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Holgorsen on Big 12 teleconference, recruiting notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday, Oct. 7 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen recalls his team’s disaster in Lubbock two years ago. We also hear from Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury regarding the Red Raiders’ mindset as they endure a three-game losing streak.

Women's Soccer Steady at No. 14 - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers open their 2014 home Big 12 Conference slate this Friday against No. 15 Texas Tech.

WVU looks for revenge against Texas Tech this weekend - Daily Athenaeum
After a week of sitting idle, the West Virginia women’s soccer team returns to action Friday night against Texas Tech.

Merriam Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

Rifle Schedule Adjustment - WVU Athletics
The WVU rifle team's schedule for Oct. 25-26 has been adjusted.

News of Note:

Options slim behind Thompson for punt return job - Charleston Daily Mail
"If we had another guy," special teams coordinator Joe DeForest said, "we’d put him in there."

WVU returns to scene of the crime - Charleston Gazette
"I’m not interested talking about the travel and negative effects. Road games are road games and home games are home games, and that’s the way we approach it.’’

WVU different from last trip to Lubbock - BGN
As the West Virginia football team prepared to go into Lubbock two years ago to take on Texas Tech, things were a little different for the Mountaineers.

Big 12 Teleconference: Holgorsen Prepares for Texas Tech - WVillustrated
WVU Head Football Coach Dana Holgorsen spoke during the weekly Big 12 Teleconference on Monday, looking ahead to WVU's next game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Holgorsen's Take: Big 12 Teleconference - WVSports.com
West Virginia (3-2, 1-1) will hit the road for a critical Big 12 Conference matchup with Texas Tech (2-3, 0-2) Saturday at noon and there won't be many secrets between the two coaching staffs heading into the game.

WVU's Holgorsen hoping for better return to Lubbock this time around - Register Herald
Dana Holgorsen was a Mountain State hero when his West Virginia University team boarded a charter flight bound for Lubbock, Texas, on Oct. 12, 2012. The second-year Mountaineer head coach could have run for governor of West Virginia and won without a single campaign ad.

Holgorsen: "Everything Starts Up Front" - EerSports
West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen spoke with the media on the Big12 Teleconference on Monday, and gave a rundown of where he feels his team stands at the moment.

The Takeaway: Balance leaves Holgo’s offense further from the Leach tree - WV MetroNews
Where does WVU stand in the Big 12 power poll? Allan Taylor and Garrett Cullen discuss in this weekly film study.

KU coach believes WVU offense among best in nation - Exponent Telegram
Sometimes we get so close to things that we really don’t appreciate what we have.

FURFARI COLUMN: Some positives and negatives in ugly WVU's win vs. Kansas - Times West Virginian
As everyone says, a win is a win and West Virginia’s football team did defeat inept Kansas, 33-14, last Saturday afternoon.

The negative side of winning - Times West Virginian
These days, the columnists, and we may be included on that list at times, are quick to point out all the negative things about the victory. For now, let’s talk about the game with Kansas.

WVU Running Is Game Starting to Take Form - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Color Clint Bowen impressed.

Hickman: Riddick managing to stay afloat - Charleston Gazette
"On the field [at the FBS level] are a lot more high-caliber athletes compared to being at Gardner-Webb,’’ Riddick said. "There I was a shark in a little pond.’’

Kingsbury On WVU Contest: Stay The Course - BGN
West Virginia and Texas Tech enter Saturday’s contest seemingly headed in opposite directions

MUSIC VIDEO: Mountaineers Defense Dominates KU on Homecoming - WVillustrated
The sights and sounds from West Virginia's 33-14 victory over Kansas on Saturday during Homecoming in Morgantown.

Recruiting:

Ohio DT makes quick commitment to WVU - Charleston Gazette
On Saturday afternoon, Wayne (Ohio) defensive tackle Robert Landers received an offer from West Virginia and committed on the spot.

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here’s the latest around the Big 12 on the recruiting trail this week

Pro News:

Mountaineers in the NFL Week 5 recap: Geno gets benched, Stedman gets first catch of season - WVU Pros
Here’s how your favorite Mountaineers fared in Week 5.

CFL Week 15 Recap: Slaton Productive in Victory; Sanders Receives Honor - WVU Pros
The only game of note in this week’s WVU Pros CFL recap was that of Saturday afternoon’s tilt between the visiting Edmonton Eskimos, and the home town Toronto Argonauts at Roger’s Centre.

Around the League (and Beyond):

As dust clears, Baylor football’s schedule offers no break - Waco Tribune (autoplay)

Iowa State needs to make its own luck - Des Moines Register

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

Big 12 Report: Kansas State’s discipline paying dividends - Wichita Eagle

Will Keith Ford Be Available Against Texas? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Did The Big 12 Refs Give Oklahoma State the Win Over Iowa State? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Board of Regents endorse Charlie Strong's core values - Burnt Orange Nation

Monday Morning Quarterback: Sooner Stompin' - Frogs O' War

Why Kliff Kingsbury Believes in Davis Webb - Viva The Matadors

Forde-Yard Dash: Measuring the fallout from Separation Saturday - Yahoo Sports (autoplay)

What's On Tap:

Volleyball to Host Free Youth Clinic - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team will host a free youth clinic at the WVU Coliseum on Saturday, October 11, immediately following the Mountaineers’ match against TCU.

Only Single Seat Tickets Remain For Baylor - WVU Athletics
Only single seat tickets, no two together, remain for the West Virginia – Baylor matchup at noon on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Tickets for VMI Game on Sale - WVU Athletics
Tickets are currently on sale for the WVU-VMI men’s basketball game at the Mountaineer Ticket Office. The game will be played at the Charleston Civic Center on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Video of Interest:

WVU junior cornerback Terrell Chestnut has battled through a plethora injuries and multiple surgeries to earn a spot in the starting lineup on the Mountaineer defense.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an all American LA girl. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Bryana Holly.