West Virginia Sports

Big 12, Big East forge alliance to help with scheduling

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State coach Bruce Weber not long ago bemoaned the fact that nobody wants to play the Wildcats, especially considering they return everyone from a team that reached the Elite Eight. Well, the Big 12 is helping him out. The ...

Fresh QBs for Texas Tech, Iowa State with Big 12 win streaks

By The Associated Press Some things to know about Week 9 in the Big 12 Conference, the start of five consecutive weeks through the end of the regular season when every team plays every week: GAME OF THE WEEK Texas Tech (5-2, 3-1) at Iowa State (3-3, 2-2). The Red Raiders and Cyclones have ...

Bengals’ Burfict fined $112,000 for 2 hits against Steelers

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has been fined Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict $112,000 for multiple unnecessary roughness penalties in Cincinnati's loss to Pittsburgh last Sunday. The third-quarter plays involved Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back James Conner. Burfict, who ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Michigan is B1G’s best; Tide-Tigers IV?

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer There is no more reason to hedge on Jim Harbaugh's team. No. 6 Michigan is the Big Ten's best right now and will enter November as a very real College Football Playoff contender after it smothered No. 24 Michigan State on Saturday and No. 2 Ohio ...

Boeser’s OT winner lifts Canucks by Penguins 3-2

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The arrival of 19-year-old Elias Pettersson has provided Vancouver with a much needed jolt. Yet the Canucks believe they're far more than their fresh-faced rookie. Going toe-to-toe with Pittsburgh near the end of a draining road trip ...

Same ending: Steelers stun Bengals 28-21 on AB’s late TD

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon scored on a 4-yard run and dashed toward the stands in celebration of Cincinnati's go-ahead touchdown. On the Steelers sideline, Ben Roethlisberger looked at the clock, saw there was 1:18 left, and told his linemen not to fret. "They ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Is anybody good? Pretenders flail

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Some Saturdays it just sort of feels as if no one knows anything about college football when all the teams we thought were good don't play that way. It was one of those days when you could be excused for thinking that everybody's terrible — ...

Iowa State throttles No. 6 West Virginia 30-14

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer AMES, Iowa (AP) — It was arguably West Virginia's biggest test, on the road at night against a plucky Iowa State team with a stifling defense and a dangerous young quarterback. The sixth-ranked Mountaineers failed miserably. Freshman Brock Purdy threw for ...

Former Fairmont State coach Joe Retton dies

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Longtime Fairmont State University men's basketball coach Joe Retton, whose name is on the university basketball arena, has died. The university said in a news release Retton died Wednesday. He was head men's coach for the Falcons from 1963 to 1982, with a record of ...

Purdy good: Iowa State’s latest QB gives Cyclones options

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Thanks to Brock Purdy, Iowa State's playbook suddenly has many more options. Purdy's stunning performance in the upset of Oklahoma State in what essentially was the college debut for the true freshman gave the offense a new look and a new sense of confidence. Iowa State is ...

Grier has 4 TDs, 4 turnovers, No. 9 WVU beats Kansas 38-22

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — One messy game didn't diminish West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's confidence in Heisman Trophy hopeful Will Grier. Grier's four turnovers overshadowed a four-touchdown performance in No. 9 West Virginia's 38-22 victory over Kansas on ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Texas tops Big 12; SEC East revival

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Texas has been losing the type of game it won on Saturday for nearly a decade. The Longhorns since 2009 had mastered the excruciatingly painful loss as they tried to find their way back (that word!) to being nationally relevant and a legitimate ...

No. 9 West Virginia hosts Kansas, looks to remain unbeaten

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen knew he had two of the Big 12's top wide receivers entering the 2018 season in David Sills V and Gary Jennings. At the moment, though, it's junior Marcus Simms putting together a breakout year. Simms ...

After 2nd half lull, WVU’s Grier looks to improve vs Kansas

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer Will Grier added to his Heisman Trophy campaign resume with an impressive first half against Texas Tech. The rest of the game was a bust. Grier is looking to have a better start-to-finish at home Saturday when No. 9 West Virginia (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) takes on ...

Big 12 Red River rivalry has Oklahoma and Texas both ranked

By The Associated Press GAME OF THE WEEK No. 18 Texas (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) vs. No. 7 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0). For the first time since 2012, the Longhorns and Sooners are both ranked for their annual matchup at the State Fair of Texas where the crowd splits 50-50 in burnt orange and crimson. ...

AP Top 25: West Virginia Cracks top 10 for first time since 2012

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer After winning top-10 matchups, Ohio State moved up to No. 3 and Notre Dame rose to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll, with West Virginia coming in at 9. For the second straight week, there was major turnover at the bottom of the ...

Green, Brady lift Marshall past Western Kentucky 20-17

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Isaiah Green threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tyre Brady with 1:44 left and gave Marshall a 20-17 win over Western Kentucky in a conference opener Saturday night. Green threw for 288 yards and two scores — both to Brady — for the Thundering Herd (3-1, 1-0 ...

Stephens’ wild pitch in 10th sends Pirates over Reds 6-5

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison put arms around each other as they walked off the field after Pittsburgh's season-ending victory, enjoying perhaps their final moment together on a Pirates team they helped resurrect. Pablo Reyes scored on Jackson ...

Heisman hopeful Grier leads WVU against young Texas Tech QB

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — West Virginia launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for Will Grier over the summer and the senior quarterback for the No. 12 Mountaineers has certainly backed it up. So has Alan Bowman, the true freshman for No. 25 Texas Tech who got ...

Moran plates 3, Pirates get 7th straight win over Reds 8-4

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Pirates decided to give Jung Ho Kang a few at-bats this weekend as a reward for working back from wrist surgery. His first plate appearance in two years was a hit. Kang had a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning as Pittsburgh pulled away ...