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Auburn Recap

Now this is what I like to see....

Now this is what I like to see....

FINALLY. I believe that’s the word on everyone’s mind the day after. The Offense looked like it’s supposed to look, the Defense came to play and there was little-to-no bumbling by the coaching staff. Great night to be in Morgantown.

Now, we do have to face the fact that this Auburn team is by no means the cream of the SEC. BUT, they are a formidable opponent and their defense is as good as any that we’re going to see in conference play. I thought the offensive play calls were good, and the execution was even better. There was more diversity last night then we’ve seen all season. If we look at the ‘Eers four touchdowns, each of them is unique in it’s own way:

  • Alric Arnett’s second quarter touchdown grab came from 44 yards out. Most touchdown passes we score from 40+ yards away are short passes and long runs. Not this one. Good ole #5 just uncorked one, went up top and hit his man in stride. Great play.
  • Dorrell Jalloh’s third quarter score, from two yards out (that’s right, we’re passing it in from 6 feet away) was a well designed pass play that was executed to perfection. Jollah’s man got confused as he cut through traffic and he was left wide open for the score.
  • Jalloh’s second TD, coming in the fourth quarter, was the opposite. White hit him on a short route and he then used his athleticism to break the play wide open. Sure. you could argue poor tackling on Auburn’s part, but not a lot of guys are going to make that play.
  • Finally, to ice the game, our only rushing TD came from 30 yards out by Noel Devine. What I wanted to see, and got to see, was more second level blocking from the o-line. That, coupled with our ability to pass the ball successfully, gave Noel plenty of room to run and he took care of business to the tune of 200+ yards. Great day for the run game AND we didn’t have to run White into the ground.

All in all, it was a complete victory. The fact that we unleashed 31 unanswered points is lost on no one, but let’s make sure to give the D big props, as well. The win was helped along by the absolutley raucous Night Game in Morgantown atmosphere. It was a lot of fun, and I’ve got to say, for the first time since the ECU game, I don’t feel alone in thinking that this team can still have a successful season.

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10 Things That Will Go Down Tomorrow: East Carolina

Aaaaaargh.

Tougher than the Pittsburgh Pirates.

We were about 40% accurate in last weeks “10 Things” column, so you know what that means…. you should believe everything I say. This week we go on the road to Greenville, NC to the least cream-puff of the cream-puff portion of our schedule. After smacking the Hokies last week, much to the delight of Mountaineers everywhere, ECU has been a really chic subject for the ESPN talk-arazzi. The point that they tried to make was, if the Pirates can upset us, then they’ve made a successful run through their non-conference slate and could be this years Boise St. or Hawaii. Sorry Mark May, that’s a bit of the reach. Here’s 10 things I think will go down tomorrow:

  1. Dirty uniforms. Thank Hanna for all the mud.
  2. The run game gets churning. Though we used to be able to bank on 300yds/game, I’ll be happy if we crack 200.
  3. Pat White’s aerial assault continues…
  4. …and the legend of Alric Arnett begins to grow. He hauls in two more.
  5. Lou Holtz tries to slather some compliments on his kid, and comes off sounding like a sad old man in the nursing home.
  6. Jock Sanders makes a splash on special teams.
  7. The D continues to give up more yards than makes me comfortable, but continues to bend but not break.
  8. Morty Ivy takes somebodies helmet off.
  9. Mountaineer faithful dominate the stands.
  10. East Carolina is reminded that you can’t win wearing purple.

We’ll be back Sunday night to see how we did. At the end of the day, I think Mountie fans will feel silly for having built ECU up in their heads all week:

WVU:35 ECU: 10

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Villanova Recap

Look ma! Downfield!

So the season is finally here, and I have got to say it couldn’t have opened in sweeter fashion. We made mincemeat of Villanova, as anticipated, but the out of town scoreboard gave us an equal number of things to cheer for. Having Pitt, Virginia Tech and Michigan all loose is the perfect compliment to a Mountaineer victory. But on to the game itself…

Pat White put on a show to ring in his senior season. At this point, it’s hard to be surprised by the things #5 can do, but this one took the cake. Lack of downfield passing has been our achilles heal the last couple of seasons and it’s nice to know that has been remedied. I think Alric Arnett could be a fitting replacement for Reynaud in the wide receiving corps and Jock Sanders played a great game as our ‘running receiver’. The most amazing thing is I’m left saying something I haven’t ever said as a Mountaineer fan: I would have liked to see us run the ball more. I don’t think we ran it poorly, like some have said, but that we just didn’t run enough, instead focusing on the passing game. Despite paltry numbers, I think Devine ran the ball well and should continue to have opportunities to break it open at any minute.

Obviously on the defensive side of the ball there are a lot of questions left to be answered. Looks like our guys love to hit but hate to cover. Hopefully as the season progresses that will be addressed. Morty Ivy came to play, and looks to be the guy for the rest of the unit to rally around. It was nice seeing McAffee boot a 52 yarder as well. For all the flak the kid caught for his performance against Pitt, I still think the kicking game is going to be one of our strengths this season.

East Carolina, fresh off stealing one from the Hokies, well be the the chic team for the talking heads to prattle on about all week with the “what ifs”, as in “what if they can beat West Virginia?” I’ve got good news though, they won’t.

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