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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Maryland Pre-Game (9/21/12) Edition

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Not much time to talk today. Inside: game previews, player features, tailgate prep, Big 12 roundup and much more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Blog: Football -
Awards for Braun and Geno

Is Geno ready to strike a pose? - Charleston Gazette
Maybe not, but WVU QB is Heisman front-runner

Big Ten down, Smith for Heisman, Irish back? - Charleston Daily Mail

Creature Feature: The Terrapin -
It’s Maryland week, and I found myself staring at my computer in the course of a little research and wondering "what the hell is a terrapin?"

News of Note:

Tavon Austin continues to use his small frame to make big plays - Baltimore Sun
The Dunbar grad will lead West Virginia this weekend against Maryland

Austin, Diggs cut from same cloth - Times West Virginian
But this sidebar, this game within the game, this battle between the Mountaineers’ flashy senior wide receiver/kick returner Tavon Austin and Maryland wunderkind Stefon Diggs, has potential to turn it into an electric afternoon.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Austin feels he made right choice - Times West Virginian
“The main thing was I saw something on the Internet that said I was going to play cornerback, and it kind of scared me,” he admitted.

WVU Needs to Apply Pressure - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Pair an inexperienced quarterback with an inexperienced offensive line and you wind up with Maryland's current quandary: 10 sacks allowed through three games.

West Virginia offensive line's priority: Keep QB clean - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"If that was last year, it may have been acceptable," Bedenbaugh said. "This year, there's totally different expectations. We prepared well throughout the week, for whatever reason we had some miscommunications."

No. 7 West Virginia hopes to keep rolling against Maryland - Daily Athenaeum
The No. 7 West Virginia football team has averaged 60 points per game over its last three games.

Maryland Terrapins-West Virginia Mountaineers Preview: Terps Look to Break WVU Losing Streak - Testudo Times
Maryland meets West Virginia looking to get their first win over the 'Eers since 2004. Unfortunately, it's not looking very likely.

Maryland Injury Report: Tate, Hendy, Vellano Probable for WVU - Testudo Times
Two defensive stars are looking likely to play against West Virginia, according to Maryland's injury report.

Maryland Game Historically Important -
One by one, West Virginia’s traditional Eastern football rivals have fallen by the wayside

Mountaineer seniors want to end careers perfect against Maryland - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Geno Smith has never lost to the Terps.

Decision to play offense at West Virginia pays off for Winters Mill grad Jeff Braun - Baltimore Sun
The instruction to Jeff Braun was simple: Go where your heart chooses. The speaker, former West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart, was letting the freshman from Winters Mill choose his path. Play defense or switch to the offensive line.

Coach always thinking of ways to evolve offense - Charleston Daily Mail
Holgorsen is going to adjust his offense in such a way that it's broad enough to adapt to the personnel, but focused enough to still do what it does best.

The Secret to the WVU Offense Is Its Simplicity - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Seeing these results, you'd think Holgorsen's a mad scientist concocting things that have never been done.

Holgorsen wants his team to play harder - Register-Herald
Mountaineers to host Terps Saturday

WVU offense not seeing many blitzes - Charleston Gazette
There was a point last season - much of last season, in fact - when Geno Smith was just getting hammered by opposing defenses.

Bailey grateful for chance to keep relationship with Geno - Register-Herald
“We’re old buddies,” said the 5-foot-10, 195-pound junior. “It was fun playing with Geno back home and also is fun playing with him here.

Freshman receiver ready when needed - Charleston Daily Mail
"When you're called on, you have to produce and make a big play," Thompson said.

WVU freshman unfazed on field by diabetes - Charleston Daily Mail
How things started the previous Sunday didn't point toward that outcome. Dillon was in the hospital.

Cody Clay Finds Role in WVU Offense - WVillustrated
West Virginia native moves all over Mountaineer depth chart before landing at fullback.

Campbell Makes First College Catch Memorable - WVillustrated
Redshirt Freshman Dante Campbell caught his first pass and first touchdown on the same play. He does not intend for that moment to define his season.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Gillispie Resigns as Texas Tech Basketball Coach - ABC News

What to watch in the Big 12: Week 4 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

What's In Store For This Weekend's Big 12 Games - Big 12 Conference

Weekend to give us better look at Big 12’s depth - Charleston Daily Mail

Iowa State football: Defense switches gears for Big 12 - Des Moines Register

Kansas Jayhawks running back James Sims back from 3-game suspension - ESPN

OU week here for Lockett, Wildcats’ other Oklahomans - Wichita Eagle

Pressure Is On Oklahoma's Receivers Against Kansas St. - Crimson And Cream Machine

Sooners set the bar against K-State, or: The Electric Wildcat Acid Test - Sunday Morning Quarterback

Oklahoma State football: Calvin Barnett, Isaac Maselera have their court cases continued - Oklahoman

Texas Football 2012: Fixing A Sorta Broken Defense - Burnt Orange Nation

Keys to the Game: TCU vs. Virginia - Frogs O' War

Freshman's speed adds dimension to offense - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 4 preview - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Women's Soccer's Big 12 Debut -
The Mountaineers will face Texas Tech on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in their first-ever Big 12 contest.

Maryland Terrapins vs. (8) West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Milan Puskar Stadium on FX. Mountaineers are giving 26.

Weekend TV Schedule (9/20-9/22) - Frogs O' War

Video of Interest:

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Turtle Soup


  • 1 1/2 pound turtle meat
  • 2 3/4 teaspoon salt, in all
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne, in all
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped hard boiled eggs


Put the turtle meat in a large saucepan with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne and the water. Bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that rises to the top. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon transfer the meat to a platter. Cut the meat into 1/2 inch dice and reserve the liquid. In another large sauce pan, combine the butter and flour over medium heat, stirring constantly for 6 to 8 minutes to make a dark roux. Add the onions, shallots, bell peppers and celery. Stir occasionally and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender. Add the bay leaves, thyme and garlic, cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the turtle meat. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the Worcestershire sauce, the remaining salt and cayenne, the turtle stock (about 6 cups) lemon juice, and sherry. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the parsley, green onions, and eggs and simmer for 45 minutes. Garnish with green onions and chopped eggs.

Recipe reprinted from

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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