West Virginia head coach Neal Brown was pleased with the Mountaineers’ overall performance in the season opener, but he knows the standards will be higher as they enter their conference schedule. In a unique preseason, Brown says the original plan was to build up towards the start of league play. Now the Mountaineers are preparing to face the last team to defeat them, Oklahoma State. The Cowboys bested WVU last November in Morgantown in a 20-13 defensive struggle.
Most coaches will find a way to pick apart performances even after a 56-10 victory. That is what the West Virginia football staff has been doing since their season-opening win over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. Against an overmatched EKU squad, the Mountaineers dominated both lines of scrimmage. But head coach Neal Brown took issue with how his special teams units performed.
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The West Virginia volleyball team will be playing three of its Big 12 matches on ESPNU this season. The Mountaineers’ home opener against Kansas State on October 1st will be nationally televised on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET. WVU’s match against TCU October 15th will also be broadcasted live on ESPNU starting at 7 p.m. ET. And rounding out the Mountaineers’ ESPNU games is the October 29th match at Baylor.
West Virginia midfielder Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel’s senior season is off to a good start and she is getting recognition for it. Ferrer-vanGinkel scored WVU’s first goal of the season in the Mountaineers’ 2-0 win over Iowa State. Her play against the Cyclones caught the attention of TopDrawerSoccer.com, one of the leading outlets for college soccer, who named her to their Team of the Week.
The West Virginia women’s tennis team will participate in the 2020 Fall Circuit this year, as announced by athletic director Shane Lyons on Tuesday. WVU will first travel to The Greenbrier to participate in a tournament October 16th through 18th. The Mountaineers will then play in their final tournament of the fall at the Summit Tennis Academy in Morgantown October 23rd through 25th.
The West Virginia women’s soccer team will play without fans in the stands for its first two home games of 2020. The Mountaineers are scheduled to play at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Friday against Kansas State in their first home game of the year. WVU will then host Texas two weeks later on October 2nd.
West Virginia senior golfer Etienne Papineau will have season-ending knee surgery. Papineau holds the school record for lowest tournament total, at 203, after rounds of 70, 68, and 65 in the 2019 Old Town Collegiate.
In the first week of the 2020 NFL Season, 10 former Mountaineers saw action in the opening weekend. Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski recorded four solo tackles in his first game with the Las Vegas Raiders. Quinton Spain started at left guard in the Buffalo Bills’ 27-17 victory over the Jets.
Around the Big 12
Current student-athletes Cole Hammer from Texas and Texas Tech’s Sandy Scott will represent the Big 12 in the 120th U.S. Open Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York beginning on Thursday, September 17th. The duo is among 13 amateurs in the field of 144 golfers. This will be Hammer’s second U.S. Open.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger has been named The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week. Ehlinger opened the season with a record-setting first half, establishing Texas records for a single half completing 25 of 33 passes for 426 passing yards and five passing touchdowns to lead #14 Texas to a 59-3 win over UTEP at home.
Around the NCAA
The Big Ten will kick off its football season the weekend of October 24th now that the league has daily testing capabilities and a stronger confidence in the latest medical information. Each team will attempt to play eight games in eight weeks, leaving no wiggle room during the coronavirus pandemic before the Big Ten championship game on December 19th. That date will also feature an extra cross-division game for each school, with seeded teams in each division squaring off.
Denver became the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit twice in the same postseason. The Nuggets beat the Utah Jazz in Game 7 in the first round and overcame a double-digit deficit to shock the Los Angeles Clippers 104-89 in Game 7 on Tuesday night.
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