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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (10/20/14) Edition

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More Baylor game coverage, weekend varsity results, new football commit, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Monday, Oct. 20 - WV MetroNews
Tony Gibson praises his defense and their performance against fourth-ranked Baylor. We also catch up with Dana Holgorsen, who finally was happy with the way that Shaq Riddick played, as he finished with four TFL’s, including two sacks.

Blue Defeats Gold in Basketball Scrimmage - WVU Athletics
Devin Williams had 13 points to lead the Blue team to a 45-29 win.

No. 13 Women's Soccer Downs Iowa State - WVU Athletics
The No. 13 WVU women's soccer team took a 3-0 win at Iowa State.

No. 13 Women's Soccer Takes Down No. 9 Kansas - WVU Athletics
The No. 13 WVU women's soccer team earned 2-0 win at No. 9 Kansas.

Men's Soccer Falls at Akron - WVU Athletics
The WVU men's soccer team gave up three unanswered goals.

Baseball Ties Marshall in Exhibition - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team played to a tie with Marshall.

Authorities assess damage from riots sparked by WVUs upset win over Baylor - FOX Sports
Morgantown authorities on Sunday assessed damage from riots that broke out following West Virginia's 41-27 win over No. 4 Baylor, while WVU President Gordon Gee warned students that he will not tolerate such behavior.

News of Note:

Gibson’s plan worked to perfection - Charleston Daily Mail
Tony Gibson might have been crazy, but he was not insane.

Defensive gamble paid off vs. Baylor - Charleston Gazette
"I wouldn’t want to go back and play them again next week with that same plan, I’ll tell you that,’’ Gibson said. "But that’s why you prepare and play them once a year.’’

WVU handles adversity in pivotal win - Charleston Daily Mail
"It was pretty bad," added WVU coach Dana Holgorsen, before adding, "but nobody panicked."

Big 12 thoughts: Week 8 - FOX Sports
The new Big 12 dark horse is West Virginia.

West Virginia Emerges as Big 12 Title Contender After Win Over Baylor - AthlonSports.com
Don't forget about WVU in the Big 12 title picture.

Big Picture: How West Virginia silenced Baylor's vaunted offense, more Week 8 - FOX Sports
Gibson's game plan for Baylor was to attack the Bears offense more than anyone else had tried to all season

Riddick & Co. Step Up Defensive Effort in Key Win Over No. 4 Bay - WVillustrated
The WVU defense showed up in a big way on Saturday, shutting down the Baylor offense, which has not been done by any team this season.

Much momentum moving forward - Daily Athenaeum
After unseating No. 4 Baylor from the ranks of the unbeaten Saturday, one can’t help but think this is West Virginia’s year to make some serious noise in the Big 12.

WVU’s defense silences Baylor’s explosive offense - Daily Athenaeum
For a team that it seemed nearly impossible to stop offensively, West Virginia’s defense was able to hold the Baylor Bears to just 27 points – almost half of the points the Bears have been averaging in 2014 with 52.7 per game coming into Morgantown Saturday.

FURAFRI : WVU shows best balance in all-time great victory - Times West Virginian
West Virginia University’s football team probably performed better in Saturday’s 41-27 upset of the nationally No. 4-ranked Baylor Bears than it had in many years.

Holgorsen wants Mountaineers to move on after their big win - Register Herald
The West Virginia football staff has felt all along that the team has been moving in the right direction, and after close losses to a pair of top 5 opponents in Oklahoma and Alabama, many were starting to believe.

Back in the spotlight - Exponent Telegram
"The season’s not over — enjoy it tonight but get ready to show back up tomorrow to work because we play another ranked team again next week."

WR White Becomes A Monster For ’Eers - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Kevin White said he never played in a game like the one Saturday.

Mountaineers continue their improvement - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
John Denver has been gone a long time but if he were able to watch from above he surely would have been pleased to hear 60,000 people spontaneously break out singing his version of "Country Roads" at the end of West Virginia's 41-27 upset win over Baylor on Saturday.

West Virginia notebook: Mountaineers pressure key to Baylor upset - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
"We had him thinking," said Gibson, who also coaches the linebackers.

Riddick Named Walter Camp Player of Week - WVU Athletics
Shaq Riddick Named Walter Camp Player of Week

West Virginia Award Winners for the Baylor Game - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performances in the Mountaineers’ 41-27 win against No. 4 Baylor on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Monday Morning Stock Report: Upset lifts WVU into thick of Big 12 race - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor's weekly evaluation finds Kevin White turning down the volume on Baylor's brashness.

New College Football Playoff and bowl projections: Michigan State, Oregon back - SBNation.com
And if West Virginia goes 9-3 or so after losing to Bama, then OH GOD THE STRENGTH-OF-SCHEDULE YELLING that would ensue.

Big 12 college football bowl projections: Week 8 - ESPN
Valero Alamo Bowl: West Virginia

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 8 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
3 ↑ West Virginia Mountaineers

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 9 - FOX Sports
4. West Virginia (5-2, 3-1). Last week: 5.

The best and worst of the Big 12: Week 8 - FOX Sports
Let's hand out the hardware for Week 8 in the Big 12.

Punt, Pass & Pork: Nonconference losses may doom Big 12 playoff chances - Andy Staples - SI.com
Nonconference failings could put Big 12's College Football Playoff chances in jeopardy; more Week 8 analysis in Punt, Pass & Pork.

Gameday Final - ESPN
Best plays 1. West Virginia's Kevin White made a leaping 36-yard touchdown catch in the Mountaineers' upset of Baylor.

Baylor Bears at West Virginia Mountaineers Photo Highlights - AthlonSports.com

Recruiting:

Shuler Finds Home At West Virgina - BGN
West Virginia received another commitment following its thrilling 41-27 win over No. 4 Baylor on Saturday.

Best of the visits: Big 12 - ESPN
The 41-27 West Virginia win was even sweeter when the Mountaineers picked up commitment No. 21 on Sunday in rising Florida DE Adam Shuler.

Following the Future: Week 8 - WVSports.com
Throughout the fall, WVSports.com will take an extensive look at how the current West Virginia commits fare week to week throughout their senior football seasons. Here's how some did during their eighth week of the season.

No Stopping the Chuggernaut - EerSports
Quarterback commit Chris Chugunov continued his torrid senior season, completing 20-of-28 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns, and also ran for a touchdown in a 55-26 win for his Montgomery (NJ) team on Saturday afternoon.

Pro News:

Rams fake out Seahawks for a punt return touchdown - SBNation.com
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Eers in the NFL: Week Seven - EerSports
A look at former Mountaineers playing in the National Football League during Week Seven.

CFL Week 17 Recap: Slaton Has Career Game in Latest Outing - WVU Pros
Three of the four games around the Canadian Football League this past weekend featured a Mountaineer football alum in action.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor notebook: Under 30 points, Bears struggle; Baker injured; Callahan shines - Waco Tribune

Rhoads a genius for seeing Mangino's genius - Des Moines Register

Streaking in wrong direction - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State is the new Big 12 team to beat after win at Oklahoma - CBSSports.com

Costly mistake squanders otherwise fantastic performance by Trevor Knight in Sooners' loss to Kansas State - Oklahoman (autoplay)

An Open Letter to J.W. Walsh - Cowboys Ride For Free

Video: Texas coach Charlie Strong - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Three Up, Three Down - OSU - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant Hospitalized After Apparent Altercation - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Oklahoma State Football Game Televised on ESPN - WVU Athletics
The Big 12 Conference has announced that WVU’s Saturday, Oct. 25, Big 12 Conference football game versus Oklahoma State at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma, at 3:30 p.m., ET, will be televised on ESPN

Video of Interest:

Kevin White's amazing one-handed TD catch is this week's I-77 Autogroup.com Drive of the Game.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I wanted to use this Friday, but didn't want to jinx it...guess it worked

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a sexy Ukrainian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Yara Khmidan.