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10 Things That Will Go Down Tomorrow: Auburn

Bo don't know bubble screens.

Bo don't know bubble screens.

So, it’s been awhile. My apologies. I understand that an entire week without a post, in blog years, is like a decade. It will never happen again. Scout’s honor. The long lay-off following the lackluster homecoming game made for some surly folks up here in Morgantown. There’s been plenty of back and forth about the booing. The Mountaineer Maniacs are even trying to do something about it, for some unknown reason. Obviously the key to not getting booed has less to do with reporting the culprits and more to do with not looking like a middle school team on the field. I digress, however, and it’s time for another rose-tinted look at what will go down under the lights tomorrow night at Mountaineer Field:

  1. The return of Pat White. “Return” meaning not just onto the field, but back to his rightful spot in Mountaineer lore. I doubt it will be for statistical feats, since the offense just isn’t clicking right now. I’m envisioning a clutch play, probably the game-winner.
  2. More second level blocking by the O-Line. They don’t have to spring another 92-yarder, but I’m looking to see them pick off a couple of linebackers for decent runs.
  3. JB back in his wildcard role. This time, he throws one to #5.
  4. Lou Holtz lisps for three whole hours on the telecast. Mentions Hitler twice and DickRod only once.
  5. Auburns D stifles us for a very sizable portion of the game…
  6. …but a couple of big plays are all we need, and all we get.
  7. I manage to find a way into the stadium after getting the shaft from the University’s Rube Goldberg-esque student ticket distribution system.
  8. Big hits by JT Thomas and the linebacking corps and even a little pass coverage to boot.
  9. Big Mac makes a Big Kick and begins to redeem his reputation with those who don’t know any better.
  10. The season finally turns around.

WVU: 17     Auburn:  16

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This and that.

Looks like he remembered which way to run.

Looks like he remembered which way to run.

So, some random notes from around Mountaineer-dom this week:

  • Despite leaving the game early against both Rutgers and Marshall, #5 expects to play this week’s tilt with the Orange. However, he was held out of practice on Tuesday and reporters were instructed not to ask him about the Rutgers game because he doesn’t remember it. That seemed a little troubling to me.
  • Looks like Anthony Leonard will start this week in the place of newly redshirted Reed Williams.
  • This Friday, The Express, the story of Ernie Davis the first African-American to win the Heisman trophy will open all across the country. As the movie follows the 1959 Orangemen throughout their season guess where Mr. Davis meets the most racial intolerance? You got it. Morgantown, West Virginia. Problem is, the ‘Eers and Orange DIDN’T play in Morgantown that year. Way to go Hollywood. After making West Virginians look pretty damned decent in We Are Marshall you’ve gone back to your redneck stereotypes. Former Mountaineers, Orangemen, and Micky Furfari are not happy about it. Ironically enough Ben Schwartzwalder, the Syracuse head coach who dared to play his African American star, was a West Virginian.
  • Finally, you aren’t the only one with concerns about the Offense. Looks like Tajh Boyd, despite committing to WVU, appears to be looking elsewhere as well. He’s taking official visits to Tennessee, Oregon and Boston College. Gulp. This is the kid who was supposed to run the team after J.B. graduates, if he can’t do it you’re gonna have too.

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Rutgers Recap

Look mom!  A tight end!  AND he's got the football!

Look mom! A tight end! AND he's got the football!

The State University of New Jersey came to Morgantown this weekend and left with a loss, just as we had thought. Now there were some of us, myself included, who thought the final score would be significantly more lopsided. There are also some of us, myself included again, who will take it.

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective. Despite the lack of a lopsided score sheet, the ‘Eers pretty much dominated the day. JB looked good again as the wild card (cue Charlie from It’s Always Sunny in Philiadelphia: “wild card!”) but also ended up finishing the day under center. That’s because, of course, Pat White couldn’t finish the game again this week. Now, I’m hoping this is because the coaching staff is handling #5 with caution so we’ll have him down the stretch. The problem is, it also could be that a regular human being is not meant to take the beating that White has taken during his career in Morgantown. Despite not being a pretty win, and it really wasn’t pretty, I still think the ‘Eers are capable of running the table in conference and moving on to the BCS. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person in Morgantown who thinks that, but I do.

Reed Williams will redshirt which sucks, but isn’t that big of a deal because the defense is easily our most effective unit right now. (I can’t believe I just typed that). We also threw the ball to a Tight End for the first time in 3 seasons when White found Tyler Urban for a first quarter score. For those of you who don’t believe me, there’s photographic evidence at the top of this post.

All told, the most exciting part of Saturday afternoon was in the student section, where anyone wearing red was fair game. I witnessed one Rutgers fan walking up the aisle being mercilessly heckled with chants of “asshole”. This is behavior that I condone. Unfortunately, this Scarlet Knight decided that the best course of action was to throw a punch at the nearest Mountaineer fan. This is not behavior I condone. The entire section responded in kind, beating on this kid before security hauled him out of the upper deck with a bloodied face. I will make this clear for anyone who might have thought differently: the student section at Mountaineer Field is no place for children, the elderly or opposing fans. Seriously.

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10 Things That Will Go Down Tomorrow: Rutgers

If we had to face these guys, THEN I'd be worried.

If we had to face these guys, THEN I'd be worried.

It’s the eve of another gameday in Morgantown and, for the first time all season, the Mountaineers enter with some form of momentum.  Let’s face it, despite sending thousands of their own here to go to school, Jersey hasn’t fared well at Mountaineer Field.  In fact, Rutgers has never won here.  They won’t tomorrow, either.  This team has collapsed quicker than a High St. drunk and, without Ray Rice, they just don’t have the legs to stand on.  The following ten things shall occur:

  1. Boat loads of Noel Devine.  After last week’s coming out party, it’s time for #7 show he can be consistent week in and week out.
  2. Pat White airs it out a little more against an awful Rutgers secondary.
  3. The D comes up big and forces Mike Teel to throw into some awful situations, which turn into really good situations for WVU.
  4. Reed Williams stays on the sidelines, and the will-he-or-won’t-he redshirt soap opera continues.
  5. More interesting looks for Jarrett Brown.  This time JB hauls in a pass, albeit not a long one.
  6. Mark Rodgers gets a few more touches, this time as a back-up instead of only in garbage time.
  7. Schiano throws a headset.
  8. Assholes from New Jersey permeate the student section. Wait a second….
  9. Morty Ivy and Mike Teel get really, really close.
  10. I get up before noon, for a change.

WVU: 35  Rutgers: 9

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Marshall Recap

Slices and dices.

Slices and dices.

If you felt more wind than usual last night in Morgantown, that was the collective sigh of relief breathed all across the city. Some folks, but not this blog, convinced themselves it was possible to actually lose this one. Nope. Sorry. We won and won big. Now, Pat White went down, which is never good, but post-game Stew described him as “fine”. Jarrett Brown played well in relief and, with the exception of his one interception, and looked like we could count on him to come through when we need him.

The real story on offense was Devine, who finally looked like the runner we knew he could be. His dash at the end of the second quarter where he reversed field, was pursued all the way to the far sideline, and then just broke the defender’s ankles with a stop and spin move to gain ten more yards was a thing of beauty. I was pretty sure that only happened in video games. Stew didn’t even mismanage the clock at the end of the first half, he left that up to White, so I guess that’s something.

The real story was the defense, which looked suffocating. They were in the backfield all day and forced three big turnovers which was a nice surprise. It’s nice to see them flying around making things happen out there as opposed to just trying to hold the line. Having our full contingent of linebackers back was a big step forward too, as it’s our most experience unit on the D.

All in all, we’re back to where we were after the ‘Nova game. We have to ask ourselves how good we were, and how bad was our opponent? Despite the probable answer to both of those, I see the season slowly righting itself. Take care of business against Rutgers and Syracuse at home over the next two weeks, and we could be right where we want to be when Auburn comes to town. Primed to prove ourselves and make that next step. I can’t wait.

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10 Things That Will Go Down Tomorrow: Marshall

I wasn't worried about this guy, either.

I wasn't worried about this guy, either.

So, here we sit, on the eve of the second home game for the ’08 crop of Mountaineers. When I think back to what I thought before the season opener, and compare it to what I think now, I shudder. That said, I still feel like I’m one of the most optimistic Mountaineer fans out there, as I’ve heard everyone I know lambaste McAffee, Stewart and the Defense ad nauseum. Honestly, I still believe in all three and think that, with the help of good ‘ole #5, the ‘Eers are still going to turn in a successful season. Seriously. Win the Big East. It can be done. The rampant homerism will continue, and I’m optimistic about what’s going to happen against Marshall High School University tomorrow. Ten things that I think we’ll see at Mountaineer Field tomorrow:

  1. A little more downfield passing. But only barely.
  2. Pat White looking more and more like the Pat White we know.
  3. Marshall fans in the parking lot mistakenly saying “us” when referring to WVU. Because they, like, you know, root for us the rest of the year.
  4. John Sanders somehow working “Bending, bending….good” into the telecast.
  5. Jarret Brown inserted in the backfield, but not at quarterback…
  6. …and he makes a big play the first time he’s in the game…
  7. …and he gets hurt on the second play, reminding us what it means to be Mountaineer fans.
  8. Reed Williams makes big plays, and gets bigger cheers from the hometown faithful.
  9. Jock Sanders breaks one on a kick return.
  10. Post game, Stewart and Snyder compliment each other’s team enough to make you not believe a word of it.

WVU: 31 Marshall: 13

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