West Virginia Sports

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Is anybody good? Pretenders flail

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Some Saturdays it just sort of feels as if no one knows anything about college football when all the teams we thought were good don't play that way. It was one of those days when you could be excused for thinking that everybody's terrible — ...

Iowa State throttles No. 6 West Virginia 30-14

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer AMES, Iowa (AP) — It was arguably West Virginia's biggest test, on the road at night against a plucky Iowa State team with a stifling defense and a dangerous young quarterback. The sixth-ranked Mountaineers failed miserably. Freshman Brock Purdy threw for ...

Former Fairmont State coach Joe Retton dies

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Longtime Fairmont State University men's basketball coach Joe Retton, whose name is on the university basketball arena, has died. The university said in a news release Retton died Wednesday. He was head men's coach for the Falcons from 1963 to 1982, with a record of ...

Purdy good: Iowa State’s latest QB gives Cyclones options

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Thanks to Brock Purdy, Iowa State's playbook suddenly has many more options. Purdy's stunning performance in the upset of Oklahoma State in what essentially was the college debut for the true freshman gave the offense a new look and a new sense of confidence. Iowa State is ...

Grier has 4 TDs, 4 turnovers, No. 9 WVU beats Kansas 38-22

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — One messy game didn't diminish West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's confidence in Heisman Trophy hopeful Will Grier. Grier's four turnovers overshadowed a four-touchdown performance in No. 9 West Virginia's 38-22 victory over Kansas on ...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Texas tops Big 12; SEC East revival

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Texas has been losing the type of game it won on Saturday for nearly a decade. The Longhorns since 2009 had mastered the excruciatingly painful loss as they tried to find their way back (that word!) to being nationally relevant and a legitimate ...

No. 9 West Virginia hosts Kansas, looks to remain unbeaten

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen knew he had two of the Big 12's top wide receivers entering the 2018 season in David Sills V and Gary Jennings. At the moment, though, it's junior Marcus Simms putting together a breakout year. Simms ...

After 2nd half lull, WVU’s Grier looks to improve vs Kansas

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer Will Grier added to his Heisman Trophy campaign resume with an impressive first half against Texas Tech. The rest of the game was a bust. Grier is looking to have a better start-to-finish at home Saturday when No. 9 West Virginia (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) takes on ...

Big 12 Red River rivalry has Oklahoma and Texas both ranked

By The Associated Press GAME OF THE WEEK No. 18 Texas (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) vs. No. 7 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0). For the first time since 2012, the Longhorns and Sooners are both ranked for their annual matchup at the State Fair of Texas where the crowd splits 50-50 in burnt orange and crimson. ...

AP Top 25: West Virginia Cracks top 10 for first time since 2012

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer After winning top-10 matchups, Ohio State moved up to No. 3 and Notre Dame rose to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll, with West Virginia coming in at 9. For the second straight week, there was major turnover at the bottom of the ...

Green, Brady lift Marshall past Western Kentucky 20-17

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Isaiah Green threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tyre Brady with 1:44 left and gave Marshall a 20-17 win over Western Kentucky in a conference opener Saturday night. Green threw for 288 yards and two scores — both to Brady — for the Thundering Herd (3-1, 1-0 ...

Stephens’ wild pitch in 10th sends Pirates over Reds 6-5

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison put arms around each other as they walked off the field after Pittsburgh's season-ending victory, enjoying perhaps their final moment together on a Pirates team they helped resurrect. Pablo Reyes scored on Jackson ...

Heisman hopeful Grier leads WVU against young Texas Tech QB

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — West Virginia launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for Will Grier over the summer and the senior quarterback for the No. 12 Mountaineers has certainly backed it up. So has Alan Bowman, the true freshman for No. 25 Texas Tech who got ...

Moran plates 3, Pirates get 7th straight win over Reds 8-4

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Pirates decided to give Jung Ho Kang a few at-bats this weekend as a reward for working back from wrist surgery. His first plate appearance in two years was a hit. Kang had a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning as Pittsburgh pulled away ...

WVU-Texas Tech matches top Big 12 QBs, a senior and freshman

By The Associated Press GAME OF THE WEEK No 12 West Virginia (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 25 Texas Tech (3-1, 1-0). Will Grier, the senior Heisman Trophy hopeful for the Mountaineers, goes against the only Big 12 quarterback throwing for more yards per game — Red Raiders true freshman Alan ...

Cubs clinch 4th straight playoff spot, top Pirates 7-6 in 10

By JOHN JACKSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo thought he'd caught the foul ball. Many others at Wrigley Field, meanwhile, thought about Steve Bartman. Despite a play that reminded Cubs fans of what went wrong many years ago, Chicago wound up clinching its fourth straight ...

Roethlisberger shines, Steelers hold off Buccaneers 30-27

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It was not the way Ben Roethlisberger would draw it up, but the Pittsburgh Steelers will take it. In desperate need of a win, the two-time defending AFC North champions capped a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made ...

Taillon outpitches Hamels, Pirates beat Cubs 5-1

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run. They'll have to wait at least another day for a playoff party. Jameson Taillon outpitched Hamels, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer and ...

Pirates blank Brewers, 3-0

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers' playoff push was slowed by a nemesis. Milwaukee's offense was stymied when Trevor Williams combined with three relievers on a five-hitter that led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-0 victory Saturday night. "He's ...

Grier throws 5 TDs, No. 12 WVU rocks Kansas State 35-6

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen isn't worried about quarterback Will Grier being overwhelmed by the attention and pressure that comes with being a Heisman Trophy candidate. Grier has thrown far too many passes. Played in far too ...