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The Smoking Musket 2 hours ago

Smoking Musket Tailgate Menu: Kansas State and Homecoming

Homecoming is about our Alma mater and our Mountaineer family, but that doesn't mean we can't be good hosts while we're at it. I've put together a mix of shareable Mountain State favorites with Kansas State recommendations. As much as I want to introduce to you new flavors and cuisines from the regions of our competition, this week we will highlight West Virginia favorites to welcome all the old grads back to Morgantown. These are actually two childhood favorites of mine that my mom made to remind her and my dad of their home among the hills. However, I still have a couple items on here...
The Smoking Musket 6 hours ago

Mountaineers In The NFL: Week 3 Brings Touchdowns

Week 3 in the NFL saw several former Mountaineers make their NFL debut and perform quite impressively. Karl Joseph - Oakland Raiders #Raiders were led today in tackles by 2 rookies, 1st-round pick Karl Joseph (10) and 6th-round pick Cory James (7).— Raiders Beat (@RaidersBeat) September 26, 2016 We've seen this before... Karl Joseph goes max effort on the play and @BIrvin_WVU11 recovers the fumble! pic.twitter.com/udXrHitCZC— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) September 25, 2016 The Raiders SB Nation site, Silver and Black Pride, had this to say about Karl’s first start in the...
The Smoking Musket 6 hours ago

Backyard Brawl Returns in 2017 (In Basketball)

PITT AND WVU GONNA BASKETBRAWL According to West Virginia University AD Shane Lyons, WVU and Pitt have agreed to a four-game series starting in 2017. The Backyard Brawl is back!! The two schools have agreed to a four-year series. https://t.co/tWCFcinBr8 pic.twitter.com/NEPKCF2cpy — WVU Men's Basketball (@WVUhoops) September 29, 2016 This will end a five year drought for one of the longest rivalries in college basketball as 2012 was the last time the rivalry was played. The series will consist of two home-and-homes as 2017 and 2019 will be played in the Petersen Event Center while 2018...
The Smoking Musket 8 hours ago

Kansas State Is Just Another Opponent To West Virginia Quarterback Skyler Howard

For some players, the chance to knock off a team that the Mountaineers have yet to beat is enough to provide some added motivation. For Skyler Howard, it’s just the next game on the schedule and it happens to be against Kansas State. Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: K-State just another opponent to Howard | The Exponent TelegramThe 0-4 conference record against Kansas State may have West Virginia fans more amped up than usual for Saturday’s...
The Smoking Musket 9 hours ago

Smoking Musket Podcast: Week 5 - BYU Review / K-State Preview with Grant Thome

Smitty and Bart review WVU's win over the BYU Cougars in DC and preview the K-State game with Grant Thome. NO SLEEP TIL TENT CITY Podcast Episode Info: [75min] Part 1 - Smitty and Bart quickly go over some headlines from the past week. Part 2 - Friend of the show Grant Thome joins us to give his preview of the K-State Wildcats. [33:00] Part 3 - Full K-State preview. [48:30] This and future episodes can be found AT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE. Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes RATE US, Y'ALL Direct MP3 Download
The Smoking Musket 10 hours ago

West Virginia Football Thread Alert: Mountaineers to Debut New Combination

The 2016 Big 12 slate for the Mountaineers will kick off with Stripe-the-Stadium and a new uniform combination As the Mountaineers prepare to kick off their Big 12 slate against the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday, they will debut a new look. For the first time, they will wear gold helmets, gold jerseys with blue pants. This will be the first time the Mountaineers have worn gold jerseys against the Wildcats. In both 2012 and 2014 they chose to wear traditional blue jerseys. In the 2013 and 2015 away games they wore the traditional white jerseys. The Mountaineers have worn white pants...
The Smoking Musket 22 hours ago

Video: Huggins Gives Updates In Press Conference

Bob Huggins spent over 30 minutes with the media today.
The Smoking Musket Sep 28, 2016

Dana Holgorsen Wants A Rowdy West Virginia Crowd For Big 12 Opener Against Kansas State

West Virginia is undefeated. It's homecoming. It's Kansas State, a team the Mountaineers have yet to defeat in conference play. There's no excuse to not be loud. Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: Holgorsen wants Milan-Puskar ‘to be rowdy’ for Big 12 opener | WV MetroNewsWest Virginia is undefeated. It’s homecoming week. Heck, it’s Kansas State week. And more than 12,000 students requested tickets for Saturday’s stadium-striping...
The Smoking Musket Sep 27, 2016

West Virginia Could Have A Difficult Time With Kansas State Defense

The Mountaineers' first Big 12 game of the season will probably be their toughest challenge yet. The Wildcats lead the nation in total defense. Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: WVU football could have tough time with Kansas State defense | Charleston Gazette-MailThe first Big 12 game of the season is WVU’s biggest challenge yet. The Kansas State Wildcats lead the nation in total defense, allowing 179 yards per game. They’ve played — and lost...
The Smoking Musket Sep 27, 2016

An LSU Branded Plane Causes Panic In Morgantown

Relax, Mountaineers, LSU isn’t coming to steal our coach. A private jet emblazoned with the Louisiana State University logo has created a bit of a panic among West Virginia social media and message boards. The Learjet 45 landed at Morgantown Municipal Airport around 11:30 AM on Monday, and it didn’t take long before the hand-wringing and rumors that the Tigers had arrived to poach Mountaineer head coach Dana Holgorsen started to fly. The twin engine jet with the tail number N599TA is registered to Air Med Services, LLC, a medical transport company out of Lafayette, LA, according to the...
The Smoking Musket Sep 26, 2016

What I Think After Nearly Giving One Away

It isn’t a West Virginia game if it isn’t tougher than it needs to be. Still, the good guys came out on top, even if it did take some special plays. I think this was the best game for Howard, Shell and Durante. You may not realize it but the game Howard played was outstanding. The toughest part of the game for quarterbacks who love throwing deep is the requirement to march down the field time after time. Taking check downs is equivalent to driving 60 MPH on the interstate. Plenty of big time, professional quarterbacks have gotten antsy when forced to take the check down because they...
The Smoking Musket Sep 26, 2016

The Stats Don't Back It Up, But West Virginia's Defense Is Effective

Tony Gibson is taking conventional wisdom and turning it upside down. Gibson, of course, does very little conventionally anyway in his job as West Virginia’s defensive coordinator, a position which gives him almost full autonomy over the defense. Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: Stats don't back it up, but WVU defense effective | The Exponent TelegramTony Gibson is taking conventional wisdom and turning it upside down. Gibson, of course, does...
The Smoking Musket Sep 26, 2016

BYU Win Catches Voters Eye But WVU Still Not Ranked

Well the AP voters finally took notice of West Virginia but despite four ranked teams losing, WVU is still outside looking in. Rank AP USA Today 1 Alabama (50 Alabama (61) 2 Ohio State (4) Ohio State (2) 3 Louisville (6) Clemson (1) 4 Michigan (1) Louisville 5 Clemson Michigan 6 Houston Stanford 7 Stanford Houston 8 Wisconsin Wisconsin 9 Texas A&M Washington 10 Washington Texas A&M 11 Tennessee Tennessee 12 Florida State Florida State 13 Baylor Baylor 14 Miami Miami 15 Nebraska Nebraska 16 Ole Miss Michigan State 17 Michigan State Ole...
The Smoking Musket Sep 25, 2016

Big 12 Roundup & Power Rankings: Baylor Getting Into Groove

Our weekly look around the Big 12 Conference. Baylor takes on Oklahoma State in Waco and looks like they have the previous 3 years. TCU 33 (3-1, 1-0), SMU 3 In one of the rivalries TCU hasn’t forgotten about since they joined the Big 12, the Battle for the Iron Skillet has been a one-sided affair in the last 26 years. Since 1990, TCU is 21-6 against SMU, last losing in 2011 in a 40-33 game in overtime. At halftime, this was a 6-3 game with SMU taking the opening kickoff down to the TCU 6 before settling for a field goal. TCU would score the final 33 points of the game. Junior Kenny Hill...
The Smoking Musket Sep 25, 2016

West Virginia Mountaineers Hang On Against The Brigham Young Cougars

What are the takeaways from Game 3? The West Virginia Mountaineers escaped Landover, Maryland by hanging on to defeat Brigham Young University. A touchdown with 11:27 left in the fourth quarter put the Mountaineers up by a score 35-19, but the Cougars came charging back. It was not until Maurice Fleming intercepted Taysom Hill on a tipped ball at the goal line with 1:00 left on the clock that WVU locked up the victory by a count of 35-32. It was not entirely pretty, but the Mountaineers will take an undefeated 3-0 record with them into conference play. As always, let’s take a look at any...
The Smoking Musket Sep 24, 2016

Highlights From West Virginia’s 35-32 Victory Over The BYU Cougars

Things got pretty intense at FedExField. Take a look at the top plays and highlights from the Mountaineers’ victory. Video courtesy of WVU Sports
The Smoking Musket Sep 24, 2016

Maurice Felming’s Interception Slams The Door On The BYU Cougars, West Virginia Wins 35-32

Another close call for the BYU Cougars keeps the Mountaineers undefeated heading into Big 12 conference play. The West Virginia Mountaineers will ride a 3-0 start into Big 12 conference play next Saturday against the Kansas State Wildcats after a narrow win over the BYU Cougars at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. The Mountaineers got off to a hot start when Skyler Howard went 8-8 on a 79-yard drive that saw Rushel Shell score his first touchdown of the evening to put West Virginia ahead early. The Cougars answered with a touchdown drive of their own, but a Skyler Howard interception on...
The Smoking Musket Sep 24, 2016

West Virginia Football Chapter 3: D.C Showdown - Dougity Dog Video

Check out the video DougityDog made for the team to watch today before they take on BYU in Washington, D.C. LET'S GO!
The Smoking Musket Sep 24, 2016

How to Watch/Listen to West Virginia Mountaineers vs. BYU Cougars

West Virginia meets BYU for the first time today in the confines of FedEx Field in Landover, MD, and here is all the info you need on how to watch or listen to all the action! How to Watch the West Virginia Mountaineers vs. BYU Cougars Time: 3:30 P.M. ET Location: FedEx Field, Landover, MD TV: ESPN2 Cable: Check your cable lineup. DirecTV: Channel 209 Dish: Channel 143 Online Streaming: Fans can stream the game on WatchESPN.com, but will need a valid cable or satellite subscription. Radio: Click HERE for a complete list of radio affiliates in West Virginia. If you live outside of the state,...
The Smoking Musket Sep 23, 2016

West Virginia Football Thread Alert: Morgantown to FedEX Field

We have the latest one what the Mountaineers will wear for their tilt against BYU. Your West Virginia Mountaineers will take the field Saturday wearing a uniform combination they’ve broken out a few times. The traditional blue helmets matched with the new old gold shirts and traditional blue pants were first debuted against Towson in 2014. The game against Towson couldn’t have gone better for the Mountaineers with the first shutout for newly declared defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. The Mountaineers would once again use this uniform combination when they returned to a bowl game in...