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Oklahoma defense has come a long way in 2 years


MORGANTOWN — When last Bob Stoops visited Mountaineer Field it was not a pretty sight for him and his Oklahoma football team.

Yes, the Sooners managed to escape with a win. Barel...

Time was on WVU’s side during winning drive


MORGANTOWN — Had West Virginia not managed that 47-yard, last-play field goal from Josh Lambert to beat Maryland 40-37 Saturday, it’s difficult to imagine what the lasting image...

Mountaineers get last-second field goal to beat Maryland 40-37


COLLEGE PARK, Md. — To imagine that West Virginia could have done anything more in an attempt to give away Saturday’s game against Maryland would be a reach.

In so m...

WVU notebook: Lambert redeems self with kick


COLLEGE PARK, Md. — WVU assistant coach Joe DeForest had some advice for Mountaineer kicker Josh Lambert before his game-winning kick Saturday.

“Just breathe,”...

Mountaineers face Maryland year after 37-0 debacle


COLLEGE PARK, Md. — History suggests that West Virginia’s game with Maryland today is important to the Mountaineers.

It always is, or at least it seems that way.


WVU notebook: Buie makes case for No. 3 running back


COLLEGE PARK, Md. — For the most part, the things that happened late in West Virginia’s 54-0 blowout of Towson a week ago were insignificant. The game was decided by halft...

Big plays missing from WVU offense


MORGANTOWN — In its first two games of the season, West Virginia has gained 999 yards of total offense, scored 77 points and turned the ball over just once — by a backup quarter...

Mountaineer Gameday: Dave Hickman column — Maryland QB has hung in there


MORGANTOWN — Why is it when West Virginia and Maryland play these days there always seems to be a quarterback issue surrounding the Terps?

If it’s not a former Mountaineer behind center for Maryland, ...

Leak’s return gives Maryland 3 good options at wideout


MORGANTOWN — Maryland will present plenty of offensive weapons with which West Virginia’s defense has to deal Saturday when the teams meet in College Park.

There’s ...

This time Trickett’s ready for Maryland


BRIEFLY: Holgorsen again said that freshman William Crest is firmly entrenched as Trickett’s backup. Whether that means he plays or not, however, remains to be seen.

Holgorsen was asked if h...

Mountaineers recall rout by Terps


MORGANTOWN — A year ago, Maryland’s season began falling apart at the seams with a 63-0 loss to eventual national champion Florida State. That beat-down was far from the only pr...

WVU quarterbacks giving Holgorsen options


MORGANTOWN — There are plenty of reasons for Dana Holgorsen to feel better about his West Virginia football team heading into Saturday’s game at Maryland, not the least of which...

WVU blasts Towson 54-0


MORGANTOWN — The competition was certainly not what it has been or is soon to be, but for one night at least, West Virginia breezed through a football game with an ease that has not be...

Mountaineers focus on situational improvements vs. Towson


MORGANTOWN — By all rights, the Towson team that West Virginia faces in its home opener tonight should prove little more than an annoyance.

It doesn’t always work out that...

WVU notebook: Pass defense key for Mountaineers


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s run defense has to be better tonight against Towson than it was a week ago against Alabama.

Or does it?

The Tide gained 288 yards on the...

WVU’s Wellman drawing comparisons to Schmitt


MORGANTOWN — Elijah Wellman has played just one game — and really only a handful of snaps in that game — as a West Virginia fullback, but already he seems on the verge of...

Towson has Holgorsen’s respect


MORGANTOWN — It’s time for the yearly history lesson for West Virginia’s football team, and Dana Holgorsen came to class this week with his lecture notes all in order.

Holgorsen wants no let-up vs. Towson


MORGANTOWN — Aside from buying into the coaching cliché that the most important game of the season is always the next one, there really isn’t anything ...

Attitude, energy good as Mountaineers eye Towson


MORGANTOWN — As it turns out, Dana Holgorsen’s job didn’t become that difficult Sunday after all.

That was the day the West Virginia coach had pointed to more than ...

Holgorsen focused on avoiding letdown


MORGANTOWN — It would be easy, perhaps, for West Virginia’s football team — not to mention its supporters — to get wrapped up in what can only be regarded as a pos...

WVU notebook: Mountaineers weren’t lacking confidence vs. Tide


MOrGANTOWN — If nothing else, there was confidence in the air when West Virginia took the field against Alabama Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

In fact, there may have been cockine...

WVU hangs with No. 2 Alabama before falling 33-23


ATLANTA — A lot of things could have happened to West Virginia’s football team Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome, and by all rights more of them were bad than good.


Mountaineers open with mighty Alabama


ATLANTA — West Virginia begins its 2014 football season here today in far from what could be considered enviable or optimal conditions.

Yes, the Mountaineers have been presented ...

WVU notebook: New coordinators debut on both sides


ATLANTA — Much has been made of the fact that when Alabama’s offense lines up against West Virginia’s defense today, both units could be a bit of a mystery.


WVU cornerback, safety jobs still up in the air


MORGANTOWN — As Dana Holgorsen contemplated the question of who would be assigned to cover Alabama’s All-America wide receiver Amari Cooper Saturday, he predictably mentioned so...

WVU notebook: Trickett ready for first contact in awhile


MORGANTOWN — Clint Trickett hasn’t been in a live game since the final one of last season against Iowa State.

That doesn’t make the West Virginia quarterback unusua...

WVU’s Worley tasked with covering Tide’s Cooper


MORGANTOWN — On an Alabama team chock full of potential All-Americas — there are no less than eight on Phil Steele’s preseason first and second teams — perhaps the...

Who’s up first for ’Bama? Holgorsen not dwelling on Tide’s QB decision


MORGANTOWN — To say that Dana Holgorsen isn’t concerned with which of Alabama’s two quarterbacks starts against West Virginia Saturday wouldn’t be entirely accurat...

Joseph comfortable with rules entering season


MORGANTOWN — When West Virginia lines up against all of the talented players Alabama has to offer on offense Saturday at the Georgia Dome, the Mountaineers are going to need some speci...

With a year at WVU under his belt, WVU’s White aims higher


MORGANTOWN — Of all the players who were supposed to have a positive impact on West Virginia’s rebuilt offense a year ago, perhaps the most disappointing in regard to the result...

Mountaineers put focus on finishing


MORGANTOWN — Last season, West Virginia’s football team held a lead in 10 of its 12 games.

The Mountaineers held fourth-quarter advantages in seven of those 12 games and w...

WVU’s Holgorsen keeps Alabama’s strength in perspective


MORGANTOWN — From Tony Gibson’s vantage point, preparing for Alabama in 10 more days presents all sorts of challenges, not the least of which is simply figuring out what the Tid...

WVU defense showing signs of improvement


MORGANTOWN — It would have been difficult for Tony Gibson to walk off the field Saturday with anything but a smile on his face.

West Virginia’s rookie defensive coordinato...

Questions loom as WVU camp ends


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia finished 17 days of preseason camp Saturday with a depth chart beginning to take a more concrete shape, but still with plenty of unanswered questions about e...

WVU's Barber, Townes likely out for season


MORGANTOWN — With preseason camp winding down, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen seems to have come to a few decisions regarding those who will get playing time.

He’s als...

Mountaineer basketball schedule looks familiar


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s Big 12 basketball schedule this season looks a lot like the one from last year.

Specifically, it starts with the same two-game road trip to TC...

WVU’s Alford feels at home on the outside


MORGANTOWN — Mario Alford fully understands what it’s like to be a square peg forced into a round hole.

He spent much of his first season at West Virginia in that position...

WVU notebook: Blocking skill will determine Smith’s backfield workload


MORGANTOWN — Dreamius Smith is West Virginia’s leading returning rusher. He was also listed No. 1 on the team’s depth chart heading into preseason camp.

But his pos...

Transfer DE Riddick provides speed on pass rush


MORGANTOWN — The first time Shaquille Riddick appeared on Tony Gibson’s radar, the West Virginia defensive coordinator was in Florida on a recruiting trip. It was early May of t...

Five experienced backs vying for playing time, carries with Mountaineers


MORGANTOWN — For those looking to get a handle on just how things are progressing as far as the competition is concerned among West Virginia’s deep corps of running backs, JaJua...

Pressure on WR Thompson to recreate preseason success when games matter


MORGANTOWN — So many of West Virginia’s wide receivers have something to prove this fall, it’s hard to know where to start naming them.

At the top of the list are p...

Long snapper DePalma’s been perfect, but wants to get better


MORGANTOWN — Perhaps the best testament to John DePalma’s skills as a long snapper comes from one of the two players to whom he fires the ball between his legs.

It concern...

WVU notebook: Brown’s back, this time at defensive end


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s defense dealt with more than its share of injuries a season ago. One of the most significant blows didn’t even happen on the field.


Crest not ruled out as WVU’s return guy


MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen finally answered the burning question in West Virginia’s preseason camp Thursday.

Well, sort of.

A day after special teams coordinator Jo...

Holgorsen on board with schedule plan


MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen is now officially on record as favoring a move toward Power 5 conference schools playing only fellow members in football.

It’s not exactly a fi...

WVU freshman Henry in battle for safety job


MORGANTOWN — The opening few days or even weeks of a college football preseason camp can be deceptive, especially where freshmen are concerned.

Because they’re usually bra...

WVU offensive line could be a plus


MORGANTOWN — This isn’t the first year that Dana Holgorsen has touted his offensive line as improved and perhaps even a strength of West Virginia’s football team.


WVU notebook: Holgorsen hoping to make the most of contact limitations


MORGANTOWN — There is a fine line between getting ready to play and staying healthy enough to play during a month of preseason football practice.

“The goal is to get out o...

Rose, Brown switch roles on WVU defensive line


MORGANTOWN — Pay no attention to the published depth chart where West Virginia’s defensive line is concerned.

It’s not that it’s a work in progress, but rath...

Mountaineers kickers sport experience


MORGANTOWN — In so many ways, West Virginia’s kicking game these days is just like the rest of the team.

In other words, it’s deep and experienced, but it still has...