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West Virginia Defense Looking For Answers After Saturday's Loss To Oklahoma

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“We gave up too many plays early in the game,” Gibson said. “That first half, I just don’t understand.”

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News Of Note

Football:

Oklahoma exposed Mountaineers’ miscues on defense - Charleston Gazette-Mail
The Mountaineers were at their 2015 worst Saturday, whiffing on tackles, missing on blitzes, biting on fakes, picking up penalties and giving up significant gains, from commencement to crescendo in a 44-24 loss at Oklahoma.

Wins over Sooners getting harder to come by - Exponent Telegram
"It’s hard," WVU’s Karl Joseph, who had turned in another spectacular performance in this latest 44-24 loss, acknowledged. "Going out there, we knew it was our last chance against them."

After OU Loss, October Slate to Decide WVU’s Big 12 Fate - WVillustrated
It did not take a rocket scientist to understand what the West Virginia University football team was up against in the month of October.

Ignore the scoreboard, WVU is ready for Big 12 - Beckley Register-Herald
Each year since 2012 sometime in late September or early October — as soon as West Virginia loses its first Big 12 games — the doubters return like trick-or-treaters to the house that hands out the oversized Hershey bars.

Basketball:

Injury won't slow down Huggins, Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins has been around long enough to know not to feel sorry for himself because of an injury.

West Virginia Athletics:

No. 3/4 WVU Extends Win Streak to 10 - WVU Athletics
The No. 3/4 WVU women's soccer team earned a 2-1 win vs. TCU.

WVU’s Toughness Prevails in 3-2 Road Win - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University men’s soccer team used a pair of highlight-reel goals and withstood two late scores to beat St. Francis (Pa.), 3-2, on a rainy, cold Saturday afternoon in Loretto, Pa.

Wearing the Jersey: Ivo Cabral - WVU Athletics
Men's soccer junior midfielder Ivo Cabral discusses how his role has changed this year and how he ended up at West Virginia after growing up in Brazil.

Mountaineers Fall to No. 12 Jayhawks - WVU Athletics
Four different players finished with a team-high six kills as the West Virginia volleyball team dropped a 3-0 match to the No. 12 Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday afternoon at Horejsi Family Athletics Center in Lawrence, Kansas, on Saturday afternoon in set scores of 14-25, 18-25 and 12-25.

Recruiting

Mountaineers’ Class of 2016 coming into focus - Charleston Gazette-Mail
"We’ll lose 21 seniors and graduate 20 of the 21 guys for sure," Holgorsen said. "And then we’ll go out there and sign 28 more and be right back at 85."

WVU basketball lands commitment from Bender - Charleston Gazette-Mail
"It is true," Mrozick said. "He took his official visit last weekend, liked the visit and likes the opportunity to play for coach Huggins."

Mountaineers add commitment from ‘Kaminsky-like’ Polish forward Bender - WV MetroNews
6-foot-10 Maciej Bender committed to West Virginia on Sunday night over offers from Ole Miss, Georgia, Arizona State and Providence.

West Virginia Basketball Gets Its Second Big Recent Commitment With Maciej Bender - BGN
West Virginia got its second recent commitment from a big man in the class of 2016 when it added Maciej Bender from the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va.

Bender on board - WVSports.com
Bender, 6-foot-10, 205-pounds, officially visited West Virginia for the Maryland game and had narrowed his choices down to the Mountaineers and Ole Miss and confirmed that he was not planning to take any official visits.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

Big 12 promises 'disciplinary actions' for Kansas State-Oklahoma State refs - SBNation.com
It hasn't been a good season for Big 12 refs.

Texas DB Kris Boyd retweets Texas A&M transfer plea... at halftime - Burnt Orange Nation
Aside from the content of the tweet from Boyd, what is he doing on his phone on Twitter during halftime, anyway? Throwing in that context, is this a new low for the Horns?

Defensive Back Cre Moore arrested early Sunday Morning - Bring On The Cats
Expect a news release at some point. Only current details: Arrest was at 3:26 a.m. on the 1900 block of Poyntz.— Kellis Robinett...

Around The NCAA:

College football doesn't have a true No. 1, but Clemson's close enough right now - SBNation.com
The Top Whatever is Spencer Hall's weekly ranking of what he feels should be ranked at this exact moment.

What's On Tap

WVU Golf Heads to Wolfpack Intercollegiate - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers will competed in the rain-shortened event Monday & Tuesday.

West Virginia Pros

'Eers in the NFL: Week Four - EerSports
In this EerSports original piece, we take a look at former Mountaineers and how they fared this week in the NFL.

Quick Hit Video: Charles Sims makes a diving touchdown grab for Tampa Bay - BlueGoldSports
That was Sims’ second touchdown reception on the season.

Video Of Interest

Video Of (Dis)Interest

Miss Throwdown

Today's Miss Throwdown was a rookie in this year's SI Swimsuit edition. Click HERE for today's gallery of Belgian beauty Rose Bertram.