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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (9/24/12) Edition


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Today we have more looks back at the win over the Terps and the weekly Heisman updates. We also have the first discussions on Baylor and the onset of Big 12 play for the Mountaineers. Both soccer teams won yesterday and the WVU Sports Hall of Fame held their inductions before Saturday's football game. Caleb also checks in with an update on the big day that Darius Reynaud had yesterday against the Lions. All of this, your daily Big 12 roundup and more...

What You May Have Missed:

WVU Hall Of Fame Grows By Seven - WVillustrated
Watch the seven acceptance speeches of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame class of 2012

Big 12 commissioner to lead WVU homecoming parade - Charleston Daily Mail
Bob Bowlsby will lead the festivities in Morgantown on Sept. 28.

On the North Branch of the Potomac - with Curtis Fleming and Coach Bob Huggins - Connect Bridgeport
Somewhere around the time the West Virginia University basketball team faces the Texas Longhorns - or maybe the Baylor Bears - Coach Bob Huggins will be featured on the Outdoor Channel, a special guest of Bridgeport High School graduate Curtis Fleming's "Fly Rod Chronicles."

Late Goal Leads WVU Past No. 7 OSU -
Junior Frances Silva continued her stellar play and the West Virginia defense earned its fifth shutout of the season in a 1-0 win over seventh-ranked Oklahoma State Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Raskasky Nets Two in First MAC Win -
The No. 18 WVU men’s soccer team recorded its second-consecutive shutout in a 4-0 win over Florida Atlantic in WVU’s first ever Mid-American Conference match on Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Darius Reynaud Has Huge Day for Titans - WVU Pros
Reynaud was responsible for two touchdowns for the Titans against the Lions.

Awards & Power Rankings:

Maryland Award Winners

2012 Heisman Watch - Heisman Trophy Candidates - ESPN
still #1

Week 4 Heisman Watch: Geno Smith maintains lead over shrinking field of candidates -
here too

Heisman watch 2012: Quarterbacks stacking on top of Matt Barkley - Sporting News
...and here

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 5 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

News of Note:

Big 12 opener a real bear - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers kick off conference schedule against No. 25 Baylor

WVU’s season to get tough - Times West Virginian
The fun is over. Now the games begin for West Virginia University.

Mountaineers Must Get Better Before Saturday - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
''We didn't play very good, but we played a better opponent. That was the best defense we played this year. We just didn't do a very good job.''

WVU struggles against Terps a good thing - Daily Athenaeum
Exposed weaknesses and the need for adjustments Saturday is exactly the wake-up call the Mountaineers needed before the real season begins this Saturday.

WVU football primed for Big 12 debut - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
“It’s a new season, man,” said West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. “It’s all about the conference.”

Injuries hobble Mountaineers' run game - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The team with the seemingly perfect offense actually has some vulnerabilities.

Imperfect Mountaineers stay perfect - Charleston Daily Mail
The Mountaineers stayed perfect by beating visiting Maryland, 31-21, in a game that had many spoiled observers perplexed about the imperfect performance.

Blitz gave Smith, Mountaineers trouble - Charleston Daily Mail
Smith was sacked for the first time in 296 days and hit a number of other times.

WVU’s Smith is calm after facing adversity - Times West Virginian
“Sometimes I didn’t get to the right read. I just held the ball too long. They’re some things I need to correct.”

WVU win was not pretty - Register-Herald
Nonetheless, the Mountaineers continually struggled offensively in beating Maryland, a 28-point underdog, by only 31-21 before a crowd of 58,504 at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Holgorsen: Mountaineers have ‘plenty to work on’ - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"The two scores they had was poor tackling. Other than that, I thought we executed the game plan."

Monday Morning WVU Stock Report - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Examining the ups and downs, the dividends and downticks, from West Virginia's 31-21 win over Maryland

Mountaineer fans have gotten spoiled - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Word was that practice the week before the game was ragged, and indeed the performance of the same reflected that approach.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Notes And Numbers From Week Four In The Big 12 - Big 12 Conference
A look back at the notable numbers Friday and Saturday in Big 12 football.

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 5 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Sugar now

What we learned in the Big 12: Week 4 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Attention Big 12: Oklahoma has been Snyder'd. You are all on notice. - Sunday Morning Quarterback

Thoughts on Baylor's 47-42 win - Our Daily Bears

K-State holds off Oklahoma for thrilling win - Bring On The Cats

The Sooners Are Teetering Perilously Close To The Edge Of A Disaster - Crimson And Cream Machine

Kansas Vs. Northern Illinois: Huskies Ride Big 4th Quarter To 30-23 win - Rock Chalk Talk

TCU 27, Virginia 7- Frogs O' War Postgame Analysis - Frogs O' War

At A Cross-Rhoads: Will 2012 Be Different? - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Transitive Property Says, "We Bad" - Cowboys Ride For Free

SBN Exclusive: Ole Miss Marine Explains Outburst At Marquise Goodwin - Burnt Orange Nation

Post-Gillispie, Texas Tech Basketball Head Coaching Candidates - Double-T Nation

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

College GameDay Final: Week 4 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Stripe The Stadium - Facebook
Here's a diagram with color coded section numbers for this weekend's game.

Video of Interest:

Amanda Mazey and Jed Drenning break down Saturday's 31-21 victory over Maryland at Milan Puskar Stadium, with highlights. September 22, 2012.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This is a week old, but still amazing:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown hails from the Fatherland. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of German model Hana Nitsche.