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Ka'Raun White's Patience Pays Off Against Texas Tech

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The first thing you notice is the hands of Ka’Raun White, although if you didn’t know the family history, the dreads probably would be more of an obvious draw.

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News Of Note

Football:

White's patience pays off against Tech | The Exponent Telegram
The first thing you notice is the hands of Ka’Raun White, although if you didn’t know the family history, the dreads probably would be more of an obvious draw.

West Virginia quarterback Howard runs with evolving role | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
For the decisive touchdown in Saturday's 31-26 home win over Texas Tech, West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard took the snap, pivoted to his right, put his head and shoulder down, and followed running back Rushel Shell's lead block so closely in the 2-yard run that he plowed into Shell's back as he crossed the goal line.

WVU’s K.J. Dillon kept Texas Tech WR Jakeem Grant under wraps | Charleston Gazette-Mail
You wouldn’t have known it after watching the way he played Saturday against Texas Tech’s Jakeem Grant, but West Virginia’s K.J. Dillon didn’t sleep a lot the night before the 31-26 victory.

Basketball:

Future is now for starting guards Daxter Miles and Jevon Carter | The Daily Athenaeum
This year brings a new equation for the West Virginia University men’s basketball team. Juwan Staten is gone – and in his place are two talented sophomores who could become the Mountaineers’ centerpieces for years to come.

Inexperienced WVU counting on Bria Holmes | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia women’s basketball coach Mike Carey provides a warning label to those planning to attend early season Mountaineer games. "You better wear helmets if you’re going to be in the first three rows," he joked. "I’m not responsible for concussions from flying basketballs. But as the season moves along we’ll get better."

West Virginia Athletics:

No. 2 WVU loses to Texas Tech in Big 12 semifinals | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team’s journey to a third consecutive Big 12 Tournament championship came to an early close Friday afternoon as the team fell 1-0 to No. 18 Texas Tech (12-3-5, 3-2-2) in the semifinals.

Elliott’s goal sends WVU to MAC tourney | The Daily Athenaeum
Just when everything seemed to be falling apart, junior Jack Elliott saved the Mountaineers’ season. Elliott’s goal, with 1:01 remaining, led the way in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Northern Illinois on Friday, giving the West Virginia University men’s soccer team its second conference victory and the final spot in the Mid-American Conference Tournament after Akron defeated Bowling Green on Saturday.

No. 21 WVU starts season off strong, taking three wins in quad match | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University wrestling team kicked off the 2015-16 season by sweeping the Mountaineer Quad on Sunday at the WVU Coliseum.

West Virginia takes 11th straight loss to Baylor in 3-0 shutout | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University volleyball team fell in a 3-0 shutout to the Baylor Bears over the weekend, with set scores of 25-19, 25-20 and 25-20.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

Big 12 Week 10 Rewind: Cowboys State Case As Playoff Contender | ESPN
While TCU and Baylor have been dominating the playoff headlines, Oklahoma State quietly has just been winning games.

Oklahoma State ascends Big 12 rankings | The Daily Athenaeum
There was a lot of shakeup in college football again this week, and a new AP Poll put Clemson at No. 1 above Ohio State, the Buckeyes’ first week without the top ranking. The Big 12 remained as expected, but one team solidified its place as a powerhouse and legitimate playoff threat.

Around The NCAA:

Someone, please beat Alabama | SBNation
The Top Whatever is Spencer Hall's weekly ranking of the teams that must be ranked. It's also now a plea for the Tide to be stopped.

Updated bowl projections, with Michigan knocking Ohio State out of the Playoff | SBNation
Hello, here are some predictions for every bowl and Playoff game. Your team deserves a better spot.

College football rankings: Alabama, Oklahoma State jump into AP Poll's top 5 | SBNation
These rankings will be combined into a final composite.

How a giant Week 10 changed the College Football Playoff rankings picture | SBNation
Now that we have actual rankings to work with, here's a glance at the biggest winners and losers.

Don't believe anybody who tells you Arkansas' Ole Miss miracle play was illegal | SBNation
Arkansas made magic happen against the Rebels. Beautiful, rulebook-approved magic.

The Clemson Tigers finally outrun Florida State | SBNation
The No. 1 Tigers finally got past Florida State, running as one the entire way.

SHUTDOWN FULLCAST 3.30: THE MONDAY REVIEW SHOW SINGS ABOUT SNOOP HAWG | Every Day Should Be Saturday
THIS WEEK'S REVIEW PODCAST CAN'T WAIT TO HOP ON THE WIFE

Recruiting

Mountaineers pull a few surprises with visiting recruits | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Aside from a couple of big-time official visitors from south Florida, West Virginia’s visit weekend for Texas Tech looked rather tame for a team playing at home for the first time in a month. When a couple unofficial targets — mainly Dunbar (Ohio) defensive tackle Jeffery Pooler — dropped out at the last minute, things looked rather bleak.

West Virginia Pros

WVUPros in the NFL Week 9 recap: Keith Tandy has a career day| Blue Gold Sports
Throughout this season, we have seen week in and week out consistent performances from players such as Tavon Austin, Adam Pacman Jones and Bruce Irvin. In week 9, we saw another Mountaineer get his chance to play extended action and played very well in the process.

Video Of Interest

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Miss Throwdown

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model that has been featured in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue. CLICK HERE for Emily DiDonato's Instagram.