It obviously gets to a point after 24 practices where they are tired of playing each other," WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "We are ready to root for each other instead of competing with each other."

For Mountaineers, Alston is ready for larger load - Charleston Daily Mail
"People haven't seen me at the level I can perform at now," Alston said, "but they're going to get a show Sept. 1."

Watch for angles, then players as MU-WVU week begins - Charleston Gazette
But the wild card in the game is unquestionably Cato, a true sophomore who started nine games last year.

Holgorsen brings high-powered passing attack back to Big 12 - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Leach believes Holgorsen is the perfect coach to usher West Virginia into the Big 12.

If Smith goes down, Millard ready to step up

WVU’s offensive power is the O-Line - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Jenkins returns after missing 2011 with knee injury

Mountaineer defense already up to speed - Charleston Gazette
"Now you're introducing a whole new offense to them,'' first-year defensive coordinator Joe DeForest said. "Can they grasp that part of it within the scheme of our defense?''

WVU defensive line amped up - Martinsburg Journal
Jorge Wright and Will Clarke will be leaders in West Virginia University's football defensive line this season.

Quick study - Charleston Gazette
WVU cornerbacks coach benefits from Holgorsen's offensive savvy

Inexperience not a concern for Mountaineer secondary in 2012 - Daily Athenaeum
A pair of true freshmen defensive backs have answered Roberts’ call and have positioned themselves to make an impact from the West Virginia secondary this fall.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Terry a hero in ’97 game vs. Marshall - Times West Virginian
And what better time is there to look back on that first Marshall game of the modern era and its hero, cornerback Nate Terry, than in the week that the final game of the series is to be played as the opener of a historic season in Mountaineer football?

Around the League (and Beyond):

Five storylines in the Big 12 in 2012 - Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Cormac McCarthy Previews the Big XII - Wide Right & Natty Lite
The other blogs around the league went and got all literary on us.

50 Shades of the Big 12 - Cowboys Ride For Free
Anastasia Steele previews the Big 12... uncomfortably sexy.

Saturday Morning Video: Final Fall Scrimmage - Our Daily Bears

WRNL Predicts the 2012 Cyclone Football Season - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas football: Long Snapper Justin Carnes Suspended Three Games - Rock Chalk Talk

Lockett healthy, ready to go - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Rushing Attack: Dom Whaley Or Blake Bell With Most TDs? - Crimson And Cream Machine

No. 9: Oklahoma - Pre-Snap Read
Countdown continues

Changes to Oklahoma State depth chart - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns Interior Defensive Line: The Chris Whaley & Brandon Moore Pairing - Barking Carnival

Josh Boyce embraces leadership role in TCU's receiving corps - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas Tech Football Two Deep Released - Double-T Nation

What's On Tap:

WVU vs. Stetson - WVUsports.Com
Men's Soccer action today at 1pm at Dick Dlesk Stadium

Video of Interest:

A big Mountaineer welcome for the women's soccer team this evening following their 1-0 victory over top-ranked Stanford Sunday afternoon in State College, Pa.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an All-American model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Emily Ratajkowski.