West Virginia's rushing game is stuck on mediocrity.The Mountaineers have been held under 100 yards rushing in two of the past three games, in part the result of a month-old toe injury that's limited Noel Devine's escapability.Coach Bill Stewart picked apart game film after a recent sleepless night, looking for possible answers. The problem, he found, wasn't with what the Mountaineers were doing with the ball, but with what they were up against.Stewart said South Florida's defense was the...Read Full Story
West Virginia enjoyed some moderate success last season, finishing third in the Big East with a conference record of 5-2 and an overall record of 9-3. They finished the season ranked 16th in the final BCS Poll after losing to Florida State 21-33 in the Gator Bowl.
While this performance might make some other football programs proud, expectations for the Mountaineers always runs high and the upcoming 2010 season is certainly no exception. They have a number of starters returning in key spots...Read Full Story
Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes and No. 25 West Virginia held South Florida to a season-low for yards in a 20-6 victory over the Bulls on Thursday night.The Mountaineers (5-1, 1-0 Big East) made the most out of their limited scoring opportunities in a game where neither offense thrived.The nation's seventh-best defense held South Florida (3-3, 0-2) without an offensive touchdown for the second straight game. Quarterback B.J. Daniels found no room to roam and the Bulls were outgained 298...Read Full Story
West Virginia running back Noel Devine and wide receiver Jock Sanders will return for their senior seasons instead of entering the NFL draft.Devine, the team's leading rusher, and Sanders, the team's leading receiver, were the Mountaineers' co-offensive players of the year."It's all about unfinished business on the field and in the classroom," Devine said Thursday. "West Virginia University and my coaches are doing a great job of preparing me for the NFL and for life after football."Devine...Read Full Story
To stop a two-game losing streak, South Florida coach Jim Leavitt implored his players to do one thing against West Virginia."The motto for the week was 'Do What Got You Here," to USF, quarterback B.J. Daniels said Friday night after the Bulls rebounded to upset the 20th-ranked Mountaineers 30-19 at Raymond James Stadium.The dual-threat redshirt freshman took the message to heart, throwing for 232 yards and running for 104 yards more to help USF (6-2, 2-2) beat its Big East rival for the...Read Full Story
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