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  • Neal Brown Press Conference “We’re Gonna Need Our Fanbase Saturday”

    Neal Brown Press Conference “We’re Gonna Need Our Fanbase Saturday”

    Oct 27, 2020 12:57pm

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JUL 16 Big 12 Media DaysPhoto by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Didn’t get the job done in Lubbock. Didn’t play bad but didn’t play well enough to win. Games in the Big 12 come down to the 4th quarter. 3 of our games have come down to the 4th quarter and we’re 1-2. Oklahoma State was a one-score game in the 4th. Special teams were much improved. Punt team did a really nice job in coverage. Punters put two inside the 10. Fake was a big play, led to a touchdown. Still have some ways to go with punt return. Their punter had a career day with a 87-yard punt. Evan Staley had a nice day kicking off and two field goals.

    Defensively, we got off to a slow start. We weren’t sharp early. Opening series set the tone. Explosive run we mis-fit. I thought we played well after they scored their last offensive touchdown. They were able to ding us in the run game.

    Offensively we did some good things. The fumble was critical. The dropped passes we’ll get better at that. I thought Jarret Doege played his best game here, throwing th eball and getting it out on time. I don’t know if we got fatigued or what.

    Credit Texas Tech Red Raiders, they made a play to win the game and we didn’t. Disappointing loss but we have to turn the page to a Kansas State Wildcats game. When you think of KSU, its a disciplined team. Defensively 4-down front. Top talented team at defensive end. They have some kids at the end spots that can rush the passer. They have answers for everything you do. Playing a lot of guys in the secondary. They’ve had a bunch of COVID issues but you can’t tell. They are difficult to run inside. Will Howard has a calm demeanor about it. Makes 2 or 3 difficult passes for explosive plays each game. The offensive numbers don’t blow you away but scoring offense is the name of the game. They don’t give up a bunch of negative plays. Special teams is in their culture. Lots of walkons. They play extremely hard. They’ve blocked 3 punts this year. They take the fastest line to the punter and been able to block 3 of them. Punt returner returned 2 punts for touchdowns against Kansas. Last year they returned 4 kickoffs for touchdowns.

    We are going to need our fanbase on Saturday.

    Drops - How to Fix?

    Practice it. A lot of drops are due to hand placement. Sometimes you leave your feet, you have to be soft with your hands. We’ll continue to coach the techniques. Not gonna affect how we call plays. We’ll put guys out there in position to make plays.

    Winston Wright, Jr.

    He loves to play, that's what sticks out. He wants to be coached. He doesn’t get in his feeling when he is coached. I was really proud how he approached the quarantine time. He has quick feet at the break point which allows him to get open. He does a nice job getting vertical after the coach. Improving on his blocking. He’s been our best guy so far.

    Drops - ESPN had 7, PPF had 3, How do you Determine/Final number

    Saturday was between 5 and 6. We talk about catch percentage. We want to be at 90%. You want to catch 9 out of 10. That’s our expectation. We didn’t hit that on Saturday. We build into our kids the process not the results. Chad Scott has a saying “You’re only remembered on your worst day”. Overall our receiver group probably played their best game, blocking, route running. You only remember the bad plays. Is that fair? Its reality. We’re not gonna harp on it but we’re gonna work on it. You catch the ball you’ll get more opportunities. Doege’s played well. I’m in full belief our guys will catch the ball and we’ll make plays.

    Deuce Vaughn & Leddie Brown - similarities

    I don't have the stats but I suspect Leddie is our top 3 receivers. We’ve played him a lot in our empty packages, motions. We fill comfortable running our full route tree. Vaugh is similar in how KSU uses him.

    Update on VanDarius Cowan

    Cowan tried to practice last week but couldn’t go. We’ve been getting good production how that spot. We’ve been using it by committee anyway. Bartlett and Tonkery they were splitting time at that position.

    Team seemed tired, little substitution

    Where we do have some depth we have to do better subbing (defensive line). Other places it is what it is. Gmiter came back and played well. Defensive line we have to do a better job repping guys in. We have to do better getting our 2’s in. Something we have to improve. We’re gonna roll with other spots.

    The last play and clock

    I thought we should have 3 seconds to clock it. I never got a good answer. With 3 seconds we would have spiked it. Our guys were surprised too it was one second. It was maybe 23 executed.

    Changes at Linebacker (due to injury/ejection)

    We always talk about what if in the staff meeting. The way we’ve been practicing, Tony is at Mike. Jarret and Tonk are splitting time at bandit. At Mike chandler moves over. Exree is at will. They practice at those positions.

    Response from Team Leaders

    I think Texas Tech was more favorable matchup to us than anyone to this point. We have leadership with guys who have played. Tony Fields, Josh Chalders, Stills, Pooler, Addae. Some older guys there. Nicktroy is mature. We have some cornerstone. Those guys will bounce back. Offensively there is more youth. Jarret is playing better. He’s a guy will look to for leadership. Chase is that guy. We’re still looking for some answers there.

    Alec Sinkfield

    He hasn't played as well the last two weeks. That’s fair. Some of that is due to the chance as much as anything. The plays haven’t been blocked as clean. We’re gonna stress to him being a one-cut guy and being vertical. Patted his feet more. We have to get back where he is one cut and getting vertical. He had one nice run. He had a 3rd down run, we’d love to have that back. Then he had a great run on short yardage in the 4th Q.

    Preparing for Extras they do

    To me that’s complimentary football. We’re better but haven’t played complimentary football. Defense gets a stop and the offense goes out and scores. We haven’t done that. Same with special teams. I think they play great complimentary football. I think they create their own breaks and they do that because their disciplined, well coached. They compete. We invest a lot of time in special teams. It showed on Saturday. We’re gonna spend a lot of time on it. We have a lot of respect what they do schematically.

    Coverage Type

    They do a good job mixing it up. Primarily a zone team. Lot of eyes on the QB. Lot of forced interception. Great job getting pressure with four. You have to keep guys in to protect. So now you have 3 guys out instead of 5 and they’re dropping 7. Then they play games with their line.

    You want to see a guy with great effort, go watch DK Metcalf run that guy down. We’ll show that to our players. You want to win games you can’t fumble the ball.

    Tajh Alston

    He’s progressing well with his conditioning. We’re hoping he’ll be able to practice in the next two weeks. Coming off an Achilles injury he’s ahead of schedule.

    Tackles

    John Hughes is getting better. Brandon Yates has talent. Through 3 quarters he played well. He’ll get better the more he plays.

  • WVU Men’s Basketball Adds 4 More Non-Conference Games to 2020-21 Schedule

    WVU Men’s Basketball Adds 4 More Non-Conference Games to 2020-21 Schedule

    Oct 27, 2020 11:56am

    NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at West VirginiaBen Queen-USA TODAY Sports

    The schedule is basically set as these four games fill out the dates available.

    West Virginia men’s basketball announced on Tuesday four additional non-conference games to the 2020-21 schedule. These will be interspersed throughout December, both before and during conference play.

    SCHEDULE UPDATE

    Four more home nonconference games announced!

    Mark your

    ➡️https://t.co/8FOXQ7qEX4 pic.twitter.com/z5bhagVN4x

    — WVU Men's Basketball (@WVUhoops) October 27, 2020

    The season will open with three games in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic, November 25-27, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. WVU will return to Morgantown to host Youngstown State on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

    The Mountaineers will play three more games before the Big 12 opener, with two being announced in the release. Robert Morris will come to the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Richmond will visit on Sunday, Dec. 13.

    Still to be announced is the Big East/Big 12 Battle opponent, but the game will be played on December 5 or 6.

    WVU will start its Big 12 campaign on Friday, Dec. 18, hosting Iowa State. It will play one more conference game before the end of the year, a road matchup against Kansas on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

    Before the end of 2020, WVU will host Buffalo at the Coliseum on Tuesday, Dec. 29. This will serve as a good warm-up as the Mountaineers prepare for conference games to start 2021.

    The final non-conference game on the schedule is the Big 12/SEC Challenge matchup against Florida, on Saturday, Jan. 30, in Morgantown.

    2020-21 WVU Men’s Basketball Non-conference Schedule

    Day Date Opponent Location

    Wed–Friday Nov. 25–27 Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic Sioux Falls, S.D.

    Wed Dec. 2 Youngstown State Morgantown, W.Va.

    Sat/Sun Dec. 5/6 at Big East/Big 12 Battle (Opponent TBA) TBA

    Wed Dec. 9 Robert Morris Morgantown, W.Va.

    Sun Dec. 13 Richmond Morgantown, W.Va.

    Tues Dec. 29 Buffalo Morgantown, W.Va.

    Sat Jan. 30 Florida (Big 12/SEC Challenge) Morgantown, W.Va.

  • Big 12 Drops Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Schedules

    Big 12 Drops Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Schedules

    Oct 27, 2020 10:01am

    NCAA Basketball: Baylor at West VirginiaBen Queen-USA TODAY Sports

    Conference play will start in December 2020.

    Anticipation for the 2020 West Virginia basketball season—the 50th played at the WVU Coliseum—increased Monday when the Big 12 dropped the men’s and women’s basketball conference schedules. Exact times and broadcast information have not been determined.

    Big 12 play will start in December 2020 for both teams. The women opensthe Big 12 season with a mega-showdown on Thursday, Dec. 10, as Baylor comes to the WVU Coliseum. The men’s team hosts Iowa State on Friday, Dec. 18, in its conference opener.

    Both teams will finish their seasons in the last week of February the women will travel to Iowa State on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and the men will host Kansas State on Saturday, Feb. 27.

    WVU women’s basketball used a cool two-sided record graphic to announce its schedule. These are the only games scheduled fo the team in the 2020-21 season, due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is unclear if the Big 12/SEC Women’s Challenge will be played this season, but WVU was slated to host Tenessee.

    The stage is set ✅#HailWV | #PhysicalFor40

    ➡️ https://t.co/U0vXYkMlgK pic.twitter.com/F1I3ddC7ZZ

    — WVU Women's Basketball (@WVUWBB) October 26, 2020

    The men are set to play in the Bad Bow Mowers Crossover Classic (an awesome name) over Thanksgiving week in Sioux Fall, South Dakota. They will play Texas A&M to open the tournament.

    SCHEDULE UPDATE

    The Big 12 schedule is here!

    Mark your

    ➡️https://t.co/TEiHCEy6po pic.twitter.com/DwyzNdwi6y

    — WVU Men's Basketball (@WVUhoops) October 26, 2020

    Both the men’s and women’s Big 12 Championship tournaments will be played in Kansas City, Missouri, over the same week in March. The men will play March 10-13 at the Sprint Center and the women will play March 11-14 at Municipal Auditorium.

    WVU Men’s Basketball Big 12 Schedule

    Day Date Opponent Location

    Fri Dec. 18 Iowa State Morgantown, W.Va.

    Tues Dec. 22 at Kansas Lawrence, Kan.

    Sat Jan. 2 at Oklahoma Norman, Okla.

    Mon Jan. 4 at Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla.

    Sat Jan. 9 Texas Morgantown, W.Va.

    Tues Jan. 12 at Baylor Waco, Texas

    Sat Jan. 16 TCU Morgantown, W.Va.

    Tues Jan. 19 Oklahoma State Morgantown, W.Va.

    Sat Jan. 23 at Kansas State Manhattan, Kan.

    Mon Jan. 25 Texas Tech Morgantown, W.Va.

    Tues Feb. 2 at Iowa State Ames, Iowa

    Sat Feb. 6 Kansas Morgantown, W.Va.

    Tues Feb. 9 at Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas

    Sat Feb. 13 Oklahoma Morgantown, W.Va.

    Mon Feb. 15 Baylor Morgantown, W.Va.

    Sat Feb. 20 at Texas Austin, Texas

    Mon Feb. 22 at TCU Fort Worth, Texas

    Sat Feb. 27 Kansas State Morgantown, W.Va.

    Wed–Sat March 10–13 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Kansas City, Mo.

    WVU Women’s Basketball Big 12 Schedule

    Day Date Opponent Location

    Thur Dec. 10 Baylor Morgantown, W.Va.

    Fri Dec. 18 @ Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla.

    Sat Jan. 2 @ Kansas Lawrence, Kan.

    Tues Jan. 5 @ Kansas State Manhattan, Kan.

    Sat Jan. 9 Texas Morgantown, W.Va.

    Wed Jan. 13 Texas Tech Morgantown, W.Va.

    Sat Jan. 16 @ Oklahoma Norman, Okla.

    Wed Jan. 20 Kansas State Morgantown, W.Va.

    Sat Jan. 23 Oklahoma State Morgantown, W.Va.

    Wed Jan. 27 @ Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas

    Sat Jan. 30 @ TCU Fort Worth, Texas

    Wed Feb. 3 Iowa State Morgantown, W.Va.

    Sat Feb. 6 Texas Austin, Texas

    Wed Feb. 10 Kansas Morgantown, W.Va.

    Sun Feb. 14 Oklahoma Morgantown, W.Va.

    Wed Feb. 17 Baylor Waco, Texas

    Sat Feb. 20 TCU Morgantown, W.Va.

    Wed Feb. 24 Iowa State Ames, Iowa

    Thur–Sun March 11–14 Phillips Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship Kansas City, Mo.

  • Neal Brown says WVU must finish better vs Kansas State

    Neal Brown says WVU must finish better vs Kansas State

    Oct 27, 2020 10:00am

    NCAA Football: West Virginia at Texas TechMichael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

    Good morning! This is the Shotgun Throwdown, your daily West Virginia sports roundup.

    Football

    Anticipating another close contest vs. K-State, Neal Brown says WVU must finish better

    Three of West Virginia’s four Big 12 Conference games have been decided by seven points or less. The Mountaineers defeated Baylor in overtime at home but lost a pair of seven-point decisions away from Milan Puskar Stadium. They are arguably a few plays away from being 5-0, but also could be 2-3 without a fourth-down conversion in overtime against the Bears.

    Three Guys Before The Game – Texas Tech Recap (Episode 238)

    West Virginia’s loss at Texas Tech has left a mark. Head coach Neal Brown’s disappointment was obvious in his postgame press conference. No one said “Trust The Climb” was going to be painless. On this episode, Tony Caridi, Brad Howe, and Hoppy Kercheval dive into why WVU left Lubbock with his its first loss since 2012.

    Sunday notebook: Targeting call on Tony Fields confounds Neal Brown

    West Virginia senior linebacker and leading tackler Tony Fields II was ejected in the second quarter on a targeting call while making a tackle on Texas Tech quarterback Henry Colombi. The call was made only after an official review. WVU head coach Neal Brown thinks that the game has become difficult to officiate, and coach, in regard to targeting.

    Monday Mountaineer Football Notebook

    At this point in the season, all four Big 12 games have been competitive well into the second half, with West Virginia winning two and losing two. And in all four, the Mountaineers’ youthfulness has factored into the outcome one way or another. Despite the mistakes, WVU head coach Neal Brown believes that his team is better than it was one year ago.

    Basketball

    Men’s Hoops Big 12 Schedule Announced

    West Virginia Director of Athletics Shane Lyons and the Big 12 Conference have announced the 2020-21 conference men’s basketball schedule. WVU will open Big 12 play in December with two league games, starting with a home contest against Iowa State on the 18th and a game at Kansas on the 22nd. To start the 2021 calendar year, the Mountaineers will have a two-game trip to Oklahoma and to Oklahoma State. Check out the rest of the conference schedule here!

    Big 12 Unveils 2020-21 Conference Schedule

    The West Virginia women’s basketball team, in conjunction with the Big 12 Conference, released the 2020-21 conference schedule on Monday. WVU opens Big 12 play on December 10th, as the team welcomes Baylor to the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. The Mountaineers then embark on their first conference road trip with a matchup against Oklahoma State on December 18th.

    WVU Sports Hall of Famer Smith Passes Away in Naples, Florida

    WVU Sports Hall of Fame member Bob Smith has passed away at age 83. Smith scored 1,127 points in his decorated three-year Mountaineer career. He was a member of three Southern Conference championship teams and the 1959 NCAA runner-up squad.

    West Virginia Athletics

    Stahl Named Student-Athlete of the Week

    Following her game-winning goal last Friday night at Oklahoma, junior forward Alina Stahl of the West Virginia women’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week. Stahl helped the Mountaineers to a 1-0 win over the Sooners when she found the back of the net in the 20th minute.

    Nagato Finishes Second in Tournament Finale

    Freshman Momoko Nagato of the West Virginia tennis team claimed a second-place finish in this weekend’s Fall Circuit tournament in Morgantown on Sunday afternoon.

    Around the Big 12

    Big 12 Snapshot: Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

    Last week, there were no changes in any of the three tiers in the Big 12 Snapshot, but this edition has a host of teams on the move. Check out the weekly snapshot, which employs a fantasy football-style tier format, rather than conference standings or power ratings.

    Standouts from BU, ISU, K-State and OU Earn Week 7 Awards

    Iowa State’s Breece Hall and Oklahoma’s Marvin Mims shared Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Mims was also named the Newcomer of the Week. Baylor’s Terrel Bernard was named Defensive Player of the Week, while Kansas State’s Phillip Brooks was selected as the Special Teams Player of the Week.

    Around the NCAA

    College football conference power rankings

    Although there were minimal major upsets this past weekend in college football, the return of the Big Ten added intrigue. After its first week of games, how does the Big Ten compare to the conferences that have been playing for weeks? Check out this power ranking of the college football conferences.

    College football bowl projections after Week 8

    In the return of the Big Ten, Penn State fell to Indiana by one point, 36-35, in overtime. How did this upset and the rest of Week 8’s results shake up the projected bowl matchups?

    5 winners and 3 losers from Week 7 in the NFL

    There were lots of NFL quarterbacks that had successful weeks, but there were a couple that did not. Here are five winners and a few losers from week 7 of the NFL season.

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  • What I Think After “Dropping” One in Lubbock

    What I Think After “Dropping” One in Lubbock

    Oct 27, 2020 7:57am

    NCAA Football: West Virginia at Texas TechMichael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

    The offense never could get ahead, the defense never got a chance to shine

    *Checks calendar* Yes, it is still 2020 which means this is a new year and yet, the same old Mountaineers showed up. West Virginia came into Lubbock 3-1, looking for respect against a 1-3 Texas Tech Red Raiders foe and left with more questions than answers. This wasn’t as bad as the 2012 beatdown, but it was still disheartening.

    Doege Isn’t The Problem, But He Is

    It is really unfair of me to put blame on Jarret Doege when he threw for 347 yards and a touchdown and had his receivers drop 7 or 8 passes, many which would have extended drives, but he isn’t without fault. He missed open receivers many times and while he may have had tough throwing windows (over the shoulder to the outside in the window of a Cover 2) it is one that you expect a P5 quarterback to be able to make. He missed that throw a lot.

    He also showed that making the throw to the outside hash is not something he can do right now. He was nearly picked off on that throw and another time he just could not get the ball there in time. That is a NFL throw and not one everyone can make. From Saturday’s tape, it looks like Doege can’t make that throw. It unfortunately limits the teams playcalling.

    Some of y’all got mad when I said it was Leddie Brown and 10 other guys on offense, saying the offensive line was the one opening the holes, yet the offensive line is the same line that is letting Doege get blasted and letting guys run free.

    The Receivers Are The Problem, But They Aren’t

    West Virginia now has 16 drops on the season, which leads the FBS. Not much to say about that because it is not just Sam James or Bryce Ford-Wheaton. It was also Sean Ryan. It was also TJ Simmons. It was everyone on the team and those drops are a serious problem. Still, the receivers are getting free. They are making plays. They are capable of clearing a defense. You also have to wonder if our emphasis on being a great running team after being so bad last year may have worked against our receivers.

    Leddie Brown Can’t Do It All

    Brown finished with 77 yards rushing, 47 yards receiving and 144 total yards. He ran the ball 21 times. Sinkfield and Winston Wright ran 7 times combined. When Leddie is in the game, its 50/50 but maybe a run up the middle. When Leddie isn’t in the game, its a pass. This has been Neal Brown’s MO as a play-caller. He prefers one back do most of the lifting, which likely fits Leddie’s style. It allows Leddie to continue to get stronger as games go on. Still, he can’t be the only running back producing. Brown has already run the ball 102 times. In 2016 when the Mountaineers featured a power-run game with the quarterback, they ran the ball over 200 times with Wendell Smallwood. Every other year in the Dana Holgorsen era, they ran the ball less than 200 times with their feature back and typically had two backs with over 100 carries. This kept the backs healthy.

    The Defense

    All week we got “#1 Defense! #1 Defense!” and then the defense does...not bad but definitely not great. The defense allowed a backup quarterback, backup wide receivers, backup running back and backup tackles to dominate and do what they needed to do. They had one takeaway and they held the Red Raiders to 348 total yards and 169 passing yards, but then allowed the Red Raiders to run for 179 yards. Worst, they didn’t impact the game.

    They caused a fumble at the start of the second half which allowed the offense to tie the game, then immediately allowed a penalty-aided 9 play drive to give Tech the lead again. If this defense is so good, its need to be more impactful and it can’t let the offense dictate the game, especially a game like Saturday. This defense needs to take over and it has to take over when games are close, not when they have a lead.

    The Offense

    Two major points on this offense. I still, after 17 games have no idea what our offensive identity is and what we want to do. I have a semblance of an idea, run the ball with Leddie Brown until he dies from exhaustion, but I have no idea what our overall cohesive play actually is. Are we trying to be a methodical, slower paced team that can exploit you for overloading the box? Are we a tempo team that will run the ball? I have no idea. It seems like we went into NCAA picked single-back offense and just mash buttons on every play.

    Second, this offense has to give this defense some room to breathe. Every damn time the defense gave us a fighting chance the offense squandered it. The defense has to do better but this offense can’t just be a spectator at its own games. Somebody has to make a play and it can’t be Leddie all the time. I dont know how you fix the drops but at the same time, someone needs to fight and find a spark to give us a lead to let the defense work and right now its not happening.

  • Big 12 Triggers Six-Day Window for West Virginia v. Texas on Nov. 7

    Big 12 Triggers Six-Day Window for West Virginia v. Texas on Nov. 7

    Oct 26, 2020 12:42pm

    West Virginia v TexasPhoto by Tim Warner/Getty Images

    We will have to wait to find out when the Mountaineers and Longhorns will play.

    On Monday, the Big 12 announced that West Virginia football’s game at Texas on Saturday, Nov. 7, in Austin, Texas, will be flexed into the six-day window for broadcasting. This means the game time and network will be determined on Sunday, Nov. 1.

    The @Big12Conference has announced that ESPN and Fox will utilize a six-day window to announce the broadcast network and time slot for the game at Texas on Nov. 7.
    https://t.co/lWvZd55zU2

    — WVU Football (@WVUfootball) October 26, 2020

    The Mountaineers (3-2, 2-2) fell to Texas Tech this weekend while the Longhorns (3-2, 2-2) defeated Baylor 27-16. WVU hosts Kansas State on Saturday, Oct. 31, while UT travels to undefeated Oklahoma State.

    It seems the networks want to see how these teams perform in week 9 to determine how important this matchup will be.

  • RECAP: West Virginia fumbles game away late, drops one to Texas Tech in Lubbock

    RECAP: West Virginia fumbles game away late, drops one to Texas Tech in Lubbock

    Oct 25, 2020 11:03am

    NCAA Football: West Virginia at Texas TechHERE HAVE A PICTURE OF A TIGHT END CATCHING A PASS | Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

    The West Virginia Mountaineers fell to 3-2 (2-2 Big 12) on the season this evening, after getting into the least likely Big 12 shootout ever — a physical, pound-the-ball competition with the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock.

    Highlights

    Trick-Or-Treat #HailWV pic.twitter.com/Edc2B0EyRP

    — WVU Football (@WVUfootball) October 24, 2020

    Leddie Brown now has a team-leading 8️⃣ touchdowns, including 6️⃣ on the ground.

    ➡️ https://t.co/pAfwY9qoIp#HailWV | #TrustTheClimb pic.twitter.com/QR8wNEQ3I4

    — WVU Football (@WVUfootball) October 24, 2020

    IT'S A FAKE! #HailWV pic.twitter.com/xpOuOkoRVl

    — WVU Football (@WVUfootball) October 24, 2020

    Highlights from today's matchup at Texas Tech in Lubbock.#HailWV | @CocaCola pic.twitter.com/hKQ900By2F

    — WVU Football (@WVUfootball) October 25, 2020

    Box Score

    West Virginia

    Texas Tech

    Takeaways

    • If you really want to, you can draw a lot of parallels between this team and the 2003-2004 Rich Rodriguez squads. We have all the pieces, but it’s just not put together yet. We’ll get there, and I think you can probably take some comfort in that — because God knows there’s nothing truly comforting about this season.
    • I don’t know how you fix it, and I don’t envy the people that are tasked with that duty, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team with as many drops as this team. We’re just constantly shooting ourselves in the foot. Get a sports psychologist on a Zoom call with these guys or something. We have to get them out of their own heads.
    • It took until this game for me to notice how bad Jarret Doege’s footwork is, and I’m not sure why. But even with the wide receiver drops and his own footwork working against him, Doege still managed to complete 64% of his passes for 347 yards and a touchdown.
    • Speaking of Doege, did you know that Jarret Doege’s older brother played quarterback at Texas Tech while Neal Brown was offensive coordinator there? Big if true.
    • WE HAVE DISCOVERED TIGHT ENDS. Mike O’Laughlin might be good, and I’m cautiously optimistic about TJ Banks. Maybe we should throw to them more often.
    • Remember when everyone got all mad at Dana Holgorsen and started talking about how he should give playcalling duties to his offensive coordinator? Yeah...that.

    Player of the Game

    Leddie Brown, running back

    West Virginia v Texas TechPhoto by John E. Moore III/Getty Images

    Of course it’s Leddie again, and it will likely continue to be Leddie until something clicks with these wide receivers. Brown finished the day with 21 carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns, and added seven receptions for 47 yards.

    Tweet of the Game

    If Sam doesn’t shape up he might find himself as the second James to get himself locked away in a shed in Lubbock.

    — Jθedy McCreary (@JoedyMcCreary) October 25, 2020

    FOLKS

    What’s Next?

    West Virginia is back at home on Halloween, when they’re scheduled to take on the Kansas State Wildcats — provided both teams can meet the Big 12 requirement for available players — in what will certainly be spooky outing. That game will kickoff at noon and will be broadcast on either ESPN or ESPN2, with final determination coming later tonight or tomorrow.

  • How to Watch/Listen/Stream West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

    How to Watch/Listen/Stream West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

    Oct 24, 2020 11:03am

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 27 Cheez-It Bowl - Air Force v Washington StatePhoto by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Don’t miss a minute of the action as the Mountaineers travel to West Texas to take on the Red Raiders.

    How to Watch the West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

    Location: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas

    Time: 5:30PM ET

    Channel: ESPN2

    Online Streaming: WatchESPN with a valid cable subscription

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    TV Crew: Anish Shroff (PBP), Tom Luginbill (analyst) and Ian Fitzsimmons (sideline)

    Cable: Check your local listings

    DirecTV: Channel 209

    Dish: Channel 143

    Radio: Click HERE for a complete list of radio affiliates in West Virginia. If you live outside of the state, or don’t live close enough to a radio affiliate, you can listen to the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG on TuneIn Radio. We will also include the stream in our game thread, which will go live at 4:30 PM ET.

    SiriusXM Satellite Radio will also be broadcasting the game. Fans can listen live on channel 121 on Sirius branded radios and channel 381 on XM branded radios.

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    Oct 28, 2020 12:13am

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  • #19 Jonathan Gruden

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  • Trevor Daley's role in Penguins history was quietly significant

    Oct 27, 2020 6:05am

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  • NHL veteran Daley retires, joins Penguins front office

    Oct 26, 2020 5:39pm

    Trevor Daley's steadying presence on the blue line helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. The team hopes Daley can make the same impact in a different capacity as a hockey operations advisor. The 37-year-old Daley announced his retirement after 16 seasons on Monday in conjunction with his decision to begin his post-playing career by returning to the Penguins.

  • D Daley retires, moves into Penguins' front office

    Oct 26, 2020 4:59pm

    Defenseman Trevor Daley retired on Monday to take a front-office job with the Pittsburgh Penguins. A second-round selection by Dallas in the 2002 NHL Draft, Daley appeared in 1,058 regular-season games and scored 309 points (89 goals, 220 assists) with the Stars (2003-15), Chicago Blackhawks (2015), Penguins (2015-17) and Detroit Red Wings (2017-20). Daley, 37, won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2016 and '17.

  • Former Red Wing Trevor Daley retires, joins Penguins front office

    Oct 26, 2020 2:24pm

    Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley has retired as a player and joined the Pittsburgh Penguins front office. The Penguins announced Monday they have hired Daley as a hockey operations advisor. He will be based out of Pittsburgh and report directly to general manager Jim Rutherford, assisting in player evaluations at the NHL and AHL level, as well as acting as an “eye in the sky” for the coaching staff during games.

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