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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (9/17/12) Edition


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Today we have more fallout from the JMU game, including ever increasing publicity on Geno Smith and finally some national love for Stedman Bailey to go along with Tavon. Yes, with Barkley's loss, Heisman talk will only get louder and louder for the Mountaineer quarterback. We also have several notebooks and a couple of WVU Olympic sports updates and Caleb checks in with an update from yesterday's NFL action. All of this, the usual Big 12 roundup and much more...

What You May Have Missed:

WVU football: FedEx turnout gives Mountaineers, JMU surprise revenue - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

James Madison Award Winners -
The West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performance in the Mountaineers’ 42-12 win against James Madison on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Week 3 Heisman Watch: Geno Smith leads wide-open race as Matt Barkley falters -
New faces emerging in the Heisman Trophy race in the season's early going.

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 4 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Fiesta here

Volleyball Wins Gold and Blue Classic -
For the first time since 2002, the West Virginia University volleyball team won two five-set matches in a row by defeating Murray State 3-2 (26-28, 25-23, 25-22, 26-28, 15-8), Sunday, at the WVU Coliseum.

Schwindel Shines For Women's Soccer -
Forward Kate Schwindel tied two school records and Frances Silva netted a pair of goals in leading West Virginia past High Point, 6-0, Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Will WVU baseball be big? - Martinsburg Journal
Except for certain spells, baseball has not fared as well as other collegiate teams at WVU. It was rare when West Virginia earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Week 2 Recap: Bruce Irvin Gets His First NFL Sack - WVU Pros
We recap an eventful NFL Week 2 involving Mountaineers including a career first from Bruce Irvin and Adam Pacman Jones does something for the fifth time in his.

News of Note:

Coaches welcomed small taste of adversity - Charleston Gazette
"We haven't faced adversity going back to last year, obviously,'' Holgorsen said.

West Virginia football notebook: Players pass adversity test - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Defensively, the Mountaineers stopped James Madison on two drives inside the 10-yard line in the third quarter.

Smith brushes off some big hits - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Mountaineers QB, offense tuning up for rigors of Big 12

Proud, but humble - Register-Herald
Mountaineers’ Smith not caught up in record books

WVU’s Smith has big performance vs. JMU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
QB passed for 411 yards and five touchdowns

Heisman Watch: 5 QBs who could win it without a BCS title - Sporting News
Geno #1

Steady Stedman - Martinsburg Journal
WR a constant in WVU’s offense

Checkdown: Notre Dame, not Stanford, notched the best win of the weekend - Sporting News
Stedman and Tavon get mention in the This and That section

Defense 'stepped up' for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
"If you look at what the stats say, once you cross midfield, you're supposed to go for it more often than you'd not go for it," he said.

Mountaineers still have issues - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Monday Morning Quarterback

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU defense shows signs of improvement - Times West Virginian
“It wasn’t as good a game as we can play, certainly, but we’re getting closer,” linebacker Doug Rigg said.

Examining the ups and downs, the dividends and downticks, from West Virginia's 42-12 win over James Madison

Around the League (and Beyond):

What we learned in the Big 12: Week 3 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Baylor Bears 48, Sam Houston State 23 - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State 37, Western Illinois 3: And Now We Wait - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Jayhawks fall to TCU Horned Frogs in Big 12 Opener - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State struggles in 35-21 win over North Texas - Bring On The Cats

Sooners Lose Reserve Fullback To Torn ACL - Crimson And Cream Machine

OKLAHOMA STATE 65, ULL 24 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Racks Up 676 Yards In 66-31 Win Over Ole Miss - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU 20, Kansas 6: Frogs O' War Postgame analysis - Frogs O' War

Post Game Thoughts | New Mexico 14, Texas Tech 49 - Double-T Nation

College GameDay Final: Week 3 - ESPN

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

Video of Interest:

Amanda Mazey and Jed Drenning break down West Virginia's 42-12 victory over James Madison Saturday night at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Sept. 15, 2012

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Perfect mashup for this past Saturday's game:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an Australian beauty. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Natasha Oakley.