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Mountaineers Moving On From Dominating Opener

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen is hopeful his team isn’t buying the fans telling them just how good they are. Against Liberty on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium, he said the Mountaineers can’t afford to go through the motions.


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News Of Note


Holgorsen, WVU are moving on from dominating opener | Beckley Register-Herald
Everybody in Mountaineer Country is feeling pretty good about themselves right about now. Against a Georgia Southern team that truly came to Morgantown believing it was going to pull off the upset — and had reason to feel that confidence — West Virginia was nothing short of dominant in Saturday’s season opener.

Questions still linger after Howard’s performance Saturday | The Daily Athenaeum
Although Dana Holgorsen was behind Skyler Howard 100 percent, saying the Mountaineers are "Skyler’s team" when asked about him in the post game press conference, his performance on the field remained a great unknown for WVU.

WVU answers big questions in season opener | The Daily Athenaeum
Going into Saturday’s game with Georgia Southern, the West Virginia University football team had a lot of questions to answer. How would the defense read the triple option? Would the offensive line settle in? How would quarterback Skyler Howard flow with his brand-new receiving corps? Well, not to worry. The Mountaineers passed all their tests with flying colors, as they rolled to a dominant win over a Georgia Southern team that many thought posed a significant threat.

Georgia Southern Award Winners | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performances in the Mountaineers’ 44-0 win against Georgia Southern on Saturday, Sept. 5.

WVU's Joseph a ball-hawking bandit | The Dominion Post
As Karl Joseph pulled up a seat at center stage of West Virginia’s football team room a few minutes before midnight Sunday, Sept. 6, the featured act in WVU’s 44-0 romp over Georgia Southern didn’t yet grasp the magnitude of his performance.

Joseph, Howard grow into leaders | The Exponent Telegram
One week into this season, WVU’s leadership hierarchy has been clearly established on both sides of the football and it is impossible to overstate the value of such an event.

Young receivers lead WVU passing game | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The search for the West Virginia University football team’s new marquee wide receivers lasted just a couple of pass attempts into the 2015 season, closed by a leaping touchdown grab by a true freshman.


Teyvon Myers’ odds of playing this season looking up | WV MetroNews
Sources within the West Virginia basketball program anticipate junior college transfer Teyvon Myers becoming eligible to play this season, though the NCAA has yet to clear him.

West Virginia Athletics:

Mountaineers Rank No. 5 in Poll | WVU Athletics
On the heels of a two-win weekend which saw the West Virginia University women’s soccer team topple a regional foe and set multiple program records, the Mountaineers check in at No. 5 in this week’s Top 25 Poll.

Golf 10th at Tiger Turning Stone | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University golf team finished 34 over par for a top-10 finish at the Tiger Turning Stone Intercollegiate, hosted by Missouri at the Kuluhyat Course at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York, on Monday. The event marked the Mountaineers’ first varsity outing since 1982.

WVU Falls in OT Heartbreaker at No. 22 MSU | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University men’s soccer team suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss on a penalty kick in overtime at No. 22 Michigan State on Monday afternoon.

WVU goes 1-2 in weekend meets in Indianapolis | The Daily Athenaeum
The early season leading into Big 12 play has been a tough road for the West Virginia University volleyball team. It’s a rebuilding year for sure, and the Mountaineers have faced some hard road tests for the last two weeks.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

Big 12's unsung heroes: Week 1 | ESPN
Here's a team-by-team look at one unsung hero for each Big 12 team following Week 1.

Opener leaves No. 2 TCU Horned Frogs with a few things to work on | ESPN
This time a year ago, TCU was still flying quietly under the radar. Hardly anybody noticed the Horned Frogs’ opening win over Samford in 2014. In fact, it wasn’t until six weeks into the season -- after a 37-33 win over Oklahoma -- that they even cracked the polls. And even then, they just barely made it in at No. 25.

Texas showed its still no factor to Baylor, TCU for Big 12 supremancy | ESPN
Texas was utterly hopeless in South Bend, incapable of moving the ball, unable to stop it. Can the Longhorns prevent another 6-7 season -- or worse?

Charlie Strong: We can't go through another season with a bad offense |
Texas Longhorns coach Charlie Strong returned to Austin following what he described as a "not acceptable" loss to Notre Dame due to a lackluster showing from his team's offense Saturday.

This Year, Let's Party Like It's 1999 | Bring On The Cats
Everyone wants to compare Wildcat QB Joe Hubener to Collin Klein due to a similar physical appearance and bruising rushing style. However, that's not the most appropriate comparison...

Iowa State's Sam B. Richardson set for big season under Mark Mangino | ESPN
Iowa State QB Sam B. Richardson says he's very comfortable in year two of Mark Mangino's offense and that things are 'clicking.'

Around The NCAA:

If you're gonna overreact to Week 1, do so in praise of Notre Dame and Texas A&M (And West Virginia) | SBNation
College football's opening weekend gave us good and bad surprises when it comes to a bunch of Playoff contenders.

Braxton Miller leads Ohio State past Virginia Tech to begin title defense | Sporting News
Braxton Miller turned in a dazzling display in his new position to lead visiting No. 1 Ohio State to a 42-24 win over Virginia Tech to begin defense of its national title.

Why did Braxton Miller inflict this heartless spin move on these poor Hokies? | SBNation
Ohio State's quarterback-turned-receiver assembled 140 yards in his first game back. Of those yards, 53 came at great cost to Virginia Tech's self-esteem.

Virginia Tech's Michael Brewer breaks collarbone, out 4-5 weeks | Sporting News
Virginia Tech starting quarterback Michael Brewer had the Hokies within striking distance of another upset over Ohio State on Monday before a massive hit in the third quarter knocked him out of the game and shifted momentum in favor of the Buckeyes.

Pittsburgh Panthers RB James Conner out for season |
Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner is out for the season with a torn MCL, the team announced Monday.

Arizona football LB Scooby Wright out 3-4 weeks |
Arizona will be without injured linebacker Scooby Wright for the next three to four weeks, coach Rich Rodriguez told reporters Monday.

West Virginia Pros

19 ex-Mountaineers earn NFL roster spots | WV MetroNews
The NFL’s opening-day rosters will feature 19 former West Virginia players, including five rookies. Among those, offensive lineman Quinton Spain made the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent.

Geno does positional drills for first time since breaking jaw | NY Daily News
Since the last time Geno Smith said anything in public, he had his jaw broken from a punch, lost his starting job, had been caught throwing a football two days after surgery, and now is getting back on the practice field.

The QB primer to Geno Smith becoming the Jets’ true leader | New York Post
Geno Smith met the media Monday, and virtually nothing he said really mattered. Because if he has any chance, this last New York chance, this Jawshank Redemption, to resurrect his career here, he needs his actions to speak louder than his words.


Big 12 recruiting scorecard | ESPN
Here's what's new on the Big 12 recruiting trail entering Week 2, including several official visits planned and surprise commitments.

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