Official West Virginia Mountaineers thread
|10-01-2007, 09:26 PM||class of - - #81|
back 2 work
|10-05-2007, 11:00 PM||class of - - #84|
tomorrow will be a historic day
#1 Slaton 1 TD away from breaking WVU's career rushing TD record
#2 Rich Rod 1 win away from 100 career wins
|8 years ago||class of '05 - away - #85|
SYRACUSE, N.Y.—This one would seem to be the immovable force vs. the immovable force. Until the South Florida game, nobody, it seemed, could move West Virginia's run game off its course. Having played perhaps its most perfect game overall in the Rich Rodriguez era against East Carolina, the Mountaineers dropped the ball six times and with them their hopes for a BCS national championship at USF.
For the second time in as many years, South Florida defensive coordinator Wally Burnham met speed with speed and the Gold & Blue totaled 188 yards on the ground, its least since last year's 132 output at Milan Puskar Stadium against the Bulls.
This week, the run game gets well. Even with the USF blip, WVU's runners are averaging 323 yards per game, eighth in NCAA statistics. Syracuse is averaging 41. Against Miami Ohio in a 17-14 loss, the Orange picked up 66 yards. In another defeat to Illinois, the number was 63.
In fairness, Cuse lost its best rusher, Delonte Carter to a season-ending injury before this season began. Meanwhile, its No. 2 guy, Curtis Brinkley, is only now coming back from a preseason physical setback. The ace card is 6-foot-2, 215-pound true freshman Doug Hogue.
WVU's defense has continued to improve in each game of the season.
Syracuse (1-4, 1-0) fans are clamoring to see more of Hogue, who
recorded his first career rushing attempts when he ran for 13 yards on three attempts against Illinois … All three rushes came in the fourth quarter and included a nine yard run up the middle for a first down.
The Yonkers, N.Y, resident is built along the same lines as USF's Mike Ford, another highly recruited true freshman running back. The Bulls' Jim Leavitt started Ford (6-2, 230) in the I-formation last Friday. On the first play from scrimmage, the rookie bolted 35 yards. Perhaps Greg Robinson will be willing to give Hogue the same chance Saturday, noon, at the Carrier Dome (MSN, Big East ERT).
Because the run game is going nowhere, Robinson has decided to go to the air. He has a solid quarterback and a pair of wide receivers to do it. Particularly Robinson would like to do it long.
Syracuse is tied for first nationally for the fewest passes had intercepted. The Orange joins Clemson, Kansas and Central Florida as the only teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) to have one pass picked off in 2007. The Orange's only interception of the year came at Iowa in the second quarter. Since then, sophomore quarterback Andrew Robinson (Baltimore, Md.) hasn't been intercepted in his last 104 attempts (the school record is 178 held by R.J. Anderson).
Since defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and safeties coach Bruce Tall moved Eric Wicks back to spur safety, the Mountaineer secondary has been stellar. Larry Williams made a high block of a Maryland quarterback Jordan Steffy pass to keep the Mountaineers ahead. The Mountaineers show 7 interceptions in five games. Ellis Lankster made a one-handed grab against South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe.
Sophomore Mike Williams (Buffalo, N.Y.)
continued his success by catching a career-high tying five
passes for a season-high 97 yards and one touchdown at
Miami. He has 16 receptions for
260 yards in four games in 2007 …
Junior Taj Smith (Newark, N.J.) is causing the opposition
problems with three touchdowns and 254 receiving yards
in his last two outings … In nine career games, Smith has
produced six 50-plus yard performances .
Defensively, Cuse cannot stop the run. Miami used a third-team running back to post 286 yards against the Robinson coordinated D. The RedHawks had been averaging 110 rushing yards in its previous games. Illinois totaled 380.
Nonetheless, the Orange's front is showing signs of life. Call it USF-light. The interior line of WVU (12th/13th, 4-1, 1-0) crumbled at the hands of the Bulls a week ago, and though SU has difficulty with quick backs like Steve Slaton, Pat White and Noel Devine, it has playmakers.
Senior Jameel McClain was supposed to awaken the echoes of Dwight Freeney, but in five games he has yet to begin matching last year's 8 ½ sacks and 7 TFLs. McClain got better at Miami O, but the best player up front for Robinson has been nose tackle Arthur Jones. As a freshman Jones posted 8 ½ sacks. He currently is sixth in the nation in TFLs (1.7).
Even so this game is more about the Mountaineers vs. Mountaineers than Mountaineers vs. Orange. If they continue to turn the ball over on the road and fail to solve their snapping blocking woes in the interior, it might be a trend for the season.
The smart Monopoly money says they will return to ECU form against a team that showed little pulse until it bopped Louisville on the road two weeks ago. Even with quarterback Pat White questionable, the Mountaineers should roll.
If the Gold & Blue seemed three touchdowns better (in cyberspace) than its hosts at the Ray Jay, certainly it should be a four-touchdown favorite at The Carrier Dome.
|8 years ago||class of '05 - away - #86|
WVSports.com's Jim Laise, Michael Minnich and Syracuse journalism graduate student Kevin Trudgeon will provide the Blue Lot with pre-game, live time summaries and post-game analysis. Coverage will include an almost real-time game summary, a commentary and several sidebars.
Rich Rodriguez will summarize Syracuse with an injury briefing report here this weekend. The Mountaineers have the Oct. 13 weekend off.
Photographers Vernon Bailey, Joe McNemar, Jay Taylor and Scott Guinn will cover the action from the sideline. Look for post-game galleries and his shots throughout the week.
ESPN Regional - (Dave Sims - play-by-play, John Congemi - analysis, Sarah Kustok - sideline) will
broadcast the game live. Stations in West Virginia and the surrounding area who will carry the game
are WVFX-TV (Clarksburg), WOAY-TV (Bluefield/Beckley), WTAP-TV (Parkersburg), WTOV-TV (Wheeling),
WCHS-TV (Charleston) and WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh).
Mountaineer Sports Network - (Tony Caridi - play-by-play, Dwight Wallace - analysis, Hoppy
Kercheval - host) will broadcast the game live.
Sirius Radio Broadcast - The MSN broadcast of the West Virginia - SU game can be heard live on Sirius Channel 122.
Internet broadcasts of WVU games are available by accessing MSNsportsNET.com and clicking on the Live Event Coverage button down the left-hand column of the athletics home page.
BY THE NUMBERS
+Slaton is the NCAA's active career TD leader (47), active points per game (10.1)
second rushing ypg leader (122.4), second in RB yards per carry (6.23)
and second in all purpose yards per game (143.2. He is just one rushing TD shy of breaking WVU career record of 42
that he is tied with Ira Errett Rodgers (1915-19) and Avon Cobourne (1999-02)
+WVU's preseason ranking of No. 3 by the AP is the highest ranking in school history. WVU is ranked 12th in the Coaches Poll; 13th in the A
+No active QB has run for more yards in the last two seasons than White. He is 19-3 all-time as the Gold & Blue starter.
+Rodriguez 42-13, best four-year+3 game mark in history.
+West Virginia has scored 25-of-27 times when
inside its opponent's red zone, scoring 154 points:
34 against Western Michigan, 35 at Marshall, 24 at
Maryland, a season-high 48 points against East
Carolina and 13 points at USF.
The scoring consists of 16 rushing touchdowns,
four passing touchdowns and five field goals made
for a total of 20 touchdowns. The two failed
attempts were a missed 22-yard field goal attempt
at Maryland and an interception thrown at USF.
two passing touchdowns and four field goals
+This is the 55th meeting between the two schools with the Orange holding 30-24 series advantage.
West Virginia has won the last five straight, including the last two in Syracuse, 34-23, in 2003, and
15-7, in 2005.
The winner of the annual game will be awarded the Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy in honor of the former WVU letterman and Syracuse coaching legend.
+Keilen Dykes will start his 37th consecutive game
+Eric Wicks, 30th
+Ryan Stanchek, 25th
+Darius Reynaud, 23rd overall
+Slaton, 23rd consecutive
WVU is off, Saturday, Noon, Big East ERT
Syracuse hosts Rutgers
Y—Darius Reynaud; Brandon Hogan
H—Jock Sanders; Nate Sowers
LT—Stanchek; Selvish Capers
LG—Greg Isdaner; Derek Hayes
C—Mike Dent; Eric Jobe
RG—Eric Rodemoyer; Derek Hayes
RT—Jake Figner; John Bradshaw
TE—Owen Schmitt; Michael Villagrana
X—Dorrell Jalloh; Wes Lyons
Z—Tito Gonzales; Will Johnson
QB—Pat White (questionable); Jarrett Brown
SB—Steve Slaton; Noel Devine
FB—Schmitt; Sam Morrone
PK—Pat McAfee; Chris Glenn
P—McAfee; Scott Kozlowski
KR—Devine, Vaughn Rivers
PR—Rivers, Antonio Lewis
DE 91 Brandon Gilbeaux (6-3, 271, So.) 55 LEE WILLIAMS (6-3, 262, Sr.)
NT 97 Arthur Jones (6-4, 289, So.) 95 Nick Santiago (6-3, 302, Jr.) OR 94 Bud Tribbey (6-0, 280, Fr.)
DT 51 TONY JENKINS (6-3, 286, Sr.) 56 Anthony Perkins (6-4, 268, RF)
DE 52 JAMEEL McCLAIN (6-1, 256, Sr.) 55 LEE WILLIAMS (6-3, 262, Sr.)
SLB 30 Vincenzo Giruzzi (6-3, 232, Jr.) 46 Parker Cantey (6-3, 216, RF)
MLB 45 Jake Flaherty (6-1, 228, Jr.) 36 Oliver Fernandez (6-1, 220, Jr.)
WLB 33 Ben Maljovec (6-3, 223, Jr.) 50 Mike Mele (6-0, 218, Fr.)
LC 27 Nick Chestnut (5-11, 184, Jr.) 29 Jason Tanner (5-11, 200, Sr.)
SS 17 A.J. Brown (6-0, 201, Jr.) 48 Max Suter (5-11, 190, Fr.) OR 6 Donta Herrod (5-11, 191, Jr.)
FS 5 JOE FIELDS (6-1, 210, Sr.) 15 Bruce Williams (6-0, 200, Jr.)
RC 26 DOWAYNE DAVIS (6-0, 200, Sr.) 28 Nico Scott (5-10, 180, RF)
X WR 4 Taj Smith (6-1, 188, Jr.) 12 RICE MOSS (6-2, 207, Sr.) 84 Da'Mon Merkerson (6-1, 185, Fr.)
LT 64 Corey Chavers (6-5, 295, Jr.) 77 Tucker Baumbach (6-5, 322, RF)
LG 59 CARROLL MADISON (6-2, 310, Sr.) 70 Ryan Bartholomew (6-3, 290, RF)
C 60 Jim McKenzie (6-4, 280, RF) 67 MARVIN McCALL (6-2, 292, Sr.)
RG 75 RYAN DURAND (6-5, 310, Jr.) 74 Ryan Ehrie (6-6, 287, Jr.) 71 Adam Rosner (6-6, 308, RF)
RT 69 Larry Norton (6-3, 320, Sr.) 73 Jonathan Meldrum (6-5, 327, Fr.)
TE 80 Jawad Nesheiwat (6-4, 251, Sr.) 85 Mike Owen (6-4, 255, So.)
QB 9 Andrew Robinson 13 (6-3, 222, So.) 2 Cameron Dantley (6-1, 218, Jr.)
TB 22 CURTIS BRINKLEY (5-9, 203, Jr.) 34 Paul Chiara (5-11, 210, Jr.) OR 24 Jeremy Sellers (6-0, 211, Sr.)
FB 43 Tony Fiammetta (6-1, 235, Jr.) 34 Paul Chiara (5-11, 210, Jr.)
Z WR 1 Mike Williams (6-2, 204, So.) 11 Lavar Lobdell (6-3, 200, So.) OR 81 Dan Sheeran (6-3, 217, RF)
P 47 Rob Long (6-4, 175, Fr.) 13 John Barker (5-8, 155, Jr.)
KO 42 Patrick Shadle (5-8, 201, Jr.) 13 John Barker (5-8, 155, Jr.)
LS 72 IAN HAMMOND (6-3, 272, Sr.) 57 Maximillian Leo (5-11, 210, So.)
PAT 42 PATRICK SHADLE (5-8, 201, Jr.) 13 John Barker (5-8, 155, Jr.)
FG 42 PATRICK SHADLE (5-8, 201, Jr.) 13 John Barker (5-8, 155, Jr.)
Holder 13 John Barker (5-8, 155, Jr.) 2 Cameron Dantley (6-1, 218, Jr.)
PR 15 Bruce Williams (6-0, 200, Jr.) 21 Ryan Howard (5-8, 185, Jr.)
KR 48 Max Suter (5-11, 190, Fr.) 21 Ryan Howard (5-8, 185, Jr.)
35 Mike Holmes (5-11, 185, Fr.) 20 Randy McKinnon (5-10, 200, Fr.)
DT—Scooter Berry, Doug Slavonic
NT—Keilen Dykes, Thor Merrow/Chris Neild
DE—Johnny Dingle, James Ingram
SLB—Marc Magro, Johnny Holmes
MLB—Reed Williams; Bobby Hathaway
WLB—Mortty Ivy; J.T. Thomas
CB—Larry Williams; Vaughn Rivers, 8 starts, 2 picks
SS—Eric Wicks; Ridwan Malik
FS—Ryan Mundy; Boogie Allen
BS—Quinton Andrews, Charles Pugh
CB—Antonio Lewis/Ellis Lankster
ORANGE LEADS BIG EAST IN KICK RETUR AVERAG
Tale of the Tape
Offense WVU SU
(5 games) (5 games)
Total Offense, 2,537-1,363
Net Passing, 921-1,160
Defense WVU SU
Total Defense, 1,367-2,424
Avg. per return,9-19
|10-18-2007, 11:04 PM||class of - - #93|
more on pat white
|10-18-2007, 11:05 PM||class of - - #94|
preview of this weekends homecoming game
|8 years ago||class of '05 - away - #99|
|10-22-2007, 04:00 PM||class of - - #100|
yea i understand how he'd feel, and i wana see him in the game but u also gota take into consideration he's playin behind slaton and it just seems like rich wants to get slaton as much touches as he can to impress voters...if devine keeps his head up thru this, his time will most definately come in the near future, possibly even next year if slaton goes pro...he just gota wait it out and keep k!llin it at practice