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Mountaineer Morning Links: Maryland Pre-Game (9/12/14) Edition

Maryland previews, men's soccer drops game, women's soccer in weekend action, recruiting notes, WVU Pros update, tailgate prep, Big 12 roundup & viewing guide, plus more.

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Terrapin Brewing Company's Monk's Revenge Belgian Style IPA, in preparation for tomorrow's opponent.


What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Friday, Sept. 12 - WV MetroNews
Danny Young, the head coach of recent WVU basketball commit Esa Ahmad, explains the process of Ahmad’s journey to Morgantown and the reasons behind his decision. Also, Maryland football color analyst Tim Strachan expects a great contest between West Virginia and Maryland tomorrow at College Park.

Campus Connection: Weekend Notebook - WVU Athletics
This week's West Virginia University news and notes.

No. 13 Women's Soccer Looks to Extend Win Streak - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers (4-2) renew a rivalry with No. 16 Georgetown on Friday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., and welcome Duquesne on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m.

Men’s Soccer Falls to No. 9 UC Irvine - WVU Athletics
Despite scoring the game’s first goal, the WVU men’s soccer team fell 3-2 to No. 9 UC Irvine on Thursday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Volleyball to Host Mountaineer Invitational - WVU Athletics
Putting a 6-match win streak on the line, the West Virginia University volleyball team will welcome four teams to the WVU Coliseum as part of the Mountaineer Invitational this Friday and Saturday.

WVUsportsBuzz Presented by U.S. Cellular - WVU Athletics
Both women's soccer and volleyball enter this weekend on winning streaks, while cross country has also began its season on a positive note.

News of Note:

Mountaineer Insider Podcast - WVU Athletics (autoplay)
This week Jeff has interviews with associate head coach Tom Bradley and Dave Revsine of the Big Ten Network. Jeff also answers your twitter questions in the final segment.

Holgorsen’s plan changes with confident offense - Charleston Daily Mail
"I think our mentality is in a much different place," Holgorsen said.

Shannon Dawson Looks for More Explosive Offense - EerSports
West Virginia Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson is pleased with his offense, but says there is still room for improvement, especially in the big play department.

Big plays missing from WVU offense - Charleston Gazette
WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said when asked about the paucity of explosive plays. "And we had a little talk offensively about that.’’

Game Preview: Maryland - WVSports.com
West Virginia (1-1) will look for some payback Saturday against border rival Maryland (2-0) as the Mountaineers travel to College Park for the last non-conference game of the season

Mitch’s matchups: WVU vs. Maryland - Charleston Gazette
Prediction: WVU, 28-21. Could, in a twist, a Shell hurt Terrapins?

Big 12 players in the Week 3 spotlight - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia CB Daryl Worley

Trickett calls White most complete WR he has played with—FSU included - WV MetroNews
West Virginia receiver is Big 12's early leader in catches, receiving yards and Larry Fitzgerald comparisons.

Defense Looking to Finish, Create Turnovers - EerSports
West Virginia defensive lineman Kyle Rose talks about what the defense is focusing on heading into this Saturday's game against Maryland.

Mountaineers hoping to deliver 'payback' - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
To a man, every West Virginia player said he has tried to forget that dark day last September, a soggy and sorry Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore when Maryland blanked the Mountaineers, 37-0.

Re-energized team stoked for Maryland - WV MetroNews
After West Virginia's bouts of lethargy last season, Holgorsen finds a renewed intensity this time around.

WVU Football Quietly Motivated in Revenge Game Against Maryland - WVillustrated
Maryland's 37-0 thrashing of West Virginia one year ago has the Mountaineers quietly waiting for their chance to get another shot at the Terps on Saturday afternoon.

WVU enters Saturday’s matchup against Maryland with different mindset than a year ago - Daily Athenaeum
The Mountaineers haven’t forgotten about last year’s embarrassing 37-0 loss to the Terrapins in Baltimore and will surely have revenge on their minds this time around.

WVU - Maryland: Musings, Matchups and More - BGN
The "Maryland is a barometer game" angle has been done to death, so we look much deeper into potential keys in the border battle between the Terps and the Mountaineers.

Running for a reason - Exponent Telegram
Trickett extending plays, but Holgorsen wants him to get rid of ball

Defense key against the Terps - Daily Athenaeum
the only thing standing between a 2-1 record to begin 2014, is how well the WVU defense can hold up Saturday at Maryland (2-0).

Harper making his mark on defense, special teams - Exponent Telegram
Ask Harper how he wound up here, and he goes back to a night in 2007, a game between the Mountaineers and Louisville, a game in which West Virginia squandered a 17-point lead.

FURFARI COLUMN: Fancy jerseys and uniforms do not win football games - Times West Virginian
Word that the Maryland football team is planning to wear an historically new set of uniforms for Saturday’s game against West Virginia University triggered a discussion about a recent trend in game dress.

Hickman: Maryland QB has hung in there - Charleston Gazette
Why is it when West Virginia and Maryland play these days there always seems to be a quarterback issue surrounding the Terps?

Can the Mountaineers break 'The Curse of the Little Lefty'? - Register Herald
Babe Ruth has nothing on Scott McBrien when it comes to curses.

Familiar faces for Maryland Terrapins - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
A week after earning its first shutout win since 2010, West Virginia is set to face Maryland, a team that handed the Mountaineers their first shutout loss since 2001 a season ago.

Ex-WPIAL star has staying power at Maryland - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown has been locked in on West Virginia all week, but another game Saturday caught his eye.

Stats Preview - Toppling the Mountaineers - Testudo Times
Maryland takes on border rival West Virginia in a crucial litmus test in College Park

Maryland football: Terps defense faces stiff test in athletic West Virginia offense - Testudo Times
Maryland's defense has plenty of challenges against the Mountaineers.

Mountaineer Flashback: '88 Maryland - WVU Athletics
This Maryland game truly was a barometer for WVU.

WVU-Towson: Entrance Video - WVU Athletics
Check out the 2014 WVU football entrance video from the Towson game. The first half of the video was created by Chris Ostien (@COstien), and the second half of the video was produced by Doug Cross (@DougityDog).

Recruiting:

‘First-class visit’ impressed WVU commitment - Charleston Gazette
Perhaps appropriately for the sport, WVU coach Bob Huggins put the full-court press on Esa Ahmad, one of the nation’s top basketball recruits.

Vingle: WVU recruiting, MEC scheduling and J.R. House - Charleston Gazette
The views from here

Pro News:

Mountaineers in the NFL Week 2 Game Guide - WVU Pros
Find where and when to watch your favorite WVUPros during Week 2 action here.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor vs. Buffalo Preview / Prediction Thread - Our Daily Bears

2014 Game III: Iowa State at Iowa Preview - Wide Right & Natty Lite

5 Questions: Kansas vs. Duke - Rock Chalk Talk

After lackluster win over Cyclones, K-State focuses on cleaning up penalties, mental mistakes - Daily Journal

Key Match-Ups As The Oklahoma Sooners Host The Tennessee Volunteers - Crimson And Cream Machine

BREAKING: Oklahoma State QB J.W. Walsh Underwent Surgery Today - Cowboys Ride For Free

UCLA vs. Texas 2014 preview, odds, keys, score prediction - SBNation.com

TCU notes: Minnesota preparation goes back to fall camp - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Red Raiders face a big challenge with Arkansas' running game, 1,604-pound offensive line - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 3 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Maryland Terrapins - Preview - ESPN
Noon from Byrd Stadium on Big Ten Network. Terps are giving 3.5.

Baylor Bears vs. Buffalo Bulls - Preview - ESPN
8 pm tonight from UB Stadium on ESPN/ESPN3. Bears are giving 34.5.

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Duke Blue Devils - Preview - ESPN
3:30 pm from Wallace Wade on ESPN Gameplan/ESPN3. Dookies are giving 14.5.

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
3:30 from Jones AT&Ton ABC. Hogs are getting 1.5.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Iowa Hawkeyes - ESPN
3:30 pm from Kinnick on ESPN/ESPN3. Hawks are giving 12.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. TCU Horned Frogs - ESPN
4 pm from Amon G on FS1. Frogs are giving 16.5.

UTSA Roadrunners vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - ESPN
7 pm from the Boone on FSN affiliates. Pokes are giving 13.5.

Tennessee Volunteers vs. (4) Oklahoma Sooners - Preview - ESPN
8 pm from Memorial Stadium on ABC. Land Thieves are giving 21.

(12) UCLA Bruins vs. Texas Longhorns - Preview - ESPN
8:15 pm from Jerry World on Fox. Bruins are giving 7.5.

2014 College Football TV Schedule Week Three: How To Watch, Game Times, Channels, & Live Streaming - The Smoking Musket
Here's the master list for all of your college football obsession in week 3.

Video of Interest:

Highlights from West Virginia's 55-24 victory over Maryland at Mountaineer Field on September 17, 1988.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Sweet Teriyaki Beef Skewers

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup pineapple juice (optional)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
4 pounds boneless round steak, cut into
1/4-inch slices
bamboo skewers, soaked in water

Directions

1. Whisk brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, water, vegetable oil, and garlic together in a large bowl; drop beef slices into the mixture and stir to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap.
2. Marinate beef in refrigerator for 24 hours.
3. Remove beef from the marinade, shaking to remove any excess liquid. Discard marinade.
4. Thread beef slices in a zig-zag onto the skewers.
5. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.
6. Cook skewers on preheated grill until the beef is cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.

Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.com

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

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