WVU football: Game against Maryland will be televised
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that the Sept. 21 game between Maryland and West Virginia at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
The Mountaineers (1-1, 1-0 Big 12) have won seven in a row in the series after the Terrapins (2-0) won four straight.
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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will begin a five-part series today that spotlights the ascent of the Oklahoma State football program today. The investigative series is titled "The Dirty Game," though, and today's first part is expected to accuse WVU associate head coach/special teams coordinator Joe DeForest, who was a Cowboys assistant from 2001-11, of paying players for making particular plays. See story, page 1B.
The magazine issued a press release Monday about the series and said of the first part that, "SI finds that OSU used a bonus system orchestrated by an assistant coach whereby players were paid for their performance on the field, with some stars collecting $500 or more per game."
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WVU PLAYS host to Georgia State (0-2) at noon Saturday. Coach Dana Holgorsen, who nearly pulled quarterback Paul Millard from last week's loss at Oklahoma, said Millard, Florida State transfer Clint Trickett and redshirt freshman Ford Childress will get reps in practice this week.
That's not the only device being applied to an offense with 31 points in the first eight quarters of the season.
"We'll shake that up a good bit," he said. "I felt good about it a week ago heading into a hostile environment where the communication is awfully hard - and it was and give OU credit for that - but we will definitely shake things up on the offensive side of the ball when it pertains to our passing game. I'm not happy with where we're at when it comes to that. We need to be way more efficient than we have been, so the reps will change and I would anticipate some starting lineup changes with the receivers, as well."
A depth chart released Monday night had Ronald Carswell and Kevin White starting at wide receiver over senior Ivan McCartney and sophomore K.J. Myers, respectively, and junior college transfer Mario Alford starting at inside receiver over freshman Daikiel Shorts.
Pat Eger, a backup who played both guard spots and center Saturday, is listed as the starting center ahead of redshirt freshman Tyler Orlosky. Sophomore Kyle Rose is listed as the starting defensive end ahead of junior college transfer Dontrill Hyman. Sophomore Eric Kinsey had been the starting defensive end, but is now a backup behind junior college transfer Brandon Golson at Buck linebacker.
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MILLARD OR TRICKETT could get their third career start against Georgia State and, though it's unlikely, Holgorsen allowed for the possibility Childress could start for the first time or at least make his collegiate debut at some point in the game.
Whatever the outcome, it's not as significant to the process as this: Holgorsen is willing to let this play out and extend the competition for as long as it takes until he sees someone convince the coach the search is over.
"I would rather not," Holgorsen said. "Like I said two weeks ago - I would rather not have done it. But if the current situation exists, we'll continue to practice until somebody takes the lead, leads the team to a victory and looks good doing it. Until then, we'll continue to rep all three."
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HOLGORSEN SAID the collision late in the OU game between safety Karl Joseph and linebacker Doug Rigg left Rigg with a concussion. Rigg is questionable for Saturday's game.
"Doug's doing fine, thankfully," Holgorsen said. "Luckily, he's responding. Everything is cleared. His neck has been cleared. He's a little foggy still and he has a very, very minor concussion, but it was obviously a scary situation. The running back kind of saw Karl coming and ducked and Doug was right behind him and he's the one Karl hit."
Linebacker Isaiah Bruce and safety K.J. Dillon, who were both knocked out of the game with undisclosed injuries, and nose guard Shaq Rowell, who left the game and returned, are day-to-day and expected to play against Georgia State.
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DREAMIUS SMITH'S second carry of the game was a 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and gave WVU a 7-0 lead. His third and final carry was the first play of the third drive of the third quarter - eight possessions later. He finished with 77 yards in the game.
"We just kept rotating guys," Holgorsen said. "We feel like we've got four backs that can run the ball. We didn't just specifically say, 'We want to get the ball to him.' All four do a good job and all four can run the ball well. Fresh bodies is the most important thing for me."
WVU didn't exactly make the most of the bodies or their freshness. Despite an ineffective performance by Millard that drew critiques from Holgorsen and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson afterward, the Mountaineers threw 19 passes and ran the ball just five times in the third quarter. Two of the five were the final two plays of the quarter.
Charles Sims, who had 23 carries for 120 yards against William & Mary, averaged 5.2 yards against the Sooners, but saw just 11 carries.
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MILLARD COMPLETED 8 of 19 passes in the quarter and threw a costly interception. Three of his completions were to Kevin White, who had 37 yards receiving in the quarter and ended with seven catches for 80 yards in his first game - and that was a welcome boost because inside receiver Daikiel Shorts had no receptions after the freshman finished with seven for 63 yards against William & Mary.
"It would be nice if he held onto the football," Dawson said, referencing White's 19-yard gain on a third-and-20 play in the third quarter when White lost a fumble at OU's 16-yard line. "He did make some plays. He did show up out there. But even the guys who were making plays, there were opportunities to do even more on those plays."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at email@example.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.