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TCU’s Boykin creeping into Heisman Trophy talk

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MORGANTOWN — Regardless of what Trevone Boykin does against West Virginia Saturday afternoon, the Mountaineers have likely seen it before — both the good and the bad.

Two ...

Double-teaming White opens up other facets of WVU offense

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MORGANTOWN — Kevin White enjoyed himself Saturday afternoon in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

It had nothing to do with basking in the sun and heat and even less with his work load, which...

WVU notebook: Holgorsen not anxious about CFP rankings

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MORGANTOWN — The first set of rankings from the College Football Playoff committee were released Tuesday night and West Virginia, ranked No. 20 in the latest Associated Press poll, was...

Similar path to success for WVU, TCU

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MORGANTOWN — For a couple of programs that seemed to hit close to rock bottom a year ago, West Virginia and TCU have come a long way in a rather short amount of time.

“Yea...

Run game became WVU’s primary weapon against Oklahoma State

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MORGANTOWN — For weeks now, Dana Holgorsen and the rest of West Virginia’s coaching staff have been trumpeting the success of the team’s running game.

They’v...

WVU notebook: ESPN bringing Gameday to Morgantown

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BRIEFLY: The two games between WVU and TCU since both joined the Big 12 in 2012 have gone to overtime. TCU won 39-38 in Morgantown two years ago by tying the game with a 94-yard Trevone Boykin pass in th...

Running attack, solid defense carry WVU past Oklahoma State 34-10

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STILLWATER, Okla. — Just when it seemed that West Virginia had hit a lull Saturday afternoon, the Mountaineers hit their stride. And they have two old staples of football to thank for that — the run game an...

WVU notebook: Mountaineers stay hot in the heat

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STILLWATER, Okla. — It was not something West Virginia’s players ever imagined happening.

The coaches? Well, they knew better.

Every once in a while, a little ...

WVU pulls away from Cowboys and wins big, 34-10

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STILLWATER, Okla. — Just when it seemed that West Virginia had hit a lull Saturday afternoon, the Mountaineers hit their stride.

The result was another Big 12 win and bowl ...

No. 22 Mountaineers visit Oklahoma State

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STILLWATER, Okla. — The notion that a West Virginia football team might be in danger of being overconfident in a Big 12 road game against Oklahoma State would have seemed ludicro...

WVU notebook: Changes in store for punt return unit

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STILLWATER, Okla. — West Virginia’s defense has made a living the past game and a half with what’s known as a zero blitz — essentially committing so many def...

Mountaineers want to continue QB pressure

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MORGANTOWN — A week ago against Baylor, West Virginia’s defense managed something few others have in recent years — they pressured the quarterback and in doing so disrupt...

Mountaineer Gameday, Dave Hickman column: Oklahoma State offense is sputtering

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MORGANTOWN — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy will be the first to admit that Daxx Garman has been placed into an unenviable position.

It’s one thing to finally get a chanc...

Dillon personifies Mountaineers’ defensive alteration

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MORGANTOWN — In case anyone hadn’t noticed, K.J. Dillon has taken on a dramatically different role in West Virginia’s defense the past two games.

Normally a disrupt...

Oklahoma State’s Hill has game-breaking speed

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MORGANTOWN — Tyreek Hill’s statistics aren’t going to jump out at anyone.

Shoot, he’s not even listed as a starter on offense for Oklahoma State, but instead...

Mountaineers limp past season’s midpoint

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia has reached the point of its football season where some concessions have to be made in order to make it through the rest of the fall.

After seven games...

WVU-Cowboys: Similar records, dissimilar seasons

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MORGANTOWN — If ever a pair of teams with identical records could be considered to be going in opposite directions, it would be West Virginia and Oklahoma State.

Consider that bo...

Defensive gamble paid off vs. Baylor

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MORGANTOWN — To say that Tony Gibson and the West Virginia defense gambled Saturday in the way they elected to attack Baylor’s heretofore unstoppable offense would be an underst...

Defense carries Mountaineers past No. 4 Baylor 41-27

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MORGANTOWN — There is a solid argument to be made that West Virginia’s 41-27 upset of No. 4 Baylor Saturday wasn’t much of an upset at all.

After all, it was the Mo...

WVU notebook: Rumph makes most of his chance

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MORGANTOWN — One of the things West Virginia’s coaches do each Sunday while going over film of the previous day’s game is select team champions — the players of th...

Another Big 12 shootout for WVU, Baylor

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MORGANTOWN — Terrell Chestnut has pretty much gotten used to life as a defensive player in the Big 12. When he goes to work on Saturdays in the fall, he’s accepted the fact that...

Ground game half the battle for WVU offense

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MORGANTOWN — It sounded like fairly typical coach-speak, a guy talking about balance on offense and how important it was to the success of a football team.

“We’ve d...

Another elite foe for Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — By this time, it should be old hat for West Virginia’s football team.

At least as far as the pollsters are concerned, you can count on one hand — and w...

Big 12 basketball officials targeting more consistency on calls

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MORGANTOWN — If you got sick and tired of the wild inconsistency in the way college basketball officials made the block/charge call a year ago, join the crowd.

So did the officia...

Mountaineer Gameday, Dave Hickman column: Kickers need to learn to relax

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MORGANTOWN — As a general rule, most kickers are built pretty much the same from the neck up. Baylor’s Chris Callahan and West Virginia’s Josh Lambert are really no excep...

Transfers poised to make big impact in Big 12

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KANSAS CITY — College basketball these days is becoming a game of free agency.

That’s not news, of course. It’s been the case for more than a few years. Once upon a...

WVU’s Staten working through ankle injury

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KANSAS CITY — If Juwan Staten has a flaw — and despite all his accomplishments West Virginia’s Big 12 preseason player of the year certainly has a few — it’...

WVU’s Worley, Smallwood sorry for letting teammates down

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MORGANTOWN — Daryl Worley and Wendell Smallwood both insist that the worst part of what they went through during separate legal entanglements and suspensions of late was that they let ...

WVU notebook: Defensive line still unsettled

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MORGANTOWN — Going into the meat of his team’s practice for No. 4 Baylor, Dana Holgorsen still wasn’t sure who he would have available on the defensive line.

Part o...

WVU, Baylor defenses have improved

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MORGANTOWN — The last time Baylor played at Mountaineer Field, the teams combined for 133 points.

A year ago in Waco, Texas, they scored 115.

It’s probably a safe be...

Mountaineers finding balance on offense

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s opponents have seen what the Mountaineers would most like to do on offense and have pretty much vowed not to allow it.

They saw Clint Trickett...

Lambert’s 55-yard field goal wins it for WVU

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LUBBOCK, Texas — That West Virginia needed a last-play, school-record, 55-yard field goal from Josh Lambert to beat Texas Tech here Saturday is almost beside the point.

Tha...

WVU notebook: Lambert comes through when it counts

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MORGANTOWN — Josh Lambert seems to be a tough one to figure out.

West Virginia’s third-year sophomore kicker tends to miss what appear to be significant field goals, but t...

Holgorsen says weather a non-factor at Texas Tech

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LUBBOCK, Texas — If Dana Holgorsen had his druthers, the word “wind’’ never would have passed through anyone’s lips this week in preparation for West ...

Texas Tech’s undoing: penalties

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LUBBOCK, Texas — There are arguments to be made in favor of a lot of different aspects of West Virginia’s game with Texas Tech being crucial.

Naturally, the passing ...

Texas Tech’s Kingsbury fits Holgorsen’s mold

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MORGANTOWN — Over the course of his coaching career, Dana Holgorsen has tutored his fair share of pretty good college quarterbacks.

At Texas Tech, Graham Harrell finished his ca...

Mountaineer Gameday, Dave Hickman column: Kingsbury well aware of WVU’s weapons

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MORGANTOWN — Kliff Kingsbury is well aware of what the problems are with his Texas Tech football team these days, whether it be a leaky defense, a penchant for committing penalties or ...

Texas Tech searching for consistency on offense

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MORGANTOWN — Of all the problems that have plagued Texas Tech this season, it’s really difficult to know where to begin.

Simplistically speaking, it would be easy to cite ...

WVU reinstates Worley

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MORGANTOWN — Daryl Worley is back as a full-fledged member of West Virginia’s football team, eligible to play Saturday when the Mountaineers visit Texas Tech.

The sophomor...

WVU’s Staten working to live up to Big 12 accolades

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MORGANTOWN — As far as Juwan Staten is concerned, being named the preseason player of the year in the Big 12 isn’t so much an accomplishment as it is a challenge.

Oh, sure...

WVU’s Worley back at practice, game status up in the air

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MORGANTOWN — Daryl Worley’s return to West Virginia’s football team is one step closer. When the final step is taken remains to be seen.

Worley, the sophomore corne...

WVU returns to scene of the crime

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MORGANTOWN — If it’s time for West Virginia to face Texas Tech, then it’s time for Dana Holgorsen to again answer the same, tired question about travel.

And, of cou...

Downsizing defense a nod to Mountaineers’ future opponents

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MORGANTOWN — To pretend that West Virginia didn’t have some disturbing issues in Saturday’s 33-14 win over Kansas would be to deny the obvious.

Offensively, the Mou...

No surprise this time as WVU dominates Kansas

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia did exactly what it was expected to do with Kansas Saturday.

That may not sound like anything special, but after failing so miserably in a similar atte...

WVU notebook: Backup QBs hot topic after win

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MORGANTOWN — One of the most intriguing aspects of West Virginia’s 33-14 win over Kansas Saturday involved someone who didn’t even dress for the game.

That would be...

Best hope for Kansas? Shifty quarterback Cozart

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MORGANTOWN — If Kansas and its train wreck of a football program have a chance to upset four-touchdown favorite West Virginia today, the impetus would likely have to come from one of t...

WVU notebook: Emotions shouldn’t be lacking today for Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — A comprehensive list of the issues that plagued West Virginia and contributed to an embarrassing 31-19 loss at Kansas late last season would be a long one.

But the h...

WVU aide has advice for KU’s Bowen

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MORGANTOWN — At some point Saturday afternoon, probably a few hours before game time, Tom Bradley will run across Clint Bowen on the turf at Mountaineer Field. They aren’t old f...

Special teams a rare plus for Kansas

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MORGANTOWN — The Kansas team that West Virginia plays this weekend is a mess in more ways than one.

The school just fired its head coach, Charlie Weis, and replaced him with defe...

WVU: Banks’ suspension wasn’t all bad

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MORGANTOWN — To try and imagine that when Ishmael Banks was forced to miss the first three games of the season it was somehow a blessing to Banks or West Virginia’s football tea...