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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Brown disappointed, not discouraged by West Virginia’s performance at Missouri

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The climb continues this week in preparation for Saturday’s game against 2-0 NC State, which is coming off blowout victories over East Carolina and Western Carolina.

West Virginia v Missouri Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

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Football

WVU’s Brown Disappointed But Not Discouraged | West Virginia University Athletics
Neal Brown made it a point following Saturday's 38-7 defeat at Missouri to say that he was disappointed in his team's performance, but was by no means discouraged.

By The Numbers: WVU run offense last nationally in yards per carry | WV MetroNews
It’s official. Through two games, no team in the country has struggled to run the football more than West Virginia.

Holgorsen's leftover house of cards crumbles to heap at Missouri | WV MetroNews
West Virginia fans still have plenty of ire for former coach Rich Rodriguez, and understandably so. But perhaps more venom should be reserved for the recently departed Dana Holgorsen.

Mountaineers need to find solutions | Times West Virginian
Listening to Matt Moore, West Virginia’s co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, talk about the long, dark shadow of Saturday’s 38-7 mauling at Missouri, fans had a hunch Sunday’s breakfast would not be very appetizing. Especially after his brief — but correct — assessment of his group’s performance.

West Virginia running game remains stuck in the mud against Mizzou | WV MetroNews
Maybe the switch would do it. West Virginia was optimistic that the offensive line might have a bit more spark to it this week when Chase Behrndt and Josh Sills reverted to their natural positions after Week 1.

West Virginia defense makes Mizzou QB Kelly Bryant look like 'Superman' | WV MetroNews
West Virginia defensive coordinator Vic Koenning isn’t claiming that he favors the DC Comics Universe over Marvel, but he compared his unit’s efforts against Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant to Ant-Man, while the grad transfer from Missouri was more like DC’s most iconic superhero.

West Virginia Athletics

Mountaineers Tied for Third at Gopher Invite | West Virginia University Athletics
Freshman Nico Lang and junior Philipp Matlari paced the West Virginia University golf team to a tie for third place through two rounds of play at the Gopher Invitational in Independence, Minnesota, on Sunday.

WVU Takes Down Wright State in Home Opener | West Virginia University Athletics
The No. 19/24-ranked West Virginia University men's soccer team topped Wright State, 2-1, in the squad's 2019 home opener at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Saturday night.

Around the Big 12

Bowman throws 3 TDs, Texas Tech tops UTEP 38-3 with strong D | FOX Sports
Alan Bowman threw three touchdown passes, two to T.J. Vasher, and Texas Tech rode another strong defensive performance under new coach Matt Wells to a 38-3 victory over UTEP on Saturday night.

Mims has 3 TD catches for Baylor in 63-14 win over UTSA | FOX Sports
Denzel Mims was a little slow getting up after a play when he saw Baylor’s call for the next snap. The senior receiver quickly waved off another player heading on to the field to take his place.

Hurts throws 3 TD passes, No. 4 Oklahoma routs South Dakota | FOX Sports
Oklahoma worked out a few kinks against an overmatched South Dakota squad. Jalen Hurts passed for 259 yards and three touchdowns in just over two quarters and fourth-ranked Oklahoma rolled past the Coyotes 70-14 on Saturday night. It was the Sooners’ highest points total since scoring 79 in a victory over North Texas in 2007.

Sanders, Wallace lead Okla. St. to big win over McNeese | FOX Sports
Spencer Sanders believed that it was his fault that Oklahoma State was unable to move the ball on its first two possessions Saturday night, and put it on himself to turn the Cowboys’ potent offense around.

Around the NCAA

The Top Whatever: Always go for it | Banner Society
Almost all college football rankings are fleeting and meaningless. In that spirit, each edition of The Top Whatever will be deleted seven days after publish. Subscribe to The Read Option newsletter to retain permanent copies of future editions.

College football picks by Bud Elliott | Banner Society
Every week, Bud Elliott picks spreads and totals across the country. Track those here, along with the status of various futures throughout the year.

Triple-option academies have long been absurdly great underdogs | Banner Society
Expecting to just blow out Army or Navy? Gambling data isn’t on your side.

Best flea flicker ever? 96-yarder explained by Colorado | Banner Society
Not only might this be the most audacious successful attempt ever, it also helped decide a wild rivalry game.

Ranking the 12 dumbest mistakes from a preseason-like Sunday in NFL Week 1 | SB Nation
The Dolphins are worse than we thought, the Lions and Cardinals refused to win, and everyone was ejected. Oh, and never dance again, Kirk Cousins. Please.

Lamar Jackson is the biggest winner so far in Week 1 of 2019 NFL season | SB Nation
Jackson was "not bad for a running back." He wasn’t the only young QB to impress Sunday.

The Browns lost in Week 1, like always. But this time, they’ll be fine | SB Nation
IT’S THE CLEVELAND BROWNS!

Everything you need to know about Antonio Brown’s long, strange journey to the Patriots | SB Nation
Three different teams. Two frostbitten feet. One banned helmet.

The Steelers Looked Wholly Unprepared for Life Without Antonio Brown | The Ringer
And the Patriots look like they may be adding Brown to the Death Star


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