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Mountaineer Morning Links: Iowa State Pre-Game (11/28/14) Edition

Iowa State previews, player features, basketball notes & previews, recruiting update, a heartbreaking profile of Darryl Talley, Big 12 roundup, viewing guide, tailgate prep & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Ticket Special - WVU Athletics
Tickets are just $10 for Texas

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins not surprised by Mountaineers' fast start - ESPN
Nobody saw West Virginia's 5-0 start and rise into the top 25 ... right? Coach Bob Huggins did.

Mountaineers come home unbeaten - Exponent Telegram
Home at last.

WVU hoops true freshmen blossoming early - Charleston Daily Mail
The collegiate careers of Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles are in their infancy. Career highs and firsts can come frequently.

Carter Shines for W. Virginia - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Freshman reserve Jevon Carter is making the tough transition from hard work in practice to solid performance in games for No. 21 West Virginia.

News of Note:

QB Howard flashes potential - Charleston Daily Mail
Howard played for only the second time for WVU in last week’s loss to then-No. 12 Kansas State and invigorated the offense.

Mountaineer Insider Podcast - WVU Athletics (autoplay)
Previews of thisThis week's Insider Podcast features previews of this Saturday's Iowa State game with Cyclone coach Paul Rhoads, Saturday's College of Charleston game with associate head coach Larry Harrison and a sit down interview with senior linebacker Wes Tonkery. weekend's games and an interview with Wes Tonkery.

Gold & Blue Now: Friday , Nov. 28 - WV MetroNews
Eric Heft, Iowa State’s color analyst breaks down the Cyclones disappointing season.

Holgorsen at loss to explain Mountaineers' rash of fumbles - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Ball security is a problem," Holgorsen said earlier this week. "I can assure you we've talked about it. I've obsessed over it. We've read books on it. We've made [players] read books on it. We've made them write books on it. We've talked about it. We've shown videos."

Turnovers a huge issue for Mountaineers - Register Herald
The Mountaineers’ issues with turnovers — giving them away on offense and failing to get them on defense — are obvious to even the most novice football fan.

Petteway poised to make first career start - Charleston Gazette
There never seemed much doubt that Shaq Petteway was going to play a lot of football for West Virginia.

ISU Final Tilt To Weigh WVU Season - BGN
Seems odd, and a dash of sad, to write that this Iowa State game might well be the final tilt – literally and figuratively – that weighs West Virginia’s season as a success or just another build-up that left fans, and the program, wanting after the latest of collapses.

West Virginia takes on Iowa State Saturday - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
It's been the same script for the West Virginia Mountaineers for the past three seasons. A late season slide.

Gridiron nomad Christian makes last collegiate stop at WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
After a taking a long and twisting path through three FBS programs and four conferences, "I feel I ended up in the right place," Cullen Christian said.

Rhoads’ days at Iowa State could be numbered - Charleston Gazette
When West Virginia visits Iowa State this weekend, it might be to say goodbye to an old nemesis.

Mitch’s matchups - Charleston Gazette
Before you get confused, yes, there are two Iowa State Sam Richardsons.

Picks and Pontifications: WVU vs Iowa State - BGN
point differential will be in the spotlight at West Virginia travels to Iowa State.


Video: Jovon Durante Scout Spotlight - Scout
Jovon Durante is a 4-Star wide receiver prospect from Miramar HIgh School in Florida. He is committed to play college football for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Pro News:

Broke and broken - Buffalo News
Super Bowl-era Bills are like superheroes to the fans, but Darryl Talley’s story is devastatingly real. At 54, his life is in tatters – his body wrecked and mind deteriorating, with no relief in sight.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Prince, O’Neale lead Baylor past Memphis, 71-47 - Waco Tribune

A Football Martyr: In 1923, African-American lineman Jack Trice was killed in his second game for Iowa State. Decades later, he's become a football legend while the circumstances of his death remain a mystery. -

Kansas Defeats Rhode Island 76-60 - Rock Chalk Talk

Kansas State ready for temporary move out of its football complex - Wichita Eagle

Battle 4 Atlantis | Oklahoma Sooners Shut Down Butler 59-46, Advance To Title Game - Crimson And Cream Machine

A closer look at Mike Gundy's contract and free agency in the college football coaching world - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas suffers major regression in 48-10 loss to TCU - Burnt Orange Nation

Frogs Stuff Longhorns, make playoff pitch: TCU 48, UT 10 - Frogs O' War

The Huddle: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Baylor Bears - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Jack on FS1. WVU is giving 13.

College Of Charleston Cougars vs. (21) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7:30 pm Saturday from the Oliver Garden on WV Media Holdings Channels.

Fairfield Stags vs. (22) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Women's Basketball - 2 pm Saturday from the Oliver Garden

(7) Baylor Bears vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Preview - ESPN
3:30 pm Saturday from JerryWorld on ABC/ESPN2. Bears are giving 24.5.

Kansas Jayhawks vs. (12) Kansas State Wildcats - Preview - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Bill on FS1. Cats are giving 27.

Video of Interest:

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Southwestern Turkey Soup


  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked turkey
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile
  • 2 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado - peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack chees


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine turkey, broth, canned tomatoes, green chiles, fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, and lime juice. Season with cayenne, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in avocado and cilantro, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until slightly thickened. Spoon into serving bowls, and top with shredded cheese.

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Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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