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The Shotgun/Throwdown (11/19/18): Loss to Oklahoma State represents just another lost Mountaineer opportunity

The first question that should be asked when you go for your job interview is what you are going to say when your world collapses around you, for it always does.

West Virginia v Oklahoma State Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images

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HERTZEL COLUMN: Yet another opportunity lost by WVU | Times West Virginian
What do you say when you are hit over the head by a sledgehammer? When you are run over by a truck? When the girl you’ve been dating since you were 13 years old runs away and marries your best friend? What do you say when you are a West Virginia coach?

Mountaineers Fall on Final Play of the Game | West Virginia Athletics
Tylan Wallace's 11-yard touchdown reception with 42 seconds left lifted Oklahoma State to 45-41 come-from-behind victory over West Virginia Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Corndog’s senior day turnaround bites Mountaineers | WV MetroNews
Oh let us count the times this game had us fooled. Like when thousands fled Boone Pickens Stadium at halftime, convinced the 17-point deficit looked too daunting. Or that time Oklahoma State faced third-and-20 with its comeback hanging by a thread. Or when Will Grier rebooted his Horns-down keeper and put West Virginia up 10 in the fourth quarter.

Replay-reviewed Will Grier fumble comes back to haunt West Virginia | WV MetroNews
At the time it happened, one of the most momentous plays of West Virginia’s 45-41 loss didn’t feel all that significant.

WVU football notebook: Mountaineers' Big 12 title game hopes take a hit | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia University’s dream of an appearance in this year’s Big 12 football title game did not die with the Mountaineers’ 45-41 loss Saturday at Oklahoma State, but now WVU is faced with a likey must-win final game of the regular season to get there.

WVU football notebook: McKoy has career day in loss at Oklahoma State | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia has been waiting for a monster game from a running back all season, and the Mountaineers finally got it from junior Kennedy McKoy on Saturday in a 45-41 loss to Oklahoma State.

Grier’s Heisman chances batted away with final pass | Times West Virginian
When Will Grier’s final desperation pass was batted away in the end zone, more than just a victory was batted away with it: namely, what was left of his Heisman Trophy chances.


Mountaineers Even Record With Sunday's Victory Over St. Joe's | West Virginia Athletics
Lamont West's career-high 27 points helped West Virginia defeat St. Joseph's 97-90 to earn the Mountaineers a third place finish at the Myrtle Beach Invitational at Coastal Carolina's HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina.

West Virginia Athletics

Season Ends in NCAA Second Round | West Virginia Athletics
The No. 17-ranked West Virginia University men's soccer team's season came to an end in the NCAA Championship Second Round with a 1-0 loss at No. 8-ranked and 13th-seeded Georgetown on Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

No. 1 Mountaineers End Fall Perfectly | West Virginia Athletics
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team concluded its 2018-19 fall season with its 10th consecutive win, defeating NC State, 4690-4638, Saturday afternoon at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range inside the WVU Shell Building.

WVU Falls Short at No. 9 Cornell | West Virginia Athletics
Despite taking a 9-0 lead after three matches and holding a 15-11 edge with two bouts remaining, the West Virginia University wrestling team fell to No. 9 Cornell, 20-15, on Saturday afternoon, at Newman Arena, in Ithaca, New York.

Around the Big 12

8 reasons Les Miles’ return to college football coaching is fun for everyone | SBNation
The Mad Hatter is back on the sidelines, this time at Kansas.

Around the NCAA

College Football Empires Map: Texas is suddenly top 5 | SBNation
The rules: Every FBS team started with land, and every week winners take more and more. We’ve kept track all year long.

Well, it’s time to say nice things about the Notre Dame Yankees | SBNation
The Top Whatever is your weekly ranking of only the teams that must be ranked at this exact point in time.

Updated bowl projections, where the real fun stuff is just outside the Playoff race | SBNation
Here are picks for all 40 bowl games, including the College Football Playoff.

6 Rivalry Week point spreads that’d surprise someone just tuning into CFB now | SBNation
Some teams are favored against their rivals for the first time in a while.

130-team S&P+ rankings: You’ll never believe who’s No. 1! Or No. 2, or No. 3, or... | SBNation
Freshly updated S&P+ rankings through the 12th week of 2018’s college football season.

UCF should jump Ohio State in the Playoff rankings | SBNation
The Knights won’t make the top four, but they should hop ahead of a blue-blood for the time being.

Why Colorado should be able to get someone good to replace Mike MacIntyre | SBNation
CU’s football job isn’t great, recent history tells us. But it has enough attractive elements to woo a quality candidate this year.

The Steelers and Jaguars played the ugliest game of Week 11 | SBNation
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Best commercial of 2018, and it’s not even close.

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