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Neal Brown has been showing his ability to not only manage his players during games, but also manage the situations that the Mountaineers are in. Brown has been making adjustments, using analytics, managing the clock, and playing to his team’s strengths while also minimizing its weaknesses.
West Virginia’s junior kicker Evan Staley kicked in three field goals, including a 44 yard kick that is now his season long, to earn Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Staley also averaged 62.8 yards per kick and four touchbacks on his six kickoffs.
West Virginia had the ball for literally an entire quarter more than Kansas. The Mountaineers maintained a 15-minute edge in possession against the Jayhawks, showing that sometimes the best defense is your own offense.
Tony Caridi, Brad Howe, and Hoppy Kercheval recap West Virginia’s trip to Kansas on this episode of Three Guys Before The Game. They guys then discuss WVU’s upcoming Big 12 games.
Listen to West Virginia’s Neal Brown in this week’s Big 12 Coaches’ Teleconference. Brown discusses his offensive and defensive standouts, as well as how linebacker VanDarius Cowan will be heavily evaluated now that he is back from suspension.
After serving a four game NCAA suspension, West Virginia bandit linebacker VanDarius Cowan is now eligible to play against #11 Texas.
The Mountaineers welcome the Longhorns for Homecoming weekend in Morgantown. The West Virginia-Texas game on Saturday, October 5, will kick off at 3:30 p.m. EDT, broadcasting on either ABC or ESPN.
Leddie Brown and Kennedy McKoy each rushed for more yardage than the Mountaineers had in their first two games combined, while Martell Pettaway added a pair of touchdowns that proved critical in a 29-24 road win over Kansas.
Martell Pettaway did not play versus NC State, which was the first time since his freshman year that he did not play in a game that he was dressed out for. Pettaway did not let that set him back, as he proved himself with two touchdowns against Kansas.
West Virginia Athletics
After leading the West Virginia baseball team to two NCAA Tournaments in the past three years, Randy Mazey was rewarded with a $2.6M contract extension on Monday.
The West Virginia tennis team concluded the Thunder in the Mountains tournament this weekend by winning four of its five singles matches against in-state rival Marshall. The Mountaineers will head to the William & Mary Hidden Duel Tournament next weekend.
The West Virginia women’s soccer team defeated Bowling Green this weekend, 2-0. Sophomore forward Alina Stahl scored both goals for WVU. The Mountaineers are now 5-3-1 this season.
The West Virginia volleyball team has now won four straight, after defeating Navy 3-2 at the Mountaineer Invitational this weekend. The Mountaineers went undefeated at their invitational, knocking off Duquesne and Eastern Kentucky, both 3-0, before playing Navy.
The West Virginia cross country team finished in first place at the Lock Haven Invitational for the second consecutive year. Junior Hayley Jackson led the Mountaineers with a second-place overall finish.
The #17 West Virginia golf team is currently taking on #1 Wake Forest, #7 Louisville, #8 Washington, #13 Penn State, and many other teams in the Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational. The Mountaineers were paired with Virginia Tech and Rutgers in the first two rounds.
The West Virginia wrestling schedule has been released. Some of the highlights include matchups against Virginia Tech at the Hokie Open and in a regular matchup in Blacksburg, hosting Pitt in the Backyard Brawl, and the Big 12 opener at Oklahoma State.
The West Virginia men’s soccer team will take on Ohio State tonight. WVU is currently 4-2-1, while the Buckeyes are 5-2. The Mountaineers lead the all-time series with OSU, 10-6-4.
Now that the start time for the West Virginia football game against #11 Texas has been set, the WVU volleyball match for that Saturday has also been determined. The match is free to the public and will feature a “Beat Texas” t-shirt to the first 500 fans.
The #20 West Virginia men’s soccer team suffered a tough, 2-0 loss to Dayton this past weekend. The Flyers scored two goals, back-to-back, in the second half of the match, and the Mountaineers were never able to get on the board.
Around the Big 12
Iowa State’s Brock Purdy was named the Offensive Player of the Week, Oklahoma State safety Kolby Harvell-Peel earned Defensive Player of the Week honors, West Virginia kicker Evan Staley was selected as the Special Teams Player of the Week, and Newcomer of the Week went to Kansas wide receiver Andrew Parchment.
#11 Texas will be without starting cornerback Jalen Green and starting safety Caden Sterns in its upcoming games. Outspoken Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy chewed out a reporter.
The NCAA’s enforcement staff has charged the University of Kansas with lack of institutional control and Jayhawks basketball coach Bill Self with head coach responsibility violations. The Jayhawks are charged with multiple Level 1 violations, the most serious under NCAA rules, as well as allegations related to the school’s football program under former coach David Beaty.
The Kansas crowd was engaged in the game when the Jayhawks hosted West Virginia. The fans even gave the team a standing ovation after the loss to recognize the effort and progress in the team.
The Sooners currently have a 47% chance of winning the Big 12 title again this season. The Longhorns are behind them with a 17% chance to win the conference championship.
Former Kansas basketball standout Perry Ellis is returning to the KU basketball team. This time Ellis will be the staff’s video coordinator, instead of the starting forward for the Jayhawks.
Around the NCAA
Signing the right quarterback transfer can change the trajectory of your program. Take a look at this ranking of this year’s 23 transfer quarterbacks, including West Virginia’s Austin Kendall.
Houston senior quarterback D’Eriq King will not play the remainder of the season so that he can take a redshirt. King said that the decision was made after careful thinking with his family and UH head coach Dana Holgorsen.
UCLA came back from 32 down to beat Washington State in Week 4 of 2019. The Bruins flipped a 49-17 deficit well after halftime into a 67-63 winner.
Antonio Brown announced on social media that he has reenrolled at Central Michigan University, where he played three seasons of college football before playing in the NFL. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler has confirmed that Brown is enrolled in four classes at CMU.
Is anyone going to be able to dethrone Patrick Mahomes as NFL MVP?
In this week’s mailbag, Geoff Schwartz discusses the increase in holding calls, what it’s like to pass protect for mobile quarterbacks, and how his diet differed from today’s players.
Dave Gettleman got dragged for drafting Daniel Jones, who led the Giants to an 18-point comeback victory.
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