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WVU Takes Down Baylor

MORGANTOWN — No. 13 West Virginia was determined to make up for being embarrassed in its last game on the road. Will Grier threw three touchdown passes and the Mountaineers used a big second quarter to cruise to a 58-14 victory over Baylor on Thursday night. The Mountaineers (6-1, 4-1 Big ...

Mountaineers Defense Forces Four Turnovers

MORGANTOWN — Ever since the loss to Utah to cap last year’s 7-6 season, fans of the Mountaineers wondered what they would look like if it could ever play well in all three phases of a game. However, not even Jim Croce could have said it better if he sang, “You don’t tug on ...

Back to Basics for WVU During the Bye Week

MORGANTOWN — Coming off his unit’s worst performance in 2018, offensive coordinator Jake Spavital and his assistants returned to the basics during No. 13 West Virginia’s bye week. “A lot of it is about just getting back to the basics and the fundamentals and technique,” Spavital ...

Thursday Games No Problem for Holgorsen

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen didn’t hide his feelings about games in the middle of the week. “I like Thursday night games, this will be fun,” he said. “There have been a lot of them around here, clearly, we understand that. A lot of eyes will be on us to see how ...

Baylor Looks for Payback From Last Season’s Close Loss

WACO, Texas — For three quarters it looked as if West Virginia would make quick work of Matt Rhule’s Baylor Bears. Then came the final 15 minutes. “Yeah, it’s hard to explain,” Rhule said. “For three quarters they (WVU) looked like they could beat anybody in the Big 12 and then ...

WVU Seeks Positives From Loss

MORGANTOWN — The vast number of fans may not want to admit it, but there were some positives that came out of West Virginia’s 30-14 loss at Iowa State. “I was happy with Shea (Campbell). He went in, he switched positions,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said. “He’d been playing Sam, and ...

No. 13 West Virginia Gets Week Off to Fix Gaffes

A bye week for No. 13 West Virginia coincides with saying so long to some lofty goals. An undefeated season. A shot, for now, of reaching the College Football Playoff. And likely the Heisman Trophy aspirations of quarterback Will Grier. The Mountaineers were thoroughly outplayed in a 30-14 ...

Poor Offensive Showing, Tackling Lead to First Loss for WVU

AMES, Iowa — West Virginia assistant coach/now-coordinator Tony Gibson has long been known for being a man of few words. And, Saturday night was no different following No. 6 WVU’s 30-14 loss to an unranked Iowa State team at Jack Trice Stadium. “We took a butt whipping,” Gibson said ...

Iowa State Throttles No. 6 West Virginia

AMES, Iowa — 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 254 yards and three TDs and Iowa ...

WVU Can’t Slow ISU’s Run Game

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State junior running back David Montgomery has enjoyed 100-yard rushing games against West Virginia. The two things that had escaped the Cyclones’ leading rusher was scoring a touchdown against the Mountaineers and enjoy a victory. Both changed Saturday night at Jack ...

Establishing the Run ‘Critical’ For West Virginia’s Success

MORGANTOWN — It has become more and more evident as the season has unwound that No. 6 West Virginia’s chances for maintaining its unbeaten record (5-0, 3-0 Big 12) and challenging for a first Big 12 Conference title and a spot in the College Football Playoff rest on its ability to build and ...

Protecting Grier Utmost Importance to Holgorsen

MORGANTOWN — After last year’s devastating hand injury while attempting to score against the University of Texas, quarterback Will Grier has been hesitant to run with football. Mountaineers coaches and fans understand why as the team failed to win another game during the 2017 season, ...

Quarterback Questions Face ISU, Campbell

AMES, IOWA — Another weekend and another quarterback query for No. 6 West Virginia (5-0, 3-0 Big 12) as it travels to Ames, Iowa, to take on the Cyclones from Iowa State (2-3, 1-2). “We will be continuously watching for the next 12 hours,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said of ISU’s ...

Offensive Line Play Is Key for No. 6 Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN — The life of an offensive lineman isn’t easy no matter what school you call home. But, when you are playing for the No 6 ranked team in the country and charged with protecting that school’s Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback, that life is magnified. “You just have to ...

Holgorsen Gets 58th Win at WVU

MORGANTOWN — Lost in all the hoopla of West Virginia’s (5-0, 3-0 Big 12) 38-22 victory over Kansas University – which included junior defensive end Reese Donahue’s wedding proposal – was that eighth-year coach tied Art ‘Pappy’ Lewis (1950-59) for third-most wins in program history ...

Mountaineers Defeat Jayhawks

MORGANTOWN — 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 Saturday. West Virginia (5-0, ...

Defense Paves Way for WVU

MORGANTOWN — It’s been a long week for West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson and the No. 9 Mountaineers (5-0, 3-0 Big 12). Not only were they facing a Kansas offense which returned junior running back Khalil Herbert, who torched the Mountaineers for 291 yards in WVU’s 56-34 ...

Upset Minded Kansas Visits WVU

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson has a lot of memories about last year’s 56-34 victory over Kansas University. Many of them are not good. “A lot of the stuff was self-inflicted,” Gibson explained as No. 9 WVU prepares to host the Jayhawks today on ...

Holgorsen Tired Of Hearing About Tech

MORGANTOWN — Dana Holgorsen is tired of hearing about last week’s second half collapse in No. 9 West Virginia’s 42-34 victory over Texas Tech. “It has been addressed, it’s already been addressed,” Holgorsen said during Tuesday’s press conference. “I’m not going to keep ...

Kansas Comes Eyeing Upset in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen had a very simple message for his No. 9 Mountaineers (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) as they prepare to play host to Kansas (2-3, 0-2). “I’ve got to do a better job of making sure they understand that it’s a four-quarter game, and ...