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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (10/6/14) Edition

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Breaking down the Kansas game further, new football commit, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Monday, Oct. 6 - WV MetroNews
Clint Trickett sounds disappointed with his performance in the Mountaineers’ 33-14 win over Kansas. We also hear from Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury after his team suffered a 45-13 loss to Kansas State.

Vingle: Gee assesses WVU athletics, tries to stay ahead of sheriff - Charleston Gazette
Time and time again since leaving his first stint in Morgantown in 1985, followers watched Gee’s name surface in controversy.

Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Duquesne - WVU Athletics
The men's soccer squad scored three goals in a win.

Izzo-Brown kicks cancer awareness into focus - Times West Virginian
It is an awareness that comes to every woman sooner or later, but for West Virginia University women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, it came when she was a teenager.

Bowden walks down memory lane on return to West Virginia - Register Herald
Bobby Bowden landed at the Morgantown Municipal Airport Friday, jumped in a car and headed toward downtown, where college football’s all-time winningest coach was scheduled to perform the duties of the grand marshall in the West Virginia University homecoming parade.

A Special Homecoming - WVU Athletics
Coke Zero helped one family have a special Homecoming.

News of Note:

New-look defense faces big tests - Charleston Daily Mail
On the surface, West Virginia’s defense didn’t look or act much differently Saturday than it had in the first four games.

Backup QB situation still cloudy for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Holgorsen would only say that Crest’s right/throwing shoulder was "all jacked up" and that he’d been hurting since the middle of WVU’s open week.

Trickett not happy despite Mountaineers' win - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Shortly after West Virginia closed out a 33-14 victory against Kansas Saturday night at Milan Puskar Stadium, quarterback Clint Trickett characterized his play as "horrible" seven times and "terrible" twice in a four-minute span.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU star players unhappy with a lackluster game - Times West Virginian
There are many ways one can measure West Virginia’s performance on Saturday in defeating Kansas, 33-14, but perhaps the best way to sum it up is to take a look at the Mountaineers two best performers — quarterback Clint Trickett and wide receiver Kevin White

A tale of two halfs - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
West Virginia played a crisp first half and dominated Kansas, building a commanding 26-0 halftime lead.

Plenty for WVU to clean up heading into Week 7 road trip to Lubbock - Daily Athenaeum
Although West Virginia registered a victory against Kansas Saturday, much frustration was shown from players and coaches alike following the Mountaineers third win in 2014.

Football Notebook: D Gets Gold Star Saturday - WVU Athletics
Defense allows nine first downs and 176 total yards against Kansas.

Monday Morning Stock Report: Defense won the day vs. Jayhawks - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor's weekly evaluation tells you how the Mountaineers graded in a 33-14 win over Kansas.

WVU run defense stepped up Saturday - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia’s defense held Kansas to 176 yards of total offense and forced the Jayhawks to punt a Big 12 record 14 times.

West Virginia defense finally hitting its stride - Times West Virginian
As it is with most good units, West Virginia’s defensive unit is evolving as it heads into Big 12 play, developing a personality to deal with the pass-happy days that lie ahead.

Downsizing defense a nod to Mountaineers’ future opponents - Charleston Gazette
The Mountaineers unveiled against Kansas a sleeker, faster defensive front designed to be able to rush the passers those upcoming foes will present.

West Virginia notebook: Adopting small-ball approach - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
With West Virginia in conference mode the rest of the season, the coaching staff has tinkered with the defense, going with smaller and more athletic linemen.

Golson, Muldrow fast and furious defensively - Exponent Telegram
Duo provides punch off the edge

HERTZEL COLUMN: Something must be done with special teams - Times West Virginian
Dana Holgorsen has to do something about his special teams play.

WVU Football Award Winners for the Kansas Game - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performance in the Mountaineers’ 33-14 win against Kansas on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Big 12 college football bowl projections: Week 6 - ESPN
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: West Virginia

2014 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 7 - ESPN
receiving votes

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 6 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
5 ↓ West Virginia Mountaineers

Recruiting:

Under-the-radar Ohio lineman commits to WVU - WV MetroNews
The 6-foot-1, 270-pound Robert Landers pledged to Mountaineers while visiting Saturday.

Robert Landers Now A Mountaineer - Scout
Ohio senior defensive tackle Robert Landers is visiting West Virginia today for their game against Kansas. Prior to the game, Landers got the news he was hoping for as the Mountaineer coaching staff offered and he quickly accepted.

West Virginia lands Ohio DL - WVSports.com
West Virginia continued its momentum on the recruiting trail Saturday afternoon by picking up a commitment from Huber Heights (Oh.) Wayne defensive tackle Robert Landers.

Commitment Spotlight Robert Landers - Scout
We shine our commitment spotlight on Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne defensive tackle Robert Landers who recently gave his pledge to West Virginia.

Following the Future: Week 7 - 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 seventh week of the season.

Junior DB likes two - Scout
The 2016 defensive back would especially like to hear more form Michigan State and West Virginia.

Pro News:

Eers in the NFL: Week Five - EerSports
A look at former Mountaineers playing in the National Football League during Week Five.

Pat White cast for role in future television series - WVU Pros
We learned on Friday night that White landed a role in a television series titled Gypsi.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 thoughts: Week 6 - FOX Sports

Baylor vs. Texas -- The Morning After -- Highlights, Links, Notes, Tweets - Our Daily Bears

Notebook: Cyclones knew kickoff Cowboys recovered was coming - Ames Tribune

Notebook: Nothing set in stone at QB for Kansas - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State's Curry Sexton wows teammates, crowd with late TD catch - Topeka Capital Journal

Second Half Defensive Adjustments Aren’t Enough To Save Sooners In 37-33 Loss - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State vs Iowa State Highlights of the Game - Cowboys Ride For Free

Perspective on the Texas defense's performance against Baylor - Burnt Orange Nation

Three Up, Three Down - Frogs O' War

Ten Thoughts on Texas Tech 13, Kansas State 45 - Viva The Matadors

Gameday Final - ESPN

Staples: Punt, Pass & Pork: Historic week of upsets resets College Football Playoff picture - SI.com

What's On Tap:

Men’s Basketball Ticket Information - WVU Athletics
Tickets for WVU men’s basketball non-conference home games and mini-packages for Big 12 home games will go on sale Monday, Oct. 6, at 9 a.m.

Video of Interest:

At the end of the 1st quarter during WVU's game against Kansas on October 4th, former WVU student and A1C Taylor Sutphin of the U.S. Air Force gave her family the surprise of a lifetime.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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