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 Official West Virginia Mountaineers thread
 09-05-2007, 07:13 PMaway - #41

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yea i hope so
 09-06-2007, 12:10 AMaway - #42
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the marshall game is essentially gonna be a home game for us. i guarantee atleast half the stadium will be WVU fans. the marshall season ticket package was cheaper than a single game ticket for this saturday, so tons of WVU fans bought them for this game only.
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yea i'd think so...the herd's about to get embarrassed this weekend
 09-06-2007, 04:13 PMaway - #44
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mmmaannn when we played ruters last year......had to be one of the best games
 09-06-2007, 06:02 PMaway - #45
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Originally Posted by AlCapone
yea i'd think so...the herd's about to get embarrassed this weekend
ay have you heard any kind of rumor that gov. manchin supposedly tried working out a deal that we aren't allowed to score over 50 points because he doesn't want marshall to get embarrassed on national tv?

it's his fault we are stuck playing ####ty a$s marshall in the first place, and for him to do that would be so ####ed up
 09-06-2007, 06:09 PMaway - #46

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That would be some bull####. How the #### is it your fault if they can't stop you? Marshall sucks #### on their own.
 09-07-2007, 12:38 PMaway - #47
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Originally Posted by BoSox84
That would be some bull####. How the #### is it your fault if they can't stop you? Marshall sucks #### on their own.
exactly, WVU's been trying to get out of this series ever since gov. manchin forced it on us. it does nothing but hurt our SOS, we don't even get any money out of it
 09-07-2007, 01:33 PMaway - #48

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damn i havent heard about that one... @ manchin ampin up this series so much n then if he did do that is some ####..

one day away
 09-08-2007, 02:03 PMaway - #49

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got to a slow start today but turned it up in the 2nd half..white, slaton, devine, reynaud all had great games

1st Half
WVU outscored 13-6

2nd Half
Marshall outscored 42-10
 09-09-2007, 05:29 PMaway - #50

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Marshall Game Notes
Compiled by Phil Caskey for MSNsportsNET.com
September 8, 2007
Todayís Captains
Todayís Mountaineer game captains are: senior quarterback Adam Bednarik, senior linebacker Andy Emery, senior defensive back Ridwan Malik and senior tight end Michael Villagrana.

Steve Slaton ran for 146 yards and scored two touchdowns Saturday against Marshall.
All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks

Coach Rich Rodriguez selects game captains each week. Team captains will be elected at the end of the regular season.

For Starters
Left guard Eric Rodemoyer was the lone Mountaineer first-time starter against Marshall. Owen Schmitt made his first career start at tight end.

A total of 35 Mountaineers have now made at least one start during their career. Tops on that list are senior defensive lineman Keilen Dykes (33), senior safety Eric Wicks (27), junior offensive lineman Ryan Stanchek (23), senior wide receiver Darius Reynaud (22) and junior tailback Steve Slaton (22).

WVUís First and Second Scores
Pat Whiteís 46-yard touchdown pass to Darius Reynaud in the first quarter was Whiteís third touchdown pass on the season. The pass tied for the eighth-longest of Whiteís career. It marked Reynaudís first touchdown reception of the season and eighth of his career. The reception marked Reynaudís third 20-yard play of the 2007 season.

White found Reynaud again on WVUís opening drive of the second half with a 23-yard touchdown reception. That marked Whiteís 25th career touchdown pass and Reynaudís ninth.

Career Day for Reynaud
Darius Reynaud caught a career-high eight passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns against Marshall. All three categories are career-bests. The yardage marked his second career 100-yard receiving game (110 vs. ECU/2006). His two TD receptions marked a career-high and equaled the amount of touchdown receptions he had all of the 2007 season.

100-Yard Receivers
Darius Raynaud is one of six (Chris Henry, Steve Slaton, Travis Garvin, Antonio Brown, Miquelle Henderson) different players to record a 100-yard receiving game under Rich Rodriguez. Raynaud's 126 yards against Marshall marked the 16th time a player has totaled a 100-yard receiving game under Rodriguez.

Point Production
WVU has scored 110 points in the first two games of 2007 Ė the second most point total in WVU history to begin a season after two games. Only the 1919 Mountaineer team scored more points (116) after two games to start the year.

Whiteís Third Quarter Rushing TD
Patrick Whiteís third quarter 20-yard touchdown run marked the 28th of his career and third in the last two games. White has tallied at least one rushing touchdown in six consecutive days dating back to last yearís Cincinnati contest.

Key Third Quarter Turnover
Reed Williams tallied his fourth career forced fumble midway through the third quarter. Ryan Mundy recovered the fumble, his first as a Mountaineer.

Slatonís TD Rushes
Steve Slatonís two touchdown rushes in the contest marked his 37th and 38th career rushing touchdowns. He is now five career rushing touchdowns shy of breaking WVUís career record of 42 shared by Ira Errett Rodgers (1915-19) and Avon Cobourne (1999-2002).

The touchdown rushes were his fourth and fifth of the season and marked the 12th time in his career he tallied two or more rushing touchdowns in a contest.

Slaton Tops 3K
With his 146 rushing yards against Marshall, Steve Slaton has now reached 3,000 career rushing yards, now showing 3,127 yards on 493 carries. He is just the third back in WVU history (Avon Cobourne/5,164) and Amos Zereoue (4,086) to record over 3,000 yards rushing.

White Reaches 200-yards of Total Offense
Patrick White recorded his 12th career 200-yard total offense game against Marshall. He passed for 149 yards and rushed for 126. His 274-yards of total offense marked the sixth-best total offense outing of his career.

White Rushes for 100
Patrick White recorded his 10th career 100-yard rushing game against Marshall. His career-best is 247 yards set against Syracuse set last season.

Slaton Reaches 100
Steve Slaton recorded his 17th career 100 yard rushing game in the Marshall win and second-consecutive to open the season.

Equally as Impressive
Patrick White and Steve Slaton each topped 100 yards rushing against Marshall, marking the seventh time that both White (125) and Slaton (146) reached the century mark. The last time it happened was at Pitt last year when White (220) and Slaton (215) became the third set of teammates in NCAA history to each rush for 200 yards in the same contest.

Indeed Itís Devine
True freshman running back Noel Devine tallied his second career touchdown in as many games when he scored on a 12-yard rush early in the fourth quarter. Devine notched his first career touchdown with WVUís last score in the 62-24 season opening Western Michigan win.

He later had a 39 yard gain late in the fourth quarter which set up his second touchdown of the afternoon, a 10-yard scoring rush, and third in two games.

The Running Game
WVU notched five rushing touchdowns in the contest with the Herd, giving the Mountaineers 83 rushing touchdowns in its last 21 games (3.95 per contest).

In the contest, WVU improved to 14-1 when the Mountaineers compile 300 yards or more dating back to the start of the 2005 season.

500 Yards of Total Offense
WVUís 511 yards of total offense against Marshall marked the 16th time during the Rich Rodriguez era that the Mountaineers tallied 500 total offensive yards or more in a contest. It was also the second in as many games.

30 is Enough
Dating back to 1980, WVU now holds a 127-7-1 record with scoring 30 or more in a contest. WVU is now 45-1 since 2000 when scoring 30 or more in a contest.

The Series
WVU now leads the all-time series with Marshall by a 7-0 count. WVU has now outscored the Thundering Herd 342-87 in the series, an average score of 48.9 to 12.4.

 09-09-2007, 05:30 PMaway - #51

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Long Time Coming
By John Antonik for MSNsportsNET.com
September 8, 2007

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall won the first half but West Virginia won the game. Patrick White threw for 149 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 125 yards and another score to lead the No. 3-rated Mountaineers to a 48-23 victory over Marshall Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington.

Freshman Noel Devine scores one of his two rushing touchdowns Saturday against Marshall.
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It was West Virginia’s first appearance in Huntington in 92 years and it looked initially like the Mountaineers were walking into an ambush.

“We were fortunate to get out of here with a win,” said West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez. “We knew we were going to be in a tough environment and take their best shot and we did. They were well prepared and played hard.”

“This is as good as we’ve played offensively, defensively and special teams since I’ve been here and that’s what it was going to take – a Herculean effort to play this team,” said Marshall coach Mark Snyder. “They’re going to contend for a national championship this year.”

Marshall set the tone early when Darius Marshall took the game’s opening kickoff and ran 77 yards to the West Virginia 23. That run set up Anthony Binswanger’s 32-yard field goal.

West Virginia briefly retook the lead when White found Darius Reynaud wide open over the middle for a 46-yard touchdown hookup, but Marshall got its first TD of the game on a Bernie Morris-to-Darius Passmore 38-yard pass in the right corner of the end zone. Marshall tacked on three more right before the end of the half when Binswanger punched through a 26-yard field goal at the gun.

“We’re rolling, things are going according to plan and you know they’re going to score and they’re going to make some plays – they’re a good offense,” said Snyder.

“Nobody panicked at halftime – I didn’t scream and yell,” Rodriguez said. “We just kind of got together, made a few adjustments offensively … a few formations and a few plays we wanted to get going because we couldn’t get any rhythm and get our defense off the field.

“They outnumbered us at times in the run game and that’s why we had to make a few adjustments at halftime and that’s why we had to make a few adjustments with our formations in the second half,” Rodriguez said.

At that point West Virginia woke up by scoring three straight touchdowns. White found Reynaud out in the flat for a 23-yard score to tie the game, and a pair of TD runs by White and Slaton gave the Mountaineers an 11-point advantage.

From there West Virginia chose to keep the ball on the ground using All-American Steve Slaton, fullback Owen Schmitt and true freshman Noel Devine.

After another Marshall touchdown pulled the Herd to within four, 27-23, Devine scored the game-turning TD with 10:28 remaining in the fourth quarter. The 12-yard run was his second career rushing touchdown.

“I thought in the fourth quarter their front kicked our front’s butt,” Snyder said. “Their offensive line won the battle in the trenches.”

Devine cleaned things up with his second touchdown from 10 yards and finished the game with 76 yards on just five carries.

“We’ve got to get Noel into the game sooner,” Rodriguez said. “I think Steve got tired and Noel had some fresh legs. He’s learning what we’re doing very quickly when the ball is in his hands – he’s got a gift and it was good to see him make a few nice runs late in the game.”

Slaton, after being held to just two first-half yards, finished the game with 146 on 24 carries. Reynaud caught eight passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns.

“Some of it was some of the plays we were running,” Rodriguez said. “He didn’t get a whole lot of room in the first half. Steve played just as hard in the first half as he did in the second half – we just got him a few lanes and he was able to make a few plays.”

White completed 13 of 18 passes but his completion percentage could have been even higher had there not been a few drops by West Virginia wide receivers.

“When people cheat in the box there are certain answers to certain things that you have to go to in our offense and we did that at times and at other times we didn’t do a good job of that,” Rodriguez said.

The Mountaineers (2-0) finished the game with 511 yards of offense including 362 on the ground – mostly in the second half against a worn-out Marshall defense. WVU had 24 first downs and 42 second-half points. It was the most points in a half since 2001 when West Virginia scored 59 in the first half against Rutgers.

“We had to do some things to equal the numbers in the run game,” Rodriguez admitted. “They were out-numbering us and we hit a few passes, but our execution was just very poor (in the first half). Some of it was them and some of it was us.”

Morris completed 19 of 29 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns and Marshall led the Herd with 81 yards on the ground on 11 tries.

“You have to give them a lot of credit, their staff and their players, because they did a heck of a job,” Rodriguez said of Marshall.

Marshall drops to 0-2 with the loss.

The Mountaineers have a short turnaround traveling to Maryland for a Thursday night game that will be televised on ESPN. Maryland (1-0) is playing at Florida International tonight.


MAR – Binswanger 32 FG
WV – Reynaud 46 pass from White (PAT failed)
MAR – Passmore 38 pass from Morris (Binswanger)
MAR – Binswanger 26 FG
WV – White 20 run (McAfee kick)
WV – Slaton 2 run (McAfee kick)
MAR – Slate 42 pass from Morris (Binswanger kick)
WV – Devine 12 run (McAfee kick)
WV – Slaton 18 run (McAfee kick)
WV – Devine 10 run (McAfee kick)


RUSHING: WVU - Slaton 24-146, White 18-125, Devine 5-76, Schmitt 4-14, Reynaud 1-minus 1, Total 52-362; MAR - Marshall 11-80, Passmore 2-21, Turner 6-16, Small 2-4, Morris 11-0, Total 32-121.

PASSING: WVU - White 13-18-0-149-2; MAR - Morris 19-29-0-256-2, Anderson 1-2-0-10-0, Team 0-1-0-0-0, Total 20-32-0-266-2.

RECEIVING: WVU - Reynaud 8-126, Schmitt 1-16, Slaton 2-10, Jalloh 2-minus 3, Total 13-149; MAR - Slate 5-82, Passmore 5-76, Wynn 2-43, Lauzon 2-29, Turner 2-13, Small 2-8, Spann 1-8, Fitzgerald 1-7, Total 20-266.


 09-12-2007, 08:16 PMaway - #52

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bout to get it poppin tomor night
 09-12-2007, 09:51 PMaway - #53

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COMMENTARY: WVU needs to take reins off Devine
By Tony Dobies, The Daily Athenaeum
September 12, 2007

(CSTV U-WIRE) MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The most staggering statistic of the season for the West Virginia University football team has to be 10.

That's the yards per carry of freshman running back Noel Devine. Not only has he burst onto the scene early in his Mountaineer career, but he has done it in such a way that even the likes of Steve Slaton couldn't do in his freshman year.

Slaton didn't see more than eight carries in the first three games of the season in 2005, his freshman year. And those carries were only in a backup role until head coach Rich Rodriguez and his coaching staff began to trust him more.

According to Rodriguez, Devine is trying to learn as much as possible in his little time that he has had with the program. He added that in offensive meetings this season, he has been asking multiple questions to make sure he is understanding everything.

That seems to have paid off, considering Devine was put into the Marshall game at crucial times to give a spark to the offense, when a tired Slaton could not do so.

"He's been very eager to learn," Rodriguez said. "He's been hungry to prove himself, and that is part of his early success."

Proving himself as not just a graphic of five stars is exactly what he did on Saturday.

In the third quarter, Devine was returning punts, something that Rodriguez said would become more of a norm as the season goes along. He also came in for Slaton in the running back spot at the start of the fourth quarter in a four-point ball game to score a 12-yard touchdown, giving the Mountaineers their second double-digit lead of the game.

Two drives later, Devine took a handoff from Brown and scooted up the sideline 39 yards, in what could be considered the best running play of the day. It was the longest.

Two plays later he was standing in the end zone once again.

After two solid performances, the North Fort Meyers, Fla., native is the 10th-leading rusher in the Big East and is tied with fellow freshman LeSean McCoy from Pitt in scoring with 18 points.

What do all these random and overused stats mean? Well, basically, Devine should be in the game more often, and that is exactly what should happen over the next few games, according to Rodriguez.

"We're going to slowly ease those freshmen in there a little more and more into there like Devine, Jock Sanders, Brandon Hogan, Will Johnson. Those are four true freshmen on the offensive side of the ball that you will see more and more of getting into not only the special teams, but also on the rotation offensively," Rodriguez said on Monday.

Obviously, Devine is the backup running back behind Slaton, even though at times Devine has looked better, but I definitely think that it would do the offense good to see Devine in the backfield more.

That means that Slaton can get some rest, something that will make him more explosive and add another weapon that teams need to start to study up for.

Don't be surprised if Devine gets his share of carries on Thursday, and they are close if not equal to Slaton's number.

"We are getting more and more confidence in those freshmen to put them in at crucial times, just like when we put Noel in last game. That was a critical time, and he went in there and responded and played pretty well," Rodriguez said.

If there is one thing that Devine could do, it is spark the offense, and in the past two games, they needed a spark in the first half.

If he gets time in during the first half on Thursday, watch the running game flourish, even against the best defense that this team has faced all season long.

With all that being said, he is still the fourth option, maybe even fifth with White, Slaton, Reynaud and Schmitt on the team, but this is a good thing - the more the better.

But just because you want Slaton to win the Heisman doesn't mean that our team can't be better. In reality, the better Devine is and the more carries he gets, the better shot WVU has at a National Championship, and I would take that over a Heisman Trophy any day.

primetime shine :applause:
 09-13-2007, 02:59 PMaway - #54
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I hope he gets to cut up tonight
 09-13-2007, 04:07 PMaway - #55

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wvu takin over
 09-13-2007, 06:01 PMaway - #56
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that's the exact reason he came to WVU...he gettin in the national spotlight only 3 weeks into the season....
 09-13-2007, 10:22 PMaway - #57

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pretty good game, still gettin to a slow start but tearin up the 2nd half...what Devine did tonite was amazing
 09-13-2007, 10:25 PMaway - #58
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i like that rodriguez is limiting his carries to keep him fresh for later on in the year
 09-13-2007, 11:17 PMaway - #59

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damn, Devine is the truth....
 09-14-2007, 12:31 AMaway - #60

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devine is going to be a special player like they were saying in the game already comparing him to barry sanders saying they havent seen that sort of talent since watching him. WVU has a few good recruits for linemen coming and got a few last year as well as QB's for the next few years so I think they are going to be real tough in the next years coming def with devine in the backfield


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