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Shelton Gibson's Catch Provided The Spark West Virginia Needs

We should be able to look back at the end of the season and point to Shelton Gibson's SportsCenter Top 10 catch as a major turning point in the Mountaineers' season.

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Gibson's Catch The Spark WVU Needed | WVU Athletics
Play by play and game by game, Shelton Gibson continues to get a little bit better … and a little bit better.   On Saturday, we saw Gibson take another big leap forward with his three-catch, 104-yard performance in West Virginia’s 17-16 come-from-behind victory over annual nemesis Kansas State.

After fog of mistakes, Gibson’s catch lifted lid on comeback | WV MetroNews
Was exorcising its K-State demons a step toward West Virginia believing it belongs in Big 12 race?

Cornerbacks coach Adams sees sunshine in No. 22 WVU’s win | Charleston Gazette-Mail
For many in the Mountain State, Sunday brought clouds instead of sunshine. The case was different, though, for West Virginia cornerbacks coach Blue Adams. First, his Mountaineers cracked the Amway Coaches Poll at No. 20 and the Associated Press Top 25 at No. 22. Then, when he watched tape of the Mountaineer secondary against Kansas State, he saw sunshine.

WVU LB Long likely to earn many more starts | The Exponent Telegram
It was inevitable, really. As sure as we’ll have snow in January and turkey on Thanksiving, David Long was going to to break into the starting lineup at West Virginia. And it was just as inevitable that when he did the redshirt freshman from Cincinnati would have an instant impact.

Crawford's leadership crucial for Mountaineers | The Exponent Telegram
He has just finished his fourth game for West Virginia but running back Justin Crawford has not emerged as a leader. He came to Morgantown as one.

West Virginia Athletics:

No. 1 WVU Opens Season with Win | WVU Athletics
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team opened its 2016-17 season with a 4714-4674 victory over No. 5 Ohio State on Sunday afternoon.

Late scores payoff: West Virginia outlasts No. 23 Sooners | WV MetroNews
It took 78 minutes but No. 3 West Virginia broke through on a goal by Hannah Abraham and pulled out a 2-0 win against No. 23 Oklahoma in front of 1,973 fans at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.


Harvey impressed by atmosphere at Mountaineer Field | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Last weekend, Northwest Mississippi Community College defensive tackle Jalen Harvey surprised a lot of people when he committed to West Virginia. It wasn’t the choice of the Mountaineers, but rather the fact that he had never visited Morgantown. He changed that Saturday, coming up for WVU’s come-from-behind victory over Kansas State.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

After another coordinator move, Charlie Strong's job on the line at Texas | ESPN
Not even halfway into his third season in Austin, Charlie Strong has already reached his do-or-die moment with the Longhorns.

The Charlie Strong rumor tracker: Texas’ head coach is on the hot seat again | SBNation
What they’re saying about Texas’ head man.

Big 12 helmet stickers: OK State Cowboys shine, Shock Linwood surges - Big 12 Blog- ESPN
Vincent Taylor and Mason Rudolph had big hands in OK State's win over Texas while Shock Linwood dragged Baylor past upset-minded Iowa State.

Big 12 Week 5 bowl projections: Big wins mean another shakeup | ESPN
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State picked up big victories over TCU and Texas. What did that mean for this week's bowl projections?

Big 12 early look: All eyes on Red River renewal - Big 12 Blog- ESPN
The Longhorns and Sooners appear headed in opposite directions as the Red River Rivalry rolls in, but the Sooners remember it looked that way in 2015.

Around The NCAA:

Updated bowl projections, with Clemson and Washington in the College Football Playoff | SBNation
Let's predict who'll be in every bowl game at the end of 2016, after a big Week 5 helped define a couple Power 5 races.

Could the Louisville-Clemson thriller get a College Football Playoff rematch? | SBNation
It’d take a lot to even get to the point at which the committee would have to make that decision, but it’d teach us a lot.

Jim Harbaugh’s weirdo play that worked, and more fun Week 5 college football awards! | SBNation
And a bunch more stuff!

Michigan? Washington? Tennessee? Colorado? College football has gone back to the 1990s! | SBNation
A tribute to one of our favorite decades in college football history, thanks to 2016 going all retro.

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