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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (9/26/14) Edition

Football working on correcting mistakes, weekend soccer action, open week tailgate prep, Big 12 roundup & viewing guide, plus more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Friday, Sept. 26 - WV MetroNews
Joe Alexander, former WVU basketball player, discusses his life and career since graduating from West Virginia University. Also, Wendell Barnhouse from grades the Big 12 overall so far this football season.

No. 13 Women's Soccer Opens Big 12 Play - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers (7-2-1) kick off their conference season at TCU on Friday, Sept. 26, at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium in Fort Worth. The squad then travels to Austin for a meeting with the Longhorns (5-3-2) on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Mike A. Myers Stadium & Soccer Field.

WVU women's soccer team traveling in style - Exponent Telegram
Chartered airplane.

Men’s Soccer Faces Niagara at Home - WVU Athletics
The WVU men’s soccer team will return home to the friendly confines of Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium for a non-conference match against Niagara on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

WVU looks to rebound against Texas Tech - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University volleyball team will travel to Lubbock, Texas, to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday afternoon.

Coaches who need big seasons - Sporting News
10. Bob Huggins, West Virginia

News of Note:

You and what army - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
This is a Thing® now and it is exterminable

Bye week questions, Part I: Does WVU still have a shot at Big 12 title? - WV MetroNews
With one-third of the season complete, Allan Taylor ponders how the Mountaineers' expectations have changed.

Bye week questions, Part II: Evaluating run game and wondering about Worley - WV MetroNews
We complete our two-day question-and-answer segment about where the team is headed during the next eight games:

More expected out of WVU ground game - Charleston Gazette
Through the first four games of the season, West Virginia’s running game hasn’t been what most hoped it would be.

WVU looking to find consistency, fix mistakes - BGN
West Virginia does not have a game this week, getting its first bye week of the season after a 2-2 start.

Quarterback Trickett feeling at home with West Virginia football - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Look who's Mr. Popularity now.

WVU Offensive Production Back to Holgorsen-Like Numbers in 2014 - WVillustrated
Dana Holgorsen is back to his old tricks in 2014, guiding WVU towards the top of the national offensive rankings once again.

Campus Connection: 5 Nauseating Games - WVU Athletics
Five football games that will make you sick to your stomach.

Molinari Named Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy - WVU Athletics
The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation

Kansas looks for landmark win prior to game against Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
“First of all, beating anyone in the Big 12 is important us,” said coach Charlie Weis


Cook Back On The Market - BGN
Huntington Prep (W.Va.) center Levi Cook is back on the market after backing off his pledge to West Virginia. What does that mean for the big center, and the Mountaineer recruiting class of 2015?

Around the League (and Beyond):

Silence is golden: Bears want to quiet raucous Cyclone crowd - Waco Tribune

2014 Game IV: Iowa State vs Baylor Preview - Wide Right & Natty Lite

5 Questions: Kansas vs. Texas - Rock Chalk Talk

Key statistics for Kansas State Wildcats defense - ESPN

Anatomy Of A Play | Why Knight Was So Wide Open On The Reverse Pass - Crimson And Cream Machine

INSTANT RECAP: Oklahoma State 45, Texas Tech 35 - Cowboys Ride For Free (autoplay)

It's Texas DT Hassan Ridgeway's time to shine after Desmond Jackson's injury - Burnt Orange Nation

SMU will provide teaching moments for TCU’s secondary - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Red Raiders Fall to Oklahoma State, 45-35; Webb Injures Shoulder - Viva The Matadors

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 5 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

UTEP Miners vs. (25) Kansas State Wildcats - Preview - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Bill on FSN affiliates. Cats are giving 27.

TCU Horned Frogs vs. SMU Mustangs - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Gerry Ford Stadium on CBSSN. Frogs are giving 32.

Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
4:10 pm Saturday from Memorial Stadium on FS1. Horns are giving 12.5.

(7) Baylor Bears vs. Iowa State Cyclones - Preview - ESPN
8 pm Saturday from the Jack on FOX. Bears are giving 21.

2014 College Football TV Schedule Week Five: How To Watch, Game Times, Channels, & Live Streaming - The Smoking Musket
Here's how to watch all of the college football in week 5.

Video of Interest:

A big weekend of sports on the WVU campus as the tennis team hosts the Pink Invitational, the Men's soccer team plays on the home pitch, and the swimming and diving teams hit the water.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Crazy Caramel Apple Pie Bombs


12 frozen white dinner rolls, (uncooked)
2 medium apples, (I used gala)
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
30 vanilla caramels, unwrapped and divided
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp heavy cream
Flour, (for dusting)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place dinner rolls on a microwave safe plate and microwave on defrost for about 2 minutes (or until dough is no longer frozen, but not cooked).
  3. Butter a small casserole dish (approximately 9"x6") and set aside.
  4. Peel, core and dice apples. Place them in a medium size bowl. Add sugar and cinnamon. Toss to coat. Set aside. Unwrap and cut 18 caramels into quarters. Set aside.
  5. Lightly flour your countertop.
  6. Toss 1 piece of dough in flour and flatten and stretch like you are making a mini pizza. Stretch dough to about 3" across.
  7. Reserve ¼ cup apple mixture. Add a tablespoon of apple and 6 of the cut caramel pieces. Pull the edges of the dough together to create a ball. If they ball won't seal, tap your finger tips into the flour and crimp the seal together.
  8. Place dough ball in prepared dish. Repeat until all apple pies are in dish. Brush apple pies with melted butter (use it all). Sprinkle with reserved apple mixture and brown sugar.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the tops are golden brown and the pies are no longer doughy.
  10. Meanwhile, place 12 remaining unwrapped caramels and cream in a microwave safe bowl and heat until melted. Stop microwave and stir every 30 seconds. Once you have a smooth mixture, set aside to cool.
  11. Remove from oven and drizzle with caramel sauce.
  12. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe taken from Parade

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