West Virginia will welcome fans back to Milan Puskar Stadium for the first time this football season, when the Mountaineers host Kansas on October 17th. The stadium will operate at 25% capacity as part of the safety measures being implemented in response to COVID-19. WVU will not only cap attendance at approximately 15,000 fans for each remaining game this season but will also take additional steps to increase fan safety, such as requiring that facemasks be worn by fans, prohibiting all tailgating, and having contactless entry through mobile ticketing.
West Virginia’s first chance to atone for the many mistakes they made in Saturday’s 27-13 loss at Oklahoma State comes this Saturday afternoon when the Mountaineers host Baylor at Milan Puskar Stadium. For their second consecutive home game, WVU will host a game without its loyal fans. Head coach Neal Brown believes that playing without fans is “not ideal” and “awkward.”
One of the top recruits in the nation has announced his commitment to West Virginia. Justin Johnson, a running back from Edwardsville, Illinois, revealed his commitment to the Mountaineers on Sunday night. Johnson is a four-star recruit and is a top 250 recruit nationally.
West Virginia coach Neal Brown said Monday during his weekly teleconference with Big 12 media that he thought his team ran the football against Oklahoma State much better than it did 10 months ago in Morgantown, despite netting only 68 rushing yards on 42 attempts. That is one of the positives his young football team can take out of last Saturday’s 27-13 loss to the now 17th-ranked Cowboys.
Are the Cowboys really good? Are the Mountaineers bad? Is the answer somewhere in the middle? On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” Tony Caridi, Brad Howe, and Hoppy Kercheval break down West Virginia’s 27-13 loss to Oklahoma State. The guys also debate whether the personal foul called against WVU’s Leddie Brown for spinning the ball was the right call for that situation.
West Virginia was penalized 12 times for 106 yards in Saturday’s loss at Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers also left three points on the field when a snap was mishandled on a 39-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter. These mistakes, and more, led to WVU’s sixth consecutive loss to the Cowboys.
In a game where West Virginia continuously beat itself with mental errors, Oklahoma State took advantage and earned the victory, 27-13. WVU head coach Neal Brown felt there was an opportunity for the Mountaineers, and they did not rise to the occasion.
West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia volleyball team picked up its first win on Friday night when the Mountaineers defeated Texas Tech in four sets. Coming off of a disappointing loss to the Red Raiders in the season opener the previous night, WVU responded in a big way. The win was also the first time the Mountaineers had defeated TTU in Lubbock since 2016.
After helping the West Virginia volleyball team capture a win in Lubbock for the first time since 2016, senior middle blocker Briana Lynch has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week. Lynch had 15 kills on 26 attacks for a .462 hitting percentage in a four-set win against Texas Tech on Friday.
The West Virginia golf team opened its 2020-21 season yesterday at the Colonial Collegiate Invitational against all Big 12 Conference teams at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. After 36 holes, the Mountaineers are tied for ninth place with a two-round total of 593 to sit at +33 over par at the par-70, 7,204-yard Colonial Country Club.
The West Virginia women’s soccer team suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat with 26 seconds remaining in extra time against the defending Big 12 champions Oklahoma State on Friday night in Stillwater. It was an unlucky result for the Mountaineers, who dominated the match after their equalizer through a Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel free kick in the 76th minute.
West Virginia has announced that the volleyball team’s first four home matches will take place inside the WVU Coliseum without spectators. Only essential gameday personnel and families of players and staff members will be permitted to attend these games.
The West Virginia men’s and women’s soccer teams have once again been recognized with the Team Academic Award by the United Soccer Coaches. The Mountaineer women’s team has been recognized for 19 consecutive years, while the men’s team received the award for the 13th year in a row.
In what was perhaps the most unusual season in the history of the sport, a total of six Mountaineers took part in MLB activities, including three who took the field on the game’s highest stage. Take a look at how they fared this season.
Around the Big 12
It did not take long to get a little chaos in the Big 12. After the smoke cleared following the first Saturday of conference play, there are a host of changes in the third Big 12 Snapshot of the young season. What tier do the Mountaineers fall in at this point?
Quarterbacks Skylar Thompson of Kansas State and Sam Ehlinger of Texas shared Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. Iowa State defensive end JaQuan Bailey shared Defensive Player of the Week recognition with K-State defensive back Jahron McPherson. Baylor’s Trestan Ebner took home the Special Teams Player of the Week award, while K-State freshman Deuce Vaughn was named the Newcomer of the Week.
Thanks to a forced fumble that led to a touchdown, a game-clinching interception, and a career-high 11 tackles at #3 Oklahoma, Kansas State senior safety Jahron McPherson has been named the Walter Camp National FBS Defensive Player of the Week.
Around the NCAA
The Mountain West Conference has changed course and now says football will be played this fall. The conference’s teams are now planning on playing eight games in eight weeks. Additional health and safety measures will also be taken.
The Buffalo Bills are proving the doubters wrong, the Atlanta Falcons continue to lose off of blown leads, and the Bengals and Eagles found a way to both leave “The Linc” disappointed on Sunday. Check out these stories, and more, in the Week 3 NFL recap.
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