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Mountaineer Morning Links: Iowa State Pre-Game (11/29/13) Edition

Riot Bowl previews, senior day notes, Big 12 roundup & TV guide, tailgate prep & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, Nov. 29 - WV MetroNews
Will Clarke talks about his disappointment in the 2013 season and Shannon Dawson gives us the key ingredient to having a better season next year.

WVU’s Huggins wants different season in 2013-14 - Times West Virginian
“We had an opportunity here tonight to get back on the map, to get WVU basketball back where it belongs and where it’s going to be,” he said.

News of Note:

Game Preview: Iowa State -
West Virginia (4-7, 2-6) will host Iowa State (2-9, 1-7) in the season finale and the senior day for 14 Mountaineer players.

End Game - BGN
It’ll be the end to a disappointing season for Iowa State and West Virginia. The lone question is which team manages even the slightest of positives heading into the offseason.

QB consistency a season-long problem - Charleston Daily Mail
Perhaps it's too simple to discuss West Virginia's expansive offensive problems this season and say things could have been very different if there was just one quarterback.

WVU offense needs consistency - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineers have had three different QBs this season

Holgorsen shoulders blame for WVU's offensive ills - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“I'm the first to say that we haven't had a winning offensive performance this season,” he said.

Nothing is a sure thing in college football - Times West Virginian
Oh, yeah, West Virginia, the team that beat Oklahoma State, lost to Kansas, who the next week lost to Iowa State, who plays WVU on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Milan Puskar Stadium.

Iowa State’s offense will test WVU’s defense - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Cyclones amassed 502 total yards in victory over Kansas last weekend

WVU: ‘Close to a good defense’ or not? - Charleston Gazette
"I don't think there's any way you can watch video tape and say we're not a better defense,'' Patterson said this week.

Senior Day in Morgantown - WVillustrated
Saturday is Senior Day in Morgantown, and that means 14 seniors will put on their jersey for the last time as Mountaineers.

West Virginia's Clarke offers clues that football, forensics can mix - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Will Clarke will close out his West Virginia football career Saturday when the Mountaineers play host to Iowa State, but this redshirt senior defensive end is far from finished with football.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Football still ‘special game’ to WVU’s Rigg - Times West Virginian
The game clearly has a grip on Rigg, a senior out of Oradell, N.J., who despite a couple of concussions during his senior season will come out and play his final game.

Rigg thankful for one more game - Register-Herald
WVU senior thought career was over after collision with teammate

Around the League (and Beyond):

Texas Longhorns Wreck Texas Tech Red Raiders 41-16 - Burnt Orange Nation

Doing the LB shuffle as Bears’ injuries stack up - Waco Tribune

Cyclones out to end season on winning note - Ames Tribune

Sunflower Showdown Preview: Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kansas State Wildcats - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State’s two quarterbacks find way to make it work - Kansas City Star

Sooners get a jump on Bedlam - Oklahoman

Chelf saves season despite inconsistent spot in lineup - Tulsa World

Baylor’s defense has been key to Bears’ success, TCU’s Gary Patterson says - Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram

Post Game Thoughts | Texas Tech Red Raiders 16, Texas Longhorns 41 - Viva The Matadors

Week 14 Walkthrough - Andy Staples -

What's On Tap:

Iowa State Cyclones vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from MPS on FS1. Cy is getting 8.

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Memorial Stadium on FS1. Cats are giving 17.5.

Baylor Bears vs. TCU Horned Frogs - Preview - ESPN
3:30 pm Saturday from Amon G Carter on ESPN2/3. Bears are giving 12.5.

College Football TV Schedule
All times listed are Central

Video of Interest:

Nick Kindler has battled injuries, and endured two head coaching changes and three position coach changes during his career at WVU. In this Wearing the Jersey, Kindler reflects on his time as a Mountaineer.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Grilled Chicken Wings with Spicy Chipotle Hot Sauce and Blue Cheese-Yogurt Dipping Sauce

46 chicken wings
Vegetable oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Chipotle Hot Sauce, recipe follows
Blue Cheese-Yogurt Dip, recipe follows


Heat grill to high. Toss wings in a few tablespoons of oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on the grill in single layers and grill until golden brown on both sides and just cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Chipotle Hot Sauce:

1 1/2 cups red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 to 3 tablespoons chipotle pepper puree (depending on how spicy you like it)
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons ancho chile powder

Whisk together the vinegar, Dijon mustard, chipotle puree, honey, and oil in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Melt butter in a large skillet or a large pot on the grates of the grill. Add the hot sauce mixture and bring to a boil. Whisk in the ancho chile powder and season with salt, to taste. Add the wings and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve with Blue Cheese-Yogurt Dip,

Blue Cheese-Yogurt Dip:

1 pint thick Greek yogurt
3/4 cup crumbled domestic blue cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
3 tablespoons finely sliced scallions
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe courtesy of

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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