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WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers still have work to do on defense

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West Virginia’s defense is better but still has work to do

WVU FOOTBALL: Perine sets rushing mark as No. 4 Sooners win, 45-33

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — There will be questions and complaints after West Virginia’s loss to No. 4 Oklahoma on Saturday night about what another special teams blunder did to conspire against the Mountaineers. A...

WVU FOOTBALL: Attorneys present second version of events in Worley case

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Press release from Morgantown firm says Mountaineer was defending his girlfriend

MOUNTAINEER GAMEDAY: Trickett was taking notes from WVU greats at an early age

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MORGANTOWN — Win or lose Saturday night against what is just the next great challenge in this still-young season, it is impossible to see Clint Trickett play quarterback and not note a major difference. If you nee...

WVU FOOTBALL: Outside receivers help boost Mountaineer offense

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — 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 wit...

WVU FOOTBALL: WVU suspended Worley without seeing video

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MORGANTOWN — 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 M...

WVU FOOTBALL: Worley faces misdemeaner battery charge

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley turned himself in to city police Wednesday to face a misdemeanor battery charge. The sophomore from Philadelphia is accused of putting his hands around a w...

WVU FOOTBALL: Offensive line playing iron man football

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — From now until the first time West Virginia runs more than 108 plays in a game, which the Mountaineers did in Saturday’s win against Maryland, there will be an asterisk by that school re...

WVU FOOTBALL: Worley could play against No. 4 Oklahoma

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley could play Saturday night against No. 4 Oklahoma despite being suspended indefinitely Monday night for violating team rules.

Or the sophomore from Philadel...

WVU FOOTBALL: Oklahoma’s Ndulue excelling at American football

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MORGANTOWN — Chuka Ndulue knows the end of his college football career is coming, and he hates to think about it.

“I feel like when I play my last game, when I walk out, I might cry, like, ‘Oh...

WVU FOOTBALL: Pressure defense pays off for Mountaineers

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Mountaineers stuck to the plan with success against Maryland

WVU FOOTBALL: Holgorsen suspends starting CB Worley

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen announced late Monday starting cornerback Daryl Worley has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. The sophomore is not expected to play Saturda...

WVU FOOTBALL: Sooners preparing for ‘disrespectful’ fans

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia and Oklahoma will play their third nationally televised night game in as many years when the Mountaineers play host to the No. 4-ranked Sooners Saturday.

The 7:30 p.m. kicko...

WVU FOOTBALL: West Virginia shows grit in late win

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Whether the post-game walk was from the field to the locker room, the stands to the parking lot, the press box to the interviews or the sofa to the refrigerator, the observation seemed the same...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers pile up offensive plays, upset Edsall

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s offense made history in Saturday’s victory against Maryland. The Mountaineers made Randy Edsall mad in the process.

WVU snapped the ball a school-record 108 ...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers survive miscues, edge Maryland on last-second field goal

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. ­— The most remarkable occurrence among the many that happened here Saturday was not that West Virginia won against a team that held it without a point and just 175 yards of offense last sea...

WVU FOOTBALL: Holgorsen’s plan changes with confident offense

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — While it’s easy this week to remember the score from last time West Virginia played Maryland in football, it’s just as convenient, and ultimately more useful, to remember the resp...

WVU FOOTBALL: Maryland outcome important; Holgorsen calls Crest ‘dynamic’

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia and Maryland have played 21 times in the past 22 seasons, including 20 regular-season games. The Mountaineers are 13-7 in those games as they prepare for Saturday’s noon game at B...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers seek big plays vs. Terrapins

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — When West Virginia beat Maryland in 2012, Baltimore native Tavon Austin had a lot to do with it. He caught touchdown passes covering 44, 34 and 24 yards.

Those were three of the four pas...

WVU FOOTBALL: Tonkery injury might not hurt Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s only injury scare so far this season doesn’t seem so scary.

Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said at his weekly press conference Tuesday that fifth-year se...

WVU FOOTBALL: Holgorsen wary of Trickett running the ball

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Baylor beat Northwestern State on Saturday without quarterback Bryce Petty, the preseason Big 12 player of the year who hurt his back in the opener against SMU.

Texas lost to BYU on Satu...

WVU FOOTBALL: Growth of White, Thompson important to WVU’s pass success

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A year ago, West Virginia was urging Kevin White to simply catch the passes thrown his way. He finished three games with two catches, two with one and one with none, and he ended his first seas...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers execute on offense, defense in 54-0 rout of Towson

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. ­— There are many ways to illustrate the many edges West Virginia held over Towson Saturday night, and it’s shortsighted to pick just one after the Mountaineers pummeled their Footbal...

MOUNTAINEER GAMEDAY: Many Mountaineers could play vs. Towson

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MORGANTOWN — Two numbers matter for West Virginia on Saturday when it plays host to Towson at Mountaineer Field.

Neither is the Tigers’ ranking in the Football Bowl Subdivision, that being No. 19 in ...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers address blitz issues for Towson game

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Team missed on six attempts against Alabama last week

WVU FOOTBALL: Trickett tries to gain momentum vs. Towson

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — If last week was Clint Trickett’s second chance to make a first impression, Saturday’s game against Towson is his first shot at a second opportunity.

West Virginia’s...

WVU FOOTBALL: Personnel changes evident in first game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Saturday’s loss to No. 2 Alabama came with two players who used to be regulars playing limited roles for West Virginia.

Sophomore receiver Daikiel Shorts, who tied for the team le...

WVU FOOTBALL: Shell makes his mark for Mountaineers

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Pitt transfer was given the ball more than any other Mountaineer against Alabama

WVU FOOTBALL: Trickett is ‘No. 1 difference’ for Mountaineers’ offense

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MORGANTOWN — Clint Trickett set a career high in passing yards — for a second straight game — and looked like the player his coaches and teammates spoke so glowingly about throughout a month of prese...

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers a mixed bag against Alabama

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Some good, some bad for WVU against Alabama

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers miss opportunities, fall to No. 2 Alabama in season opener

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ATLANTA — Up until one momentous, prolonged and ultimately decisive sequence Saturday, West Virginia withstood Alabama and many of the challenges that come with opening the season in a neutral-site game that feels...

WVU FOOTBALL: Offense’s tempo could help Mountaineers succeed against Alabama

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — There is folly involved with suggesting Alabama’s defense has a weakness. This, after all, is the same football program that led the nation in scoring defense and total defense in 2011 a...

WVU FOOTBALL: Crook gets closer to setting o-line rotations

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia is two days away from opening the season against No. 2 Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (3:30 p.m., ABC), but offensive line coach Ron Crook is still coming up with a plan ...

WVU FOOTBALL: Trickett expected to be able to adjust on the fly

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Holgorsen, Dawson expect quarterback to be able to make adjustments on the fly

WVU FOOTBALL: Mountaineers’ Week 1 opponent reloads with NFL-caliber talent

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MORGANTOWN ­— Alabama returns seven players who started at least 10 games last season and seven others who started at least five times, though one is a long snapper and one is a tight end who might be supplan...

WVU FOOTBALL: Holgorsen has shown ability to adapt, grow as Mountaineers’ coach

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Brian Mitchell has gotten to know Dana Holgorsen at two different times in his coaching career. The first version was the one most have come to recognize and expect.

It was 2006 and Mitc...

WVU FOOTBALL: Alabama still uncertain about starting quarterback

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — No one has to tell West Virginia about the misery of not knowing who will start at quarterback, but the Mountaineers are about to agonize over preparations for an opponent that hasn’t na...

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Morgantown welcomes Pirates’ affiliate to town

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New York-Penn League club will play in new stadium at Granville’s University Town Center

WVU FOOTBALL: Can Mountaineers mimic Sooners team that beat Alabama?

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — There are 10 games on this opening weekend of the college football season featuring a pair of teams from the five major conferences. Not one of those games has a bigger underdog than West Virgi...

WVU FOOTBALL: Variables of Kiffin, QB make Alabama offense a mystery

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Every day throughout preseason practice, Tony Gibson would gather West Virginia’s defense, put what happened that day to the side and turn the group’s attention to the future. Eve...

Morgantown’s Wolfley has always been ‘a WVU guy’

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Morgantown’s Wolfley has always been ‘a WVU guy’

WVU FOOTBALL: Assistant coach Bradley gets comfortable in new role

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Football veteran from Penn State settles into new role with Mountaineers

WVU FOOTBALL: Opposing Big 12 players explain Mountaineers’ struggles on defense

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Big 12 opponents explain struggles

WVU FOOTBALL: Glowinski makes transformation from junior college transfer to NFL prospect

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Redshirt senior makes transformation from junior college transfer to NFL prospect

WVU FOOTBALL: Calicchio awarded with scholarship

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. ­­­— For the second time in as many weeks, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has given a walk-on a scholarship. Fifth-year senior Mike Calicchio was rewarded this week and is now ...

WVU FOOTBALL: Tonkery shines in preseason camp

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Former Bridgeport High standout fought through injuries to be ready for senior season

WVU FOOTBALL: Holgorsen clarifies ‘lie’ statement

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Two days after giving what he thought was a harmless and honest response to a question about recruiting advantages gained from the summer’s NCAA legislation reform, West Virginia coach D...

WVU FOOTBALL: Dillon mum on sprained ankle

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – K.J. Dillon declines to say what happened on a trip back to home in Florida that left him with a sprained ankle, but the junior safety also stops short of saying it did anything more tha...

WVU FOOTBALL: Crest, Henry are top candidates to play as true freshmen

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia began the final week of preseason football camp a day later than expected. Coach Dana Holgorsen gave the Mountaineers the day off Sunday and then practiced twice Monday.

Th...

WVU FOOTBALL: Early downs hurt Mountaineers last season

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — There are ways to describe West Virginia’s offense in 2013. Shannon Dawson opts for the easiest.

“Bad,” the WVU offensive coordinator said.

There are ways to ex...