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Running game taking up slack of mediocre passing attack | The Exponent Telegram
Let us understand, West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen could not be happier that he has developed a strong running attack even though it is a stark departure from the reputation he built over the years as a master in the passing game.
Is WVU becoming 'Ground Raid?' | Beckley Register-Herald
When Dana Holgorsen came to Morgantown in 2011, he brought "Air Raid" sirens with him. The West Virginia University offense, which had thrived on running the football with guys like Pat White, Steve Slaton and Noel Devine during the Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart eras, was suddenly supposed to be headed in the opposite direction, going to the air more often than a billionaire on his private jet.
Despite losing games, WVU hasn’t lost its dignity | Times West Virginian
West Virginia’s football team has lost four games this season but it has not lost its dignity. Quite to the contrary.
Barber, Chestnut hope to return for Texas game | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Their green jerseys signaled their fragility to teammates, but redshirt seniors and defensive starters Jared Barber and Terrell Chestnut refused to let shoulder injuries keep them out of West Virginia's practice Sunday night.
WVU lineman Lazard delivers on promise against Texas Tech | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Before Saturday, the hard part for Marcell Lazard was keeping up with the company he used to keep. The offensive lineman was a freshman in West Virginia’s 2013 recruiting class, a group of productive players for the Mountaineers.
Lazard relishes first chance after ‘lethargic’ start to career | WV MetroNews
On the Sunday before West Virginia faced Texas Tech, a teammate told Marcell Lazard to check the board in the offensive line meeting room.
Defense stays solid for West Virginia in victory | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For as desperate as West Virginia was for a win Saturday against Texas Tech, its defense was that much thirstier for a good showing.
Taking stock of how West Virginia blanketed the Red Raiders | WV MetroNews
Some 49 games and nearly four calendar years had elapsed since Texas Tech failed to throw for 200 yards in a game, a streak that withered against West Virginia’s defense.
West Virginia’s main forwards are hoping for breakout seasons | The Daily Athenaeum
Following an inconsistent 2015 campaign for the West Virginia University men’s basketball team’s forwards, they’re prepared to take the next step on the court.
WVU needs Holmes to lead an offensive turnaround in 2015-16 | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team is gearing up for its season-opener Saturday in the Coliseum, with athletes at the forward position eager to showcase their talents.
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West Virginia earns No. 2 seed in NCAA Tournament | The Daily Athenaeum
The 2015 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament bracket was announced Monday afternoon. West Virginia was ranked No. 2 at the end of the season and projected to be a regional host before an early exit from the Big 12 tournament. The Mountaineers will take on Duquesne in the first round.
WVU women to host Duquesne in NCAA soccer tournament | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team earned one of four No. 2 seeds for the NCAA tournament and will host Duquesne in the first round at 6 p.m. on Friday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown.
WVU’s LeBlanc forges special bond with players past and present | The Daily Athenaeum
In August 2006, the West Virginia men’s soccer team needed to fill its head coach vacancy left by the departure of Mike Seabolt. It found its man in Marlon LeBlanc, who was hired a few weeks from the start of the season.
Around The Big 12:
Texas no longer among football elite | The Exponent Telegram
It may be difficult for today’s teens and the college students to understand just how golden the Texas franchise is in college football, for in the most recent past they have struggled badly and sadly.
Baylor Bears entering a critical stretch which will determine College Football Playoff chances | Campus Rush
As college football hurtles toward the final quarter of the season, there's an aura of mystery hovering around the Big 12.
Baylor Bears, Oklahoma Sooners to clash in playoff elimination game | ESPN
The Big 12 "November to Remember" kicked off Saturday with an epic performance and stunning result.
Around The NCAA:
Alabama shut down Leonard Fournette without doing anything special. That's terrifying. | SBNation.com
Alabama didn't need to load the box to stop Leonard Fournette. That's terrifying.
Derrick Henry’s big game made the Heisman race an actual race again | SBNation
Alabama's elephant can trumpet his big game, but it may function more like a tie-breaker.
Former Illinois coach Tim Beckman 'does not believe in hamstring injuries,' disregarded player health | SBNation
Athletic director Mike Thomas was also fired.
South Florida high school coaches support Mario Cristobal as Miami head coach candidate | SBNation
The former Miami assistant and Hurricanes player has a lot of good relationships in South Florida.
The Missouri football strike was about a lot of things, but mostly about respect | SBNation
Football players and coaches gave their support to a campus movement in favor of changing school leadership. A Columbia resident explains.
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