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Coverage of the UConn win from around the horn, football notes, varsity results, recruiting, pro updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Monday, Nov. 24 - WV MetroNews
Tony Gibson explains how Kansas State beat WVU, even though the defense gave up just 1 yard rushing. We also recap the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic, where the Mountaineers won three games in four days to bring home the title, culminating with a 78-68 victory over 17th-ranked UConn.

Rifle Ends Fall Semester Undefeated - WVU Athletics
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team defeated Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe No. 13 NC State, 4714-4586, today, at the WVU Rifle Range.

XC Places Eighth at NCAA Championship - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University cross country team recorded its fifth NCAA top-10 finish since 2007

Wrestling Takes Fifth at Navy Classic - WVU Athletics
Michael Morales won the title at 141 while Zeke Moisey was third at 125.

Blocking Effort Leads Volleyball Past Baylor - WVU Athletics
A season-high 18 team blocks gave WVU its second consecutive Big 12 win.

The 10 best traditions in college football - Fan Index by Degree
10. West Virginia, "Take Me Home, Country Roads"

News of Note:

Backup QB Skyler Howard gave West Virginia something to cheer about - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia’s once-powerful air attack found new life late Thursday night, surpassing the 300-yard passing mark for the first time in more than a month thanks to an emergency call to the bullpen.

Howard takes advantage of opportunity - Martinsburg Journal
Clint Trickett's senior night ended with an interception.

WVU football somewhere in the middle of Big 12 - Exponent Telegram
The answer is the top of the Big 12 is as far away as the moon and as close as the end of your nose.

Late-season swoon overcomes Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Yet it’s also not worth arguing that he’d be helped if his players gave him some help, a tall task against the string of opponents the Mountaineers have played, but one that’s made easier if they make what are or were or should be routine plays.

WVU’s decline on QBs - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The late season slide continues.

Monday Morning Stock Report: Descending toward mediocrity - WV MetroNews
Another loss to K-State has West Virginia in another November freefall. Allan Taylor provides his weekly breakdown on a team that is breaking down.

FURFARI: A variety of sports items that may be of interest - Times West Virginian
Stringing together some odds and ends about sports items that may interest you

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 13 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
6 <=> West Virginia Mountaineers

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 14 - FOX Sports
6. West Virginia

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 13 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia QB Skyler Howard

UConn Hangover:

West Virginia upsets UConn for Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship - ESPN
Recap, stats, video, etc

WVU Knocks off No. 17 UConn - WVU Athletics
West Virginia goes wire to wire to beat the defending NCAA champs.

Mountaineers take down UConn - Charleston Daily Mail
The Mountaineers (5-0) never trailed in the game, and forced Connecticut into 19 turnovers in the victory over their former Big East Conference rivals.

Staten leads WVU to tournament title - Charleston Gazette
If West Virginia discovered nothing else while spending nearly a week in the Caribbean, it was that it might have the makings of a pretty good basketball team.

WVU hounds Huskies for title in Puerto Rico - Exponent Telegram
West Virginia is back.

Mountaineers victorious - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
West Virginia defeats Connecticut, 78-68

West Virginia waylays No. 17 Huskies in Puerto Rico title game - WV MetroNews
Juwan Staten took MVP honors but the cast was plentiful in a 78-68 upset of defending national champion UConn.

West Virginia Mushes Huskies, Take Title - BGN
In a game that looked more like something out of the NCAA Sweet 16 than a November holiday tournament, West Virginia jumped out to an early lead and never backed down as it throttled UConn 78-68 to win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

WVU beats UConn, wins Puerto Rico Tipoff - WVSports.com
West Virginia led from start to finish, knocking off No. 17 Connecticut 78 to 68 to claim the Puerto Rico Tipoff Championship Sunday night.

Basketball: Mountaineers pull off shocker in San Juan - WVUPros
Behind a 21 point effort by tournament MVP Juwan Staten, the Mountaineers went on to defeat the 17th ranked Connecticut Huskies 78-68 Sunday night in San Juan.

WVU Leads No. 17 UConn Wire-to-Wire, Wins Puerto Rico Tipoff - EerSports
West Virginia led No. 17 Connecticut wire-to-wire, eventually defeating the Huskies, 78-68, and winning the Puerto Rico Tipoff Championship on Sunday evening.

WVU Wins Puerto Rico Tip-Off - WVillustrated
The West Virginia Mountaineers took down the 17th ranked defending national champion Huskies 78 to 68 in the Puerto Rico Tip-off tournament Championship.

Baseball bug never bit WVU’s Browne in native Puerto Rico - Charleston Gazette
To say that Gary Browne was no good at baseball just wouldn’t be true.

Adrian a key for Mountaineers - Exponent Telegram
Adrian is a difference maker on this team, a different kind of player than the others.

Communication has changed over the years - Exponent Telegram
“This group has been, I think, probably against the trend. They’ve been guys that have hung out together, and I think our camaraderie is really good. It’s kind of changed from last year.”

Recruiting:

Adams Leads Franklin to Regional Championship - EerSports
Going around the country to look at how future Mountaineers fared in the second round of their respective playoffs.

Following the Future: Playoffs - 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.

Pro News:

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

WVU in the NFL: Week 12 - WVSports.com
Following each week of the NFL season, WVSports.com will provide updates about how former Mountaineers are fairing in the NFL.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 thoughts: Week 13 - FOX Sports

Final: Baylor Bears pummel Oklahoma State Cowboys, 49-28, on a wet Waco night - Our Daily Bears

Cyclones Falter Late - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Oklahoma Defeats Kansas 44-7 - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State kicker Matthew McCrane delivers under pressure - Topeka Capital Journal

Samaje Perine Sets All-Time NCAA Rushing Record - Crimson And Cream Machine

FULL RECAP: Baylor 49, Oklahoma State 28 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Basketball Defeats Cal To Win 2k Classic - Burnt Orange Nation

Being the first Frogs to win Big 12 title as important as playoffs - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Ten Thoughts on Texas Tech 34, Iowa State 31 - Viva The Matadors

Gameday Final - ESPN

Punt, Pass & Pork: Setting the stage for the biggest week of the 2014 season - Staples - SI.com

College football's best Vines, GIFs and quirks of Week 13 - SI.com

Video of Interest:

WVU quarterback Skyler Howard addresses the media following the Mountaineers' 26-20 loss to Kansas State on Thursday, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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