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West Virginia head coach Neal Brown saw WVU’s big win over NC State as a defining moment because of the way that the Mountaineers responded after a tough loss to Missouri. Coach Brown appreciated Colton McKivitz’s leadership on the offensive line, as well as the entire team’s progress towards creating a blue-collar identity.
Two starting offensive linemen were out for West Virginia’s game on Saturday, but the WVU offensive line improved with first-time starters Briason Mays and Joh Hughes, as well as James Gmiter. Will Neal Brown consider the possibility of continuing to play these three as the season continues?
West Virginia has its first weekly honor of the 2019 season and the Neal Brown era. Sam James caught nine passes for 155 yards in WVU’s 44-27 win over NC State.
There were fresh faces on the West Virginia offensive line against NC State, and the newcomers stepped up to the challenge. Briason Mays, James Gmiter and John Hughes stepped in with veterans Colton McKivitz and Kelby Wickline to help WVU get a big win over the Wolf Pack.
Tony Caridi, Brad Howe, and Hoppy Kercheval break down West Virginia’s second win of the season against NC State on this episode of Three Guys Before The Game. The guys discuss how this win for WVU could be significant, as the Mountaineers head into conference play, and how incredible the crowd was during the game.
Neal Brown had a lot to discuss during this week’s Big 12 Coaches’ Teleconference. Listen to what coach Brown had to say about the Mountaineers’ performance.
In the first half of the NC State game, West Virginia had someone in motion on the offense for 14 of 31 plays. WVU only ran motion on 10 of 37 snaps in the second half.
After violating team rules and being suspended for West Virginia’s game against NC State, wide receiver Tevin Bush is back with his Mountaineer teammates. Also, offensive lineman Mike Brown will be back this week and offensive lineman Josh Sills is still questionable for WVU’s next game due to a shoulder injury.
West Virginia defensive back Josh Norwood was ejected from Saturday’s game after being called for targeting. Head coach Neal Brown was not upset with the call, but he does believe that the targeting rule can create difficulties when coaching staffs are trying to coach defensive players.
West Virginia Athletics
The #25 West Virginia men’s soccer team was on fire offensively, as the Mountaineers defeated #15 Coastal Carolina 5-2 in Morgantown last Friday. Freshman forward Rodrigo Robles Grajera led WVU with two goals, while senior midfielder Pascal Derwaritsch, senior midfielder Andres Muriel Albino, and sophomore forward Tony Pineda each scored one goal in the match.
The West Virginia volleyball team swept Utah Valley, after losing to #18 Hawai’i and UCLA, at the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Volleyball Challenge. WVU is now 5-4 this season.
The West Virginia men’s soccer team has moved up to #24 in the national rankings, following the Mountaineers’ big win over #15 Coastal Carolina. Now WVU is heading on the road to face Cincinnati tonight, who the Mountaineers have never lost to.
The West Virginia men’s basketball team will host a charity exhibition game in Morgantown against Duquesne on November 1. Proceeds will benefit the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund.
The West Virginia cross country team finished in fourth place at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational. Junior Bree Warren led the way for the Mountaineers by finishing in ninth place individually.
The #23 West Virginia women’s soccer team suffered its third loss of the season this Sunday. WVU lost 3-0 at #15 Georgetown, and now the Mountaineers are 3-3-1 this season.
Around the Big 12
Who joined West Virginia wide receiver Sam James in this week’s Big 12 Awards? Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard was named the Offensive Player of the Week, Kansas State’s Denzel Goolsby earned the Defensive Player of the Week selection, and fellow Wildcat Malik Knowles was chosen as the Special Teams Player of the Week.
Oklahoma and Texas are still at the top of the Big 12, but where is everybody else? See how the Mountaineers big win affected their positioning in this Big 12 Power Ranking.
#12 Texas was missing senior wide receiver Collin Johnson, senior center Zach Shackelford, and sophomore linebacker Joseph Ossai for all or part of last week’s game against Rice, but it looks like the three Longhorns will be returning for the start of Big 12 play. Johnson has seven catches for 108 yards and one touchdown this season.
Around the NCAA
Strength of schedule matters, but are we looking at it the wrong way? Despite how often fans and media people praise teams for scheduling tough, most of them fail to keep that same energy when teams lose those tough games, rather than win easy games.
Every week, Bud Elliott picks spreads and totals across the country. Track those here, along with the status of various futures throughout the year.
Nine teams are still perfect, while eight teams have only lost. Geoff Schwartz looks at where they stand after a surprisingly pivotal Week 2.
Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz takes a look at what excites him so far about Kellen Moore’s offense, and how it is helping Dak Prescott succeed.
Jacksonville’s starting quarterback for the foreseeable future is a lot more than just a man with a mustache.
Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season and the Pittsburgh defense can’t seem to stop anyone. Are the Steelers going to tank this year?
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