Strong 2nd Half Lifts Oklahoma – WVU Athletics

Freshman running back Samaje Perine ran for 242 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead fourth-ranked Oklahoma to a 45-33 victory over West Virginia Saturday night at Milan Puskar Stadium.

West Virginia (2-2, 0-1) battled Oklahoma toe-to-toe in the first half before the Sooners’ big offensive line and powerful running game wore down the Mountaineers in the second half.

OU finished the game with 301 yards on the ground – 180 of those coming in the second half.

"They came out and beat us on all three sides of the ball," said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. "We got out-played; got out-coached. My congratulations to Oklahoma. They're a good football team."

via Strong 2nd Half Lifts Oklahoma – WVU Athletics.

The Charleston Gazette | Oklahoma runs past WVU 45-33

West Virginia proved again Saturday night that its offense can play with just about anyone in the country.

The defense and the special teams? Well, they just aren’t quite there yet.

Three weeks after doing essentially the same with No. 2 Alabama, West Virginia played No. 4 Oklahoma on even terms for much of the game before the Sooners escaped with a 45-33 win.

The game was played in front of a crowd of 61,908, the largest at Mountaineer Field since 62,056 saw WVU play LSU in 2011.

The Mountaineers led Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) most of the first half, finally settling for a 24-all tie at the break. The Sooners took control somewhat in the third quarter, jumping ahead 38-27, before putting it away in the fourth.

West Virginia once again moved the ball well. Clint Trickett completed 25 of 41 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns. Kevin White caught 10 passes for 173 yards and Mario Alford seven for 101. The Mountaineers had 513 yards of total offense.

But they also gave up 510. And just as Alabama and Maryland had done, much of the damage was on the ground.

via The Charleston Gazette | Oklahoma runs past WVU 45-33.

The Charleston Gazette | Mitch Vingle: Holes hurt Mountaineers

If you looked around Milan Puskar Stadium on a picture-perfect evening for college football, you wouldn’t have found many holes in the crowd.

An impressive 61,908 packed the joint for a WVU Big 12 showdown with No. 4 Oklahoma.

Unfortunately for the hosts, where you did find holes was in the Mountaineer defense.

We now know West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has his offense back on track. There’s no doubt about it. The Mountaineers have moved the ball against No. 3 Alabama, scoring more points than what Florida did Saturday. The unit put up a combined 94 points against Towson and Maryland. Then it fared well against a staunch Sooner defense, finishing with 33 points.

Mountaineer quarterback Clint Trickett is the real deal. And Kevin White has turned into one of the best players in America. Note I didn’t say one of the best on his team or in the Big 12.

via The Charleston Gazette | Mitch Vingle: Holes hurt Mountaineers.

The Charleston Gazette | Trickett better prepared this time for Sooners

It was roughly a year ago that West Virginia was preparing to host a Top 25 team from the state of Oklahoma at Mountaineer Field with Clint Trickett as the starting quarterback.

That afternoon turned out all right for WVU. Trickett, making his first start — and really his first legitimate playing time — passed for over 300 yards and the Mountaineers beat No. 11 Oklahoma State 30-21.

Even in a season filled with shocking events and just four wins, that was one of the most confounding results. Not only was it Oklahoma State’s only loss in its first 11 games, it was brokered by a West Virginia team that would promptly go on to lose six times in the seven games that followed.

But even more unlikely was this: It was a victory engineered by a quarterback who, quite frankly, had barely a clue about what he was doing.

“Let’s just say I wasn’t as prepared as I would like to have been,’’ Trickett said, referring not just to last year’s OSU game but the season as a whole.

So as West Virginia (2-1) prepares to host No. 4 Oklahoma (3-0) tonight at Mountaineer Field (7:30 p.m. kickoff on Fox), it seems the perfect time to compare and contrast the starting quarterbacks from those two games. Yes, it is Trickett in both instances, but he is hardly the same player.

via The Charleston Gazette | Trickett better prepared this time for Sooners.

The Charleston Gazette | Another big test for Mountaineer defense

There can be little question that over the course of the past two full seasons, during which West Virginia went 11-14, the biggest problem was the team’s defense.

In 2012 it ranked 108th in the country in yards allowed and 114th in points permitted. A year later the numbers were 101st in yards and 99th in points.

This year the Mountaineers are 55th in the country in both those categories. That’s certainly not impressive, but it’s a huge improvement.

But there’s also an argument to be made that the offense WVU will face tonight is the best it has seen to date. Statistically, No. 4 Oklahoma hasn’t been as good through three games as Alabama, but the Sooners do more on offense than the Tide and thus might be more difficult to defend.

So how has West Virginia’s defense been playing in the eyes of the coaches? Well, there are still some issues, particularly with big plays.

via The Charleston Gazette | Another big test for Mountaineer defense.

Football Friday, presented by WV Lottery – WVU Athletics

Tony Caridi and Dwight Wallace break down Saturday night's West Virginia-Oklahoma game at Milan Puskar Stadium. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on FOX. The Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG's coverage will begin at 4 p.m. with the Mountaineer Tailgate Show.

via Football Friday, presented by WV Lottery – WVU Athletics.

No. 13 Women’s Soccer Cruises to Win – WVU Athletics

The No. 13 West Virginia University women’s soccer team made easy work of a visiting La Salle squad this evening, as the Mountaineers defeated the Explorers 4-1 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

WVU’s four-goal output was its second in as many games, and its third in three weeks. All four of the team’s scores came in the first half, matching its first half, four-goal effort in a 4-0 win over Hofstra on Sept. 5.

“We’ve been creating so many chances this year, so to come out on a Friday night and finish was huge for our confidence going into Sunday’s match,” said Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “Scoring is such a mental piece as we move forward, but we’re going to take this season one game at a time. Now, our focus turns to Villanova Sunday, and they’re going to be a tough opponent.”

via No. 13 Women's Soccer Cruises to Win – WVU Athletics.

Nick Kwiatkoski the Unsung Hero in Improved Mountaineer Defense

Aside from playing along the line of scrimmage, linebacker may be the most violent position in football.

Whether it's blitzing, stuffing the run, or dropping back into pass coverage, the linebackers are essentially asked to do it all on the field.

That seems to be right up the alley of one Nick Kwiatkoski.

“Tackling was always one of my favorite parts of the game, even playing free safety in high school,” he said. “But when I came here, I played the spur [linebacker] position during my first year here. Then during my second year, I moved to the sam position. It was kind of an experimental thing and I put on some weight, and I just kind of went from there. I liked playing inside and I just kept gaining weight after that and kept practicing with the linebackers.”

via Nick Kwiatkoski the Unsung Hero in Improved Mountaineer Defense – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WV MetroNews – Attorneys: Worley defended girlfriend in altercation

Defense attorneys for Daryl Worley claim the suspended West Virginia cornerback was defending his girlfriend when he grabbed another woman by the neck in a nightclub altercation last weekend.

Dave Jecklin and James Gianola, the Morgantown attorneys who are representing the player against a misdemeanor battery charge, released a statement Friday afternoon:

via WV MetroNews – Attorneys: Worley defended girlfriend in altercation.

Raucous sold-out crowd awaits No. 4 Sooners in Morgantown

In 2012, Oklahoma and West Virginia played a wild game in Morgantown, W.Va. that produced nearly 100 points and more than 1,400 yards. Tavon Austin ran for 344 yards and Stedman Bailey caught four touchdown passes for the Mountaineers, but the Sooners won 50-49.

Things were more sedate last season, a 16-7 Oklahoma win in Norman, Okla. WVU especially was ineffectual on offense, getting a 75-yard touchdown run from Dreamius Smith in the first quarter and little else.

Which type of game will it be when No. 4 Oklahoma (3-0) and WVU (2-1) meet again Saturday under the lights at Milan Puskar Stadium?

It will be a loud, madcap, nationally televised scene for sure. The game is sold out, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

via Raucous sold-out crowd awaits No. 4 Sooners in Morgantown | TribLIVE.

No. 4 Oklahoma poses major threat to West Virginia

West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett could hardly have imagined a better start to his senior season, considering the non-conference slate featured No. 2 Alabama, Division I-AA runner-up Towson and a grudge match against Maryland.

Trickett threw for 511 yards and four touchdowns last Saturday as the Mountaineers (2-1) toppled the Terrapins, 40-37, on a last-second field goal and was named Walter Camp player of the week and Davey O’Brien quarterback of the week.

But things won’t get easier. West Virginia opens the Big 12 season tonight against No. 4 Oklahoma (3-0) at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Sooners hope to thwart West Virginia’s rapid revival.

via No. 4 Oklahoma poses major threat to West Virginia – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: Outside receivers help boost Mountaineer offense

West Virginia’s football team had a dynamic offense two years ago powered by a pair of receivers who eventually made it to the NFL. The Mountaineers are back at it this season, again with a pair of receivers who pace the offense and could get a chance to do the same on Sundays.

Amid this pass-catching renaissance at WVU, it’s convenient to compare the Stedman Bailey-Tavon Austin duo to the Mario Alford-Kevin White pairing. It’s more useful to spotlight the differences, because what separates them is what distinguishes this offense from that offense.

“I think overall we’re probably a better offensive unit than we were then,” WVU offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson said.

Bailey and Austin — with sizable contributions from Geno Smith — made the 2012 offense the best the school has seen. White and Alford do more for this offense because of what they do to the defense. Bailey was an outside receiver and Austin was an inside receiver. White and Alford are both outside receivers.

The difference matters.

via Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: Outside receivers help boost Mountaineer offense.

Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: WVU suspended Worley without seeing video

West Virginia made the decision to suspend Daryl Worley Monday night without seeing the surveillance video that police say shows him battering a woman, university officials told the Charleston Daily Mail Thursday.

Worley, a sophomore cornerback from Philadelphia, is accused of grabbing a woman around the neck and pushing her to the ground. He turned himself in Wednesday and was arraigned at Morgantown Magistrate Court. He faces a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.

WVU attempted to view the video upon learning of the accusation, but still had not seen it before a warrant was issued for Worley’s arrest Wednesday. A Morgantown Police Department spokesperson told the Daily Mail Thursday the video off limits to those not involved because is considered evidence as part of an open case.

Worley, 19, was suspended indefinitely Monday. The Mountaineers (2-1) play host to No. 4 Oklahoma (3-0) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

via Charleston Daily Mail | WVU FOOTBALL: WVU suspended Worley without seeing video.

The Charleston Gazette | WVU deep threats a worry for Oklahoma

The offense that Oklahoma will face Saturday night at Mountaineer Field is a lot different than the one the Sooners faced when they played West Virginia a year ago and limited WVU to just seven points

It’s even a lot different than the one the Sooners ran up against two years ago when they wound up surrendering 778 yards and 49 points.

Mike Stoops understands that as well as anyone. He’s been watching Dana Holgorsen’s offenses at work for a decade now and knows that it’s not wise to assume that just because things looked a certain way one year that they’ll look the same the next.

“There is a lot of offense there,’’ the Oklahoma defensive coordinator said. “They execute very well and Dana has always been an innovator on offense. Now that he has a quarterback that can execute the things he needs to be executed, they are very diverse, very multiple and can attack you in a lot of different ways.”

via The Charleston Gazette | WVU deep threats a worry for Oklahoma.

The Charleston Gazette | Mitch Vingle: Worley, MU tickets and a Cannon

Ray Rice punched his now-wife and dragged her from a casino elevator. Adrian Peterson allegedly severely whipped his young son with a switch. Greg Hardy allegedly choked his then-girlfriend, threw her around, dragged her by her hair and threatened to kill her. Jonathan Dwyer has been charged with assault of his wife and child.

And now, unfortunately, WVU is getting a taste of the ugliness.

Cornerback Daryl Worley has been suspended from the football team after being arraigned on a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly grabbing a woman around the neck and throwing her down at a Morgantown bar Saturday night.

The Morgantown Police Department press release was very specific and graphic. Now, behind the scenes, some are saying Worley’s girlfriend might have been provoked by the alleged victim. An account is Worley was trying to break up a fight.

via The Charleston Gazette | Mitch Vingle: Worley, MU tickets and a Cannon.

Something Wicked – WVU Athletics

It was equal parts track meet and grudge match.

It was a game that offered up more trippy twists than a Quentin Tarantino flick, but when the mist finally lifted over Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium last Saturday, West Virginia had outlasted Maryland 40-37 and along the way had defied half a century of history. The win, which came 12 months after WVU’s 37-0 meltdown against the Terrapins in Baltimore, marked the first time since 1961 that the Mountaineers had lost to a team by so large a margin then rebounded to beat that same team a season later.

But history didn’t go down without a fight. It hurled in WVU’s path three turnovers, three failed red-zone opportunities, a pair of 70-plus yard touchdowns by the Terps, a blocked field goal attempt and a 69-yard punt return for a score that capped a 22-point Maryland comeback.

via Something Wicked – WVU Athletics.

Suspended WVU Cornerback Charged with Battery

The Morgantown Police Department has arrested suspended West Virginia University cornerback Daryl Worley.

Worley, 19, of Philadelphia, is accused of grabbing a woman by her neck with both hands and pushing her to the ground.  Worley was physically removed from the woman by other people who were present, said Morgantown Police.

When officers arrived to Wall Street at approximately 1:14 a.m. Sunday, they encountered a woman who was extremely upset and crying.  The woman told police she had been assaulted while inside Lux Bar.  Other people at the scene were interviewed by police and identified other possible witnesses, said police. 

via Suspended WVU Cornerback Charged with Battery, Surrenders to Mor – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WV MetroNews – Despite practice emphasis, defense has been slow to create turnovers

Contrary to conventional football wisdom, the winner in each of West Virginia’s first three games has been minus in the turnover margin.

And the fact West Virginia stands 2-1 despite creating only two takeaways (both on interceptions by suspended cornerback Daryl Worley) is surprising to the defensive coaches, who don’t think the trend can continue.

“We do a turnover period everyday and we emphasize it,” said defensive line coach Tom Bradley. “With turnovers, it’s been my experience that sometimes they come in bunches and other times nothing. You work on stripping the football and knocking down passes but the ball doesn’t quite bounce your way.”

via WV MetroNews – Despite practice emphasis, defense has been slow to create turnovers.

WV MetroNews – Thompson remains ‘best option’ at punt returner despite fumble vs. Terps

A muffed punt against Maryland won’t cost Jordan Thompson his job as West Virginia’s returner.

The junior, who was too nicked up to see reps at receiver, fumbled a fourth-quarter punt that led to a turnover at the WVU 8-yard line.

“He made a mistake, but with that said, he’s the best option we’ve got,” coach Dana Holgorsen said Thursday night on his radio show.

“The dude’s really reliable back there as far as fielding punts. I’ve got a bunch of confidence in him and he’s 100 percent (healthy) right now. ”

via WV MetroNews – Thompson remains ‘best option’ at punt returner despite fumble vs. Terps.

WV MetroNews – NAPA Auto Parts Gold & Blue Now: Friday, Sept. 19

In this edition of the NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now, Fox Sports’ David Ubben predicts whether the Mountaineers have what it takes to upset #4 Sooners tomorrow in Morgantown.

Also, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops mentions the impact Clint Trickett has had on WVU’s offense so far.

via WV MetroNews – NAPA Auto Parts Gold & Blue Now: Friday, Sept. 19.