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Mountaineer Morning Links: Towson Pre-Game (9/5/14) Edition

Towson previews, soccer news, tailgate prep, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & viewing guide, plus more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Friday, Sept. 5 - WV MetroNews
Garrett Cullen and Brad Howe analyze offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson’s comments on the lack of run plays the Mountaineers attempted during their loss to Alabama.

Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Virginia Tech - WVU Athletics
The WVU men’s soccer team shutout Virginia Tech, 3-0, in a physical match in front of 1,493 fans on Thursday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Women's Soccer Set for 90 Minute Classic - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers (2-2) play host to Hofstra on Friday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m., and UNC Greensboro on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. Indiana State will meet the Spartans (2-2) on Friday at 5 p.m., and the Pride (2-1) on Sunday at noon.

WVU travels to Niagara for first road tournament of season - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University volleyball team is participating in its first away tournament of the season this weekend at Niagara University in New York.

WVUsportsBuzz Presented by U.S. Cellular - WVU Athletics
In this episode of the WVUsportsBuzz, Associate Athletic Director Matt Wells discusses the new graphics and Blue Lot parking at Milan Puskar Stadium. In addition, host Amanda Mazey speaks with women's soccer forward Kelsie Maloney on the team's home stand this weekend.

Ruby Growth Alters Blue Lot Parking - WVU Athletics
Changes to Blue Lot parking for 2014 football season and beyond.

News of Note:

Mountaineers address blitz issues for Towson game - Charleston Daily Mail
Team missed on six attempts against Alabama last week

Towson visits WVU after upset loss - Charleston Gazette
Doesn’t it seem WVU’s last easy win was the Orange Bowl?

Mitch’s matchups, WVU vs. Towson - Charleston Gazette
This will be a Tiger beat down.

Musings, Matchups and More: Towson - BGN
Our series of WVU - Towson preview articles continues with a look inside the expected matchups and tactics in Saturday's game.

Game Preview: Towson - WVSports.com
West Virginia (0-1) will look to bounce back in the 2014 home opener when FCS program Towson (0-1) rolls into town for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff and we breakdown the matchup.

Hope for defense after opener - Exponent Telegram
Mountaineers have assets to build off of

Solid effort covering Alabama wideout buoys WVU's Worley - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Daryl Worley wanted to broaden his job description.

2nd O-line may see action after starters held their own vs. Tide - WV MetroNews
"They played their asses off," said quarterback Clint Trickett.

Towson presents soul-searching Smith a chance to regain mojo - WV MetroNews
Straight talk from JaJuan Seider and steep competition in the WVU backfield has Dreamius Smth needing to find his edge.

Alford Feeling Confident After Strong Opener - EerSports
West Virginia senior wide receiver, Mario Alford, made sure his presence was felt in the Georgia Dome during the Mountaineers first game of the 2014 season against Alabama in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game.

Thompson Moving Past Drops - EerSports
Thompson had five catches for 62 yards against the Crimson Tide but had two costly drops that held the Mountaineers back from pulling off the miracle upset.

Mountaineers moving past dropped passes - Exponent Telegram
Dropped passes plagued the Mountaineers in their opener against Alabama — maybe even cost them the game.

White wants to be defined by success in 2014 - BGN
A year ago, Kevin White got to West Virginia with the intentions of becoming the Mountaineers’ go-to threat and one of the best receivers in the Big 12 Conference.

Mountaineers have a diamond in the rough at wide receiver - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Shortly after the final whistle, Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a Pitt alum, had tweeted: "My [timeline] is full of @kwhite8 comparisons today. Did he ball out?"

WVU’s Wellman drawing comparisons to Schmitt - Charleston Gazette
Elijah Wellman has played just one game — and really only a handful of snaps in that game — as a West Virginia fullback, but already he seems on the verge of something big.

Vingle: Big 12, WVU, MU notes - Charleston Gazette
Ye olde notebook

Mountaineers shouldn't overlook Towson - Martinsburg Journal
For fans, it’s easy to write off FCS opponents as easy wins That isn’t necessarily the case, though. Just ask Iowa State.

Crucial game ahead for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
The time is now.

Mountainners eager to bounce back at Milan Puskar Stadium Saturday night against Towson - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia is set for its home opener Saturday against Towson in Milan Puskar Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Under the Lights: WVU Football Looking Forward to Night Game in - WVillustrated
WVU coaches and players cannot wait for Saturday night's game, referring to night games in Morgantown as one of the best atmospheres in college football.

Mountaineers showing positives, negatives - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineer nation is buzzing.

Towson coach impressed by what he saw from WVU - Register Herald
Towson head coach Rob Ambrose is no stranger to West Virginia football.

Rah rah, hey hey, who is Towson anyway? - Charleston Daily Mail
Towson who? The Towson what? Towson, where?

Past Mountaineers weigh-in on current WVU football team - WVUPros
Mountaineers of the past, including Mike Dent, Najee Goode and Pat White, give us their thoughts about the Mountaineers of the present following Week 1.

Pro News:

Mountaineers in the NFL Week 1 Preview - WVUPros
Here is what to watch for in Week 1

Around the League (and Beyond):

Dress Well, Play Well: Baylor Uniforms in the Art Briles Era - Our Daily Bears

2014 Game II: Iowa State vs Kansas State Preview - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Searching for breakthrough, Kansas football faces another difficult schedule - Kansas City Star

Kansas State-Iowa State college football preview - Kansas City Star

Key Match-Ups As The Oklahoma Sooners Take On The Tulsa Golden Hurricane - Crimson And Cream Machine

Why Oklahoma State Will Defeat Missouri State - Cowboys Ride For Free

Don't call it revenge: Texas D out to stop BYU QB Taysom Hill - Burnt Orange Nation

Patterson says Frogs must leap ahead of opening win - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Back out front: Brown moves to starting right guard for Red Raiders - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Towson Tigers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7:30 pm from MPS on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh. No line.

WVU vs. Towson Tigers: Game Day Information, TV, Radio, Gamewatches & More - The Smoking Musket
Game day information: Game notes, tickets, TV, radio, parking, weather, etc.

Single Game Parking Passes Available - WVU Athletics
Parking passes in the Burgundy, Green, Gold, Purple and White Lots can be purchased in advance at WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME.

Updated Game Day Parking Information - WVU Athletics
With the home opener of the 2014 WVU football season scheduled for Sept. 6, the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is providing a guide to help fans, especially Blue Lot parking pass holders, with game day parking and tailgating information.

Game times listed below are all ET on Saturday

(4) Oklahoma Sooners vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane - Preview - ESPN
Noon from Chapman Stadium on ABC/ESPN2. Land Thieves are giving 24.5.

(20) Kansas State Wildcats vs. Iowa State Cyclones - Preview - ESPN
Farmageddon! Noon from the Jack on FS1. Cats are giving 12.

Missouri State Bears vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - ESPN
3:30 pm from the Boone on FSN affiliates. No line.

Southeast Missouri State Redhawks vs. Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
7 pm from Memorial Stadium on ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3. No Line.

BYU Cougars vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
7:30 pm from DKR on FS1. Horns are getting 1.5.

Northwestern State Demons vs. (10) Baylor Bears - Preview - ESPN
7:30 pm from McLane on FSN affiliates. No line.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. UTEP Miners - ESPN
11 pm from the Sun Bowl on FS1. Raiders are giving 20.5.

2014 College Football Week Two Television & Streaming Schedule - The Smoking Musket
Here's how to watch all of the games being televised this week.

Video of Interest:

The men's soccer team defeated Virginia Tech Thursday night and remain undefeated at 3-0.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Bacon Ranch Chicken Skewers

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 teaspoon hot chile paste (such assambal oelek)
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 24 (1-inch) pieces red onion
  • 12 slices thick cut bacon
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 12 (6 inch) bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 2 hours

Directions

1. Whisk together ranch dressing and hot chile paste in a large bowl.
2. Mix in chicken pieces and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 hours.
3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
4. Remove chicken from the bag and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat chicken pieces dry with more paper towels.
5. Thread a piece of onion about 1 1/2 inches down the skewer.
6. Thread the end portion of one strip of bacon onto skewer so the rest of the strip is hanging down. Skewer on a piece of chicken; thread on the next portion of the bacon. Turn the skewer so that the long end of the bacon is again hanging down. Repeat this process of skewering and turning until the entire strip of bacon is threaded, using 4 to 5 chicken pieces.
7. Thread a second piece of onion onto the end of the skewer.
8. Repeat steps 5 through 7 for all twelve skewers.
9. Season chicken skewers with salt and pepper as desired.
10. Cook the skewers on the preheated grill, turning every 3 to 4 minutes, until nicely browned on all sides and the meat is no longer pink in the center, 12 to 16 minutes total per skewer. Serve with ranch dressing as a dipping sauce.

Recipe from AllRecipes.com

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