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West Virginia Football Post-Season Accolade Tracker

West Virginia Football Post-Season Accolade Tracker

Hot off a 10-2 regular season, multiple Mountaineers are being recognized for their performance this season. We’re compiling them all here for you. The West Virginia Mountaineers finished the regular season with an impressive 10-2 record, far exceeding expectations set before the season began. Numerous Mountaineers, led by center Tyler Orlosky and cornerback Rasul Douglas, are now being recognized for their contributions on the field to deliver West Virginia their best record since the 2007 season. We will be updating this list as more recognition is awarded in the coming days. Dana...
The Smoking Musket Dec 7, 2016
West Virginia Smears Western Carolina, 90-37

West Virginia Smears Western Carolina, 90-37

The Mountaineers leave Charlie West with an absolute beat down of the Catamounts. Four Mountaineers scored in double figures as WVU picked up the easy win in Charleston against Western Carolina. Esa Ahmad had arguably the best performance for West Virginia with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Jevon Carter had 13, Elijah Macon had 11 and Teyvon Myers had 10. Lamont West led the freshmen in scoring with 7 points and Sagaba Konate led the freshmen in rebounds with 4. Western Carolina was taken out of the game early as WVU jumped out to a 30-5 lead during the first 10:11 in the first half. WVU...
The Smoking Musket Dec 7, 2016
West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Western Carolina Catamounts Preview: Season 108 Episode 8 - The One In Our State’s Capital

West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Western Carolina Catamounts Preview: Season 108 Episode 8 - The One In Our State’s Capital

After a HUGE win at Virginia, the Mountaineers return to action at the Civic Center to continue the stat-padding portion of the schedule. OPENING THOUGHTS Oh my goodness, wow! I still can’t believe it! We beat UVA! I actually had to watch it again twice to make sure it really happened. Side note, it is nice to see UVA lose in anything after the whole 2002 Continental Tire Bowl thing. If you don’t know about that, you can click here. If you actually look at the game, you can actually see that WVU walked into John Paul Jones Arena (a place where the Cavaliers had not lost since...
The Smoking Musket Dec 6, 2016
Morgantown: A Big 12 Fan's First Trip To

Morgantown: A Big 12 Fan's First Trip To "Almost Heaven" Retrospective

Pete Mundo, of Heartland College Sports, looks back on his trip to Morgantown for the Baylor game, including stops at local establishments, game day, and more! Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown: WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. Football: Morgantown, West Virginia: A Big 12 fan’s first trip to ‘Almost Heaven’ | Heartland College SportsPete Mundo, of Heartland College Sports, went on the road last weekend, paying a visit to Morgantown, West Virginia to watch the Mountaineers take on the...
The Smoking Musket Dec 5, 2016
What I Think After Ten Wins

What I Think After Ten Wins

The Mountaineers didn’t put away Baylor but TEN WIN ACHIEVEMENT! I think I’m proud to be a Mountaineer Skyler Howard is introduced to the loudest ovation on Senior Day for #WVU A video posted by Geoff Coyle (@gfcoyle) on Dec 3, 2016 at 12:51pm PST Skyler has had his ups and downs here at West Virginia. He’s not the best quarterback we’ve ever had but he certainly is going to go down in the record books as one of the most prolific. Solidly third all time in career passing yards, Skyler only played two-plus seasons here in Morgantown. He has a chance with a solid bowl game...
The Smoking Musket Dec 4, 2016
WVU Women's Soccer Falls in National Championship to USC Trojans

WVU Women's Soccer Falls in National Championship to USC Trojans

The Fighting Nikkis could not find the composure in the final as the Trojans did better to finish the opportunities that fell to them. The West Virginia women's soccer team came up short in their quest for the first women's team championship in school history, falling to USC 3-1 in the Women's College Cup Final in San Jose, California. Ultimately, the Trojans able to take advantage of their opportunities better than the Mountaineers. WVU fell behind on a first-minute goal by Morgan Andrews. The Mountaineers leveled the match in the 66th minute with a long strike by Ashley Lawrence. Despite...
The Smoking Musket Dec 4, 2016
NCAA College Cup Final Game Thread: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. USC Trojans

NCAA College Cup Final Game Thread: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. USC Trojans

Join in the running commentary as the West Virginia women’s soccer team squares off with the USC Trojans with a National Championship on the line. The West Virginia University women’s soccer team has a chance to win their first National Championship today when they take on the USC Trojans in the NCAA College Cup final. A win today would also give West Virginia University their first non-rifle National Championship. Here's our preview. Television coverage for today's football game is being provided by ESPNU (live stream on WatchESPN) beginning at 6:00 PM ET. So, find a comfortable spot,...
The Smoking Musket Dec 4, 2016
The West Virginia Mountaineers will play the Miami Hurricanes in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida

The West Virginia Mountaineers will play the Miami Hurricanes in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida

The Mountaineers will be spending the holidays in the Sunshine State The West Virginia Mountaineers will spend the holidays in Orlando, Florida for the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Mountaineers will face off against a familiar foe, as they take on the ACC’s Miami Hurricanes on December 28, at 5:30 p.m. ET. The Mountaineers closed out an outstanding 10-2 season on Saturday with a 24-21 win over the Baylor Bears. WVU finished with a 7-2 record in the Big 12, good enough for third place in the conference. West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, who was just signed an extension to stay at the...
The Smoking Musket Dec 4, 2016
West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. USC Trojans Preview: NCAA Women’s Soccer NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!

West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. USC Trojans Preview: NCAA Women’s Soccer NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!

Nikki Izzo Brown has led the Mountaineers to the brink of a national title and all that stands in their way are the women of Troy. OPENING THOUGHTS I said it earlier in the weekend and I’m saying it again now. WOW. These women have done so much for the soccer program and for the university this season. If they can pull off this win and bring a title back to Morgantown, it would be a cherry on top of what has already been a fantastic weekend in WVU athletics. The Mountaineers got to the final by dominating perennial powerhouse North Carolina defense. West Virginia kept the Tar Heels from...
The Smoking Musket Dec 3, 2016
West Virginia Mountaineers Overcome Early Struggles To Defeat Virginia 66-57

West Virginia Mountaineers Overcome Early Struggles To Defeat Virginia 66-57

West Virginia overcame early game shooting and turnover woes to defeat the Virginia Cavaliers on the road. Watching the Mountaineers in the early parts of this afternoons game against the sixth ranked Virginia Cavaliers, you wouldn’t know West Virginia was going to come away with a huge win. However, WVU corrected their mistakes and pulled out a tough win on the road snapping UVA’s 24 game home winning streak. WVU was lead by Junior Jevon Carter who registered 11 points and five assists. Morgantown, West Virginia native Nathan Adrian followed closely behind with 10 points and five...
The Smoking Musket Dec 3, 2016
The Smoking Musket Podcast: Basketball Episode 2 - NIT Season Tip-Off Review and Virginia Preview

The Smoking Musket Podcast: Basketball Episode 2 - NIT Season Tip-Off Review and Virginia Preview

Bart and John discuss the highs and lows of WVU’s NIT Season Tip-Off run and preview the upcoming game with Virginia NO SLEEP TILL CHARLOTTESVILLE Podcast Episode Info: [43:54] Bart and John start this episode by reviewing the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament games WVU played against Illinois and Temple, breaking down the good and the bad from each and the whole. Then, they discuss how WVU was able to destroy Manhattan at the Coliseum. Finally, Bart and John look ahead to the Mountaineers’ date with the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Virginia, and why this non-conference game is...
The Smoking Musket Dec 3, 2016
How to Watch/Listen to West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Baylor Bears

How to Watch/Listen to West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Baylor Bears

Don't miss a minute of the action as the Mountaineers finish out the regular season and take their shot at ten wins. How to Watch the West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Baylor Bears Time: 3:30 PM ET Location: Milan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, West “By God” Virginia TV: Fox Sports 1 Cable: Check your cable listing DirecTV: Channel 219 Dish: Channel 150 Online Streaming: Fans can stream the game on FOXSportsGo, 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, or don’t live...
The Smoking Musket Dec 3, 2016
West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Virginia Cavaliers Preview: Season 108 Episode 7 - The Measuring Stick

West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Virginia Cavaliers Preview: Season 108 Episode 7 - The Measuring Stick

The Mountaineers head to Charlottesville for their first real test before conference play. OPENING THOUGHTS Well, this is the game. This is the game where we really figure out how good the Mountaineers are. We’ve seen them be dominant, and in the Temple game we saw the best and worst of the West Virginia and now we can see what we can expect in conference play. If you’re going to be watching the Baylor game from home, I highly recommend trying to catch as much of this as possible before the football game kicks off because this is the only real game WVU has until December...
The Smoking Musket Dec 2, 2016
West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Baylor Bears Preview: Season 124 Episode 12 - The One For Ten

West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Baylor Bears Preview: Season 124 Episode 12 - The One For Ten

The Mountaineers return to Morgantown one last time this season to take on the controversial and imploding Baylor Bears. OPENING THOUGHTS The only team left in the way of that 10th win is the controversial Baylor Bears. They’re crumbling, they’re polarizing, they’re coming to Morgantown.For the first time since joining the Big 12, the Mountaineers are on the doorstep of a 10th win and will (barring something unforeseen) will go to a pretty choice bowl game. We all have opinions on the scandal of 30 for 30 proportions going on at Baylor. I personally think the NCAA should pull an SMU...
The Smoking Musket Dec 2, 2016
WVU Women’s Soccer Can Make History Today

WVU Women’s Soccer Can Make History Today

Finally, Nikki Izzo-Brown has taken her women’s soccer team to the Women’s College Cup. What lies ahead for the Mountaineers in San Jose? The best program in women’s soccer history. West Virginia University women’s soccer team is set to make its first appearance in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship semifinal round, called the College Cup. The No. 1-seeded Mountaineers will face No. 2 seed North Carolina at 5 p.m., at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, airing on ESPNU. A win would make the women’s soccer team the first women’s athletic team to compete for a national...
The Smoking Musket Dec 1, 2016
West Virginia Thread Alert: Baylor 2014 Redux

West Virginia Thread Alert: Baylor 2014 Redux

Harkening back to the last time the Mountaineers beat a ranked team, WVU will wear my favorite combination in the final regular season game of 2016. The West Virginia Mountaineers will conclude their 2016 regular season with the Baylor Bears on Saturday. The team will wear what I consider to be the best looking uniforms: blue helmets, blue jerseys and white pants. I know this isn’t the traditional blue/blue/yellow that defines the Mountaineers but the visual for me is so much better. This will be the second time the Mountaineers have worn this specific uniform combination this year...
The Smoking Musket Dec 1, 2016
West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Preview: NCAA Women’s Soccer Final Four

West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Preview: NCAA Women’s Soccer Final Four

The Mountaineer women’s soccer team heads to the San Francisco Bay Area on a business trip to try to bring home WVU’s first non-rifle national championship. OPENING THOUGHTS All I have to say about this team is WOW. The WVU women’s soccer team has brought attention to the sport within the state with their success and it is obvious we have one of the best soccer coaches in history in Nikki Izzo-Brown. Their magical season has been incredible to watch and we look forward to seeing them bring home the College Cup. They also have the support of other Mountaineer coaches: "Okay. I wanted...
The Smoking Musket Nov 30, 2016

Planning Your Post-Christmas Vacation

WVU is going bowling, but where? Let’s take a look at all the bowl projections for the Mountaineers. It’s always a good thing to be playing football at the end of December. I know some games don’t carry the same prestige or weight as others, but playing football after Christmas is a mark of a decent season. The Mountaineers have already amassed a 9-2 record this season and sit firmly in third place in the Big 12. Despite what happens on Saturday, WVU will finish third in the conference due to our superior record and win over Kansas State (the Snydercats are 5-3 in the conference and...
The Smoking Musket Nov 28, 2016

West Virginia forces record number of turnovers, blows past Manhattan 108-61

West Virginia scored 60 points in the first half. Manhattan finished with 61. The West Virginia Mountaineers are 5-1 and have the No. 6 ranked Virginia Cavaliers squarely in their sight after dominating the Manhattan Jaspers, 108-61, to finish out the NIT Season Tip-Off. The Mountaineers jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead, and never took their foot off the pedal after that. West Virginia would go on to score 60 points in the first half, marking the 55th time a Mountaineer team has scored 60 or more points in a half. It is also the first time since 1996 that West Virginia has scored 60 or more...
The Smoking Musket Nov 28, 2016

WSOC Downs Duke, Advances to NCAA College Cup for First Time in Program History

Nikki Izzo-Brown takes the Mountaineers to the final four of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship for the first time in program history after defeating the Blue Devils 1-0 in Morgantown. On Saturday, November 26, something historic happened in Morgantown, West Virginia. For the first time in program history, the WVU women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Women’s College Cup—the “Final Four” of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. The No. 1-seeded Mountaineers defeated the No. 3 seed Duke Blue Devils 1-0 in the Elite Eight matchup at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The...

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