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Mountaineer Morning Links: Cowboys Pre-Game (9/27/13) Edition

Trickett starts, OSU previews, Gold Rush, recruiting update, soccer & volleyball in action, Big 12 viewing guide & round up, tailgate prep & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, Sept. 27 - WV MetroNews
Allen Taylor discusses the Oklahoma State Cowboys’ travel plans and looks at how OSU is preparing for a challenge on Saturday against West Virginia.

WVU to host sixth annual Gold Rush game Saturday - Daily Athenaeum
Milan Puskar Stadium will transform into a sea of gold Saturday as Mountaineer fans participate in the Gold Rush event for the game against Oklahoma State.

Basketball Season Tips With Gold-Blue Debut - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University will tip off the 2013-14 men’s basketball season with the Gold-Blue Debut presented by Coke Zero on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. Admission to the event is free with gates opening at 6:30 p.m.

Fundraising Underway for Hundley Statue - WVU Athletics
Friends and family of West Virginia University men’s basketball great Rod "Hot Rod" Hundley have started a special fundraising campaign for a statue of "The Clown Prince" to be placed at the WVU Coliseum.

No. 18 Mountaineers Open Big 12 Play on Road - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers (6-2-2) open conference play at Oklahoma State (4-2-3) tomorrow, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. ET, at Cowgirl Soccer Complex, in Stillwater, Okla. WVU will then travel to No. 11 Baylor (7-0-2) on Sept. 29 for a 1:05 p.m. ET match at Betty Lou Mays Field, in Waco, Texas. Sunday’s match will be carried on FSN Plus.

Mountaineers look to end three-game losing streak - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia men’s soccer team looks to put their three-match losing streak on the backburner as they turn their attention to the Mid-American Conference opener against Akron Sunday night.

Volleyball Opens Conference Play Against Wildcats - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team begins Big 12 Conference play against Kansas State on Friday night at 6:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.

WVUsportsBuzz - WVU Athletics
This week's WVUsportsBuzz has updates on women's tennis and women's soccer, and some of your twitter questions to Jedd Gyorko.

News of Note:

Trickett gets the nod at quarterback - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia is about to play its fifth game of the season Saturday with its third starting quarterback.

Trickett gets starting nod - Charleston Gazette
Transfer steps in at quarterback at WVU for injured Childress

WVU quarterback carousel keeps spinning - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“It's a fluid situation,” he said. “We don't know what the end result will be. We may play all three of them the rest of the season.”

Is Trickett the ticket? WVU gives QB a shot - Register-Herald

Ready to pick up the pace - Charleston Gazette
Upcoming WVU opponents will play at fast tempo

Mountaineers can't afford another slow start - Charleston Daily Mail
"If you sit there and worry about calling a perfect play, then you're going to call a bad one. That mentality needs to go away. We need to relax, and we need to expect good things to happen, because right now offensively that isn't happening."

HERTZEL COLUMN: Who to blame for WVU’s slow start - Times West Virginian
True, the quarterback and receiver play, but let us look at three vital areas:

Opposing defenses have blueprint to stop WVU offense - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The explanation for the radical downturn, from a game-plan perspective, is rather simple and defenses likely have taken note.

WVU must contain Walsh - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Leads OSU in rushing with 182 yards

West Virginia defense ready for challenge presented by Walsh, No. 11 Cowboys - Daily Athenaeum
“They have an athletic quarterback. J.W. Walsh has won a lot of football games …He’s savvy, he throws the ball well. He runs well, he makes it work,” said head coach Dana Holgorsen.

WVU D-Line Trying to Continue Success - DA Sports Blog
As a unit in 2012, the WVU defensive line only had 4.5 sacks spread amongst just three players. Through four games in 2013 that number has already been topped with six as a defensive line unit.

Mountaineer Leadership - WVillustrated
A blowout loss to the Terrapins last weekend left Mountaineer redshirt senior Shaq Rowell showcasing his emotions.

Cowboys, Mountaineers Have a History - WVU Athletics
Oklahoma State is making its first trip to Morgantown since The Great Depression.

A Step in the Wrong Direction - WVillustrated
When it comes to the West Virginia University football team the general consensus amongst the coaches and players was that this team is very close to getting where it needs to be.

WVU, MU need to know, rather than just believe - Charleston Gazette
The question, though, is how do teams acquire that confidence, that certainty?

WVU coaches to players: Just relax - Inter-Mountain
The West Virginia University football coaching staff wants the players to just relax and go out and do what they do best - play football.

WVU offense looks to rebound from shutout loss, improve against No. 11 Oklahoma State - Daily Athenaeum
Coming off a historically inept offensive performance, the West Virginia offense is moving on and looking to turn things around when No. 11 Oklahoma State comes to Morgantown Saturday.

Pankey Return Possible as WVU OL Struggles - WVillustrated
Holgorsen called out his offensive line after losing to Maryland, now it's time for that front to step up its game.


West Virginia football recruiting 2014 updates -
Find out how the 2014 recruiting class is coming together for the West Virginia Mountaineers

Around the League (and Beyond):

A Game-By-Game Preview Of This Week's Games - Big 12 Conference

Big 12 Preview: Week Five - BGN

Iowa State gets first win, topples Tulsa, 38-21 - Ames Tribune

Baylor coach hopes story of ‘Tragedy to Triumph’ inspires - Waco Tribune

Close KU football victories haven’t meant momentum - Kansas City Star

Coach Bill Snyder says Kansas State’s two-quarterback system will continue - Kansas City Star

OFD Game Day Countdown: Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma - One Foot Down

West Virginia RBs a concern for Oklahoma State DC Glenn Spencer - Oklahoman

Welcome to the sinking Texas boat! Where's the captain? - Burnt Orange Nation

SMU Preview: Hating the Mustangs - Frogs O' War

Red Raiders Football Notebook - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 5 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

(11) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
Noon ET Saturday from MPS on ESPN/ESPN3. Pokes are giving 18.

Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. TCU Horned Frogs - ESPN
Noon ET Saturday from Amon G. Carter on FS1. Frogs are giving 19.5.

(14) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (22) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Preview - ESPN
3:30 pm ET Saturday from ND Stadium on NBC. Land Thieves are giving 3.5.

College Football TV Schedule
All times listed in here are Central

Video of Interest:

With the team welcoming the Oklahoma State Cowboys to Morgantown on Saturday, safety Karl Joseph knows the defense still has a lot of improvements to make.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 3 tablespoons chipotle chile powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 (3/4 pound) pork tenderloins

  1. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
  2. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, chipotle chile powder, salt, and brown sugar. Place tenderloins in bag and shake, coating meat evenly. Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate, and arrange meat on grate. Cook for 20 minutes, turning meat every 5 minutes. Remove from grill, let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

Recipe reprinted from

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I can't express how disappointed I was to have just found out that this was OREGON St. and not Oklahoma St. yesterday. I'm an idiot.

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