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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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Colorado Recap

Thud.

Thud.

Alright Mountaineer nation. The sky is not falling. At least not officially. Yet.

I was in Boulder once. I’d had this preconceived notion that Colorado was a hippie wonderland where weed fell from the skies. I was proven right. That said, our coaching staff seemed stoned last night.

I thought McAffee should have been given the chance to kick a 65-yarder at the end of regulation. This is a guy who said in yesterday’s paper that he could kick a 75-yarder in the thin air at that elevation. I believed him, besides what could it hurt?  But then Coach Stew opted for the Hail Mary instead. Remember, it’s called a “Hail Mary” because it doesn’t have a prayer to work. Stew also mismanaged the clock so badly that Pat should have had a shot at a much shorter field goal to win it.  By the time he bounced it off the upright I don’t think his head was in the right place after being jerked around by the coaching staff.

Fundamentally, the offensive play calling was atrocious. It did reek of Don Nehlen, as some have mentioned. One or two play action passes were all we would have needed to break open the game, and give White and Devine some room to run. I loved the flea flicker wide receiver pass, though it looked like a wounded duck fluttering about out there. It’s intended target didn’t have a defender within twenty yards of him. Further proof that faking a run would have opened everything else up.

All in all, we looked better than we did against ECU and this isn’t an embarrassing loss. Losing to Marshall next week would fall into that category, but my waning faith hasn’t slipped so much to make me think that will happen. The defense came to play, and that’s one glimmer of hope for the next 9 games of this season. We just need to take care of business in conference play. I still beleive Pat White can get it done, I just hope Stew and Mullen let him.

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10 Things That Will Go Down Tomorrow: Colorado

I wish all there players looked like this....

I wish all their players looked like this....

Welcome to the return of “10 Things….”. I’ve had a lot of time to think about my mistakes, and I’ve decided that these posts will continue to contain the rampant homer-ism that they featured prior to the ECU debacle. With that in mind, and the agonizing lay-off over, consider the following points.

  1. We will run the ball. Over. And Over. And Over. And, you get it….
  2. We will NOT play like the “little fellas” coach Stew suggests. We will play like big fellas, huge fellas and tough fellas.
  3. Jarrett Brown will see some snaps in the backfield where we desperately need his size and strength.
  4. Reed Williams finally takes the field.
  5. We distract the Colorado defense with the two things they have no power over: Yonder Mountain String Band CDs and high-grade marijuana.
  6. Noel Devine finally finds the end zone.
  7. John Denver and his affinity for both states is mentioned repeatedly. “Country Roads” and “Rocky Mountain High” are played. Thankfully “Sunshine on My Shoulders” is not.
  8. The defense holds Colorado to under 400 yards passing. Barely.
  9. McAffee goes looking for their chick kicker, but can’t find her. Weeps openly.
  10. The traveling contingent of Mountie fans show the Buffs what partying is really about.

WVU: 31 Colorado: 27

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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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