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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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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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