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""Turtle Soup""

Skylar Howard tosses 4 TD passes, WVU rolls 45-7
Mountaineers now Ranked at #21 after Rout of Turtles

Wendell Smallwood nets 147 as West Virginia rushes for 304 yards.

Next Up: #14 Oklahoma Sooners in Norman Oklahoma this Saturday at Noon on FOX Sports

WOW, what a sharp performance by our newly ranked #22 West Virginia Mountaineers as they dominated the Turtles as they say in "All 3 phases of the game" This 2015 edition of the Mountaineers certainly appears to be a well rounded football team with a very solid defense with a strong secondary, sound play at linebacker and tough upfront. This is clearly the best defensive squad that WVU has had since Dana Holgerson has been in Morgantown with a lot of talent and solid depth. There are a few national statistics of note 3 games into the season. The first notable stat is scoring defense which finds the West Virginia Mountaineers leading the Nation allowing just 7.7 point per game.

This total should be considerably better if not for some lackadaisical play late in the Liberty game. Another outstanding defensive statistic is Turnover Margin which finds the Mountaineers again leading the Nation with a +9 basically generating 3 more turnovers per contest than they commit. Pretty impressive stuff even though we are just 3 games into the season as the other programs that are close to WVU in these two important defensive team categories have all played 4 games. Of course we must not forget senior Karl Josephs 4 interceptions that have him tied with Arti Burns of the Miami Hurricanes for most interceptions in the nation.

Offensively this appear to be the most balanced offense that West Virginia has had in many years as they can run the football effectively with Wendell Smallwood and Rushel Shell as they combined for 224 yards against the Turtles on Saturday as WVU racked up 304 yards on the ground. Skylar Howard has thus far shown to be a confident mobile efficient quarterback throwing for 294 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Turtles while leading the Mountaineers to over 600 yards of total offense. The Mountaineer passing attack can be a problem for anyone, particularly if the very talented young receivers continue to develop as the season moves along. Right now WVU has a great mix of talented experienced receivers that Skylar Howard can look to in junior Daikiel Shorts and senior Jordan Thompson along with speedy young outside deep threats like sophomore Shelton Gibson and true freshman Jovon Durante.

Of course having said all that they have only played on Power 5 opponent thus far so we really do need to see how this talented Mountaineer team performs on the road this coming Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma. We should know a lot more about the Mountaineers after this game win or lose. As for Saturdays 52 edition of the "Tussle with the Turtles" West Virginia certainly avenged the 37-0 defeat in Washington DC a couple year ago in a game that coach Dana Holgerson continues to refer to as the worst game he has ever been associated with as a football coach. The game Saturday was really no contest from the start as the Mountaineers jumped on the Turtles right out of the box racing to a 21-0 first quarter lead on their first three possessions with a pair of Skylar Howard td passes to Elijah Wellman for 7 yards and to super sophomore Shelton Gibson for 15 yards with a 4 yard Wendell Smallwood td run in between.

The Turtles simply had no idea what hit them. At the 10:36 mark of the second quarter Howard hooked up with Shelton Gibson on a 43 yard touchdown reception on what was the most perfectly thrown pass Skylar Howard has ever thrown in his short time at West Virginia as Gibson basically got behind the defender and the ball simply dropped into his lap as he was about 4 yards into the end zone. Absolutely a thing of beauty and just like that it was a 28-0 game and this rivalry game was a rout. After 6 consecutive Maryland drives that produce 5 consecutive punts followed by a Terrell Chestnut interception at midfield the Mountaineers would again find the end zone, this time with Rushel Shell capping a 7 play 50 yard drive with a 2 yard td run and with 5:37 to go in the first half it was an incredible 35-0 Mountaineer lead.

If you had not figured out it was WVU's day the next Maryland series was a clear indication as Turtles tailback Brandon Ross rumbled for 55 to the Mountaineer 4 yard line but fumbled the ball through the end zone for a touch back and the long run went for naught. Josh Lambert, who struggled a bit in this game, closed out the scoring in the first half with a 48 yard field goal as time expired and WVU went to the locker room holding a commanding 38-0 lead. In the second half the Mountaineers appeared to be on cruise control but Skylar Howard would add on final td pass to Daikiel Shorts at the 12:48 mark of the 4th quarter and West Virginia had a very impressive 45-7 victory.

Now the Mountaineers are heading to Norman Oklahoma to face the #14 ranked Sooners at noon on FOX Sports 1 this Saturday. We will certainly know where we are after this game. As we all know the schedule is not kind to West Virginia with the "Gauntlet" of Oklahoma on the road, Oklahoma State in Morgantown, TCU and Baylor both on the road in 4 consecutive weeks Ouch!!. If WVU can win two of those games this could turn into a very good season and if they could win three of those games this could be an outstanding season.

Take care all and until next time.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Mountaineers!!!!!!!

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Game Date Game Time Opponent/Location                 Event Televised    Game Score
09/05/15   7:30 PM  Georgia Southern
Non-League game

Fireworks Night
Fox Sports 1 West Virginia                    44
Georgia Southern                0
09/12/15 3:00 PM  Liberty
 Morgantown, WV   
Non League Game

Family Day
Root Sports West Virginia                    41
Liberty                               17
09/26/15 3:00 PM  Maryland
 Morgantown, Wv  
Rivalry Game
(52nd Meeting)
Gold Rush
FOX Sports 1 West Virginia                   45
Maryland                            6
10/03/15 Noon  Oklahoma
 Norman, OK     
Big 12 Game FOX West Virginia                  
10/10/15 TBA  Oklahoma St
Big 12 Game
Stripe Stadium
TBA West Virginia                
Oklahoma St                            
10/17/15 TBA Baylor
Waco, TX       
Big 12 Game TBA West Virginia                 
10/29/15 7:30 pm Texas Christian
Horned Frogs
Fort Worth, TX
Big 12 Game Fox Sports 1 West Virginia                
11/07/15 TBA Texas Tech
Red Raiders
Morgantown, Wv   
Big 12 Game
Mountaineer Week
TBA West Virginia                
Texas Tech                  
11/14/15 TBA Texas
Morgantown, WV     
Big 12 Game
True Blue
TBA West Virginia               
11/21/15 TBA Kansas
Laurence, Ks
Big 12 Game TBA West Virginia               
11/28/15 TBA Iowa State
Morgantown, WV   
Big 12 Game
Senior Day
TBA West Virginia              
Iowa St                     
12/05/15 TBA Kansas Stste
Manhattan, KS   
Big 12 Game
TBA West Virginia              
Kansas St                          
00/00/00 TBA
Bowl Game   
TBA West Virginia               

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