On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” the guys dissect the AutoZone Liberty Bowl win and what it means to the West Virginia football program now and in the future. Quarterback Austin Kendall successfully led two touchdown drives, while WVU’s defense held Army’s vaunted running game to 100-yards below its season average.
With just one game remaining in the college football season, West Virginia will likely finish in the top five in the FBS in total defense. The Mountaineers are currently fourth in the nation, allowing 291.4 yards per game.
West Virginia came back from a double-digit second half deficit to beat the Army Black Knights, 24-21, in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, on New Year’s Eve.
Remarkable comeback could be season-defining moment | WV News
The remarkable 87-84 come-from-behind victory by the West Virginia basketball team at Oklahoma State Monday night was key for so many reasons.
Bob Huggins had some flattering words for his prized freshman, who earned his first career start at Oklahoma on Saturday. The West Virginia head coach said that “Jalen Bridges was one of our top three or four guys in practice a year ago,” Huggins believes that Bridges can be a great player if he can play the way he did at the end a year ago.
After a road loss to Oklahoma, the West Virginia men’s basketball team checks in at #14 in the latest AP Top 25. The Mountaineers dropped five spots this week, down from #9. Their highest ranking this season is #7.
After a long two-week break over the holiday season, the West Virginia women’s basketball team started the new year with a solid Big 12 win over the Oklahoma Sooners, 90-72, on Sunday evening. Star guard Kysre Gondrezick was in absolute control on both ends of the court, leading the Mountaineers in scoring with 27 points.
A game time for #14 West Virginia men’s basketball team’s next home game has been announced. The Mountaineers will host Texas on Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
The Mountaineers lost a Big 12 road game to Oklahoma, 75-71, on Saturday. Freshman Jalen Bridges made his first career start and was the only West Virginia player who could consistently score, tallying 11 of his season-high 19 points in the first half.
Following the departure of sophomore forward Oscar Tshiebwe from the West Virginia basketball program, head coach Bob Huggins expressed that he was not surprised and that the underachieving big man will not return to WVU.
Around the Big 12
The Big 12 Conference ended this football season as the only Power 5 conference to go undefeated in bowl games, going 5-0. The strong bowl showing by the Big 12 comes a year after the conference was just 1-5 in bowl games.
Courtney Ramey scored 18 points to lead five players in double-figures scoring, and Texas beat the Jayhawks 84-59 to match the most lopsided win by an opponent in the 65-year history of Allen Fieldhouse.
RJ Nembhard scored 21 points and TCU held on for a 67-60 victory over Kansas State on Saturday for the Horned Frogs’ fifth straight victory. TCU is now 2-1 in conference play, while the Wildcats fall to 1-2.
Texas did not wait long to hire Tom Herman’s replacement, as the Longhorns announced Saturday that they have agreed to a deal with Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.
#6 Kansas looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head series over TCU. The Jayhawks have won by an average of eight points in its last six wins over the Horned Frogs.
#18 Texas Tech looks for its seventh straight home win over Kansas State.
Around the NCAA
All 67 games in the 2021 NCAA Tournament will take place in Indiana, with the majority set to be played in Indianapolis. Games will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
Georgia kicker Jack Podlesny made a 53-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to help the #11 Bulldogs give #6 Cincinnati its only loss of the season with a dramatic 24-21 victory in the Peach Bowl.
Quarterback Kellen Mond led #5 Texas A&M to a 41-27 win over #14 North Carolina on Saturday night in the Orange Bowl, which completed a winless bowl season for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Kentucky held off #24 North Carolina State, 23-21, on Saturday in a chippy Gator Bowl. UK’s A.J. Rose ran for a career-high 148 yards, while Chris Rodriguez added 84 yards and two scores.
With the regular season complete, many teams will now turn their attention to the NFL Draft. There is still a lot unknown about the format it will take or how the scouting combine will proceed, but the draft order of the non-playoff teams is set and here is a complete first-round mock draft.
Did the Philadelphia Eagles tank? Head coach Doug Pederson can deny it all he likes, but it certainly looked like it on Sunday night.
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