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West Virginia Sports

What’s the ceiling for UC, BYU, Marshall, Coastal & Liberty?

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Before the pandemic forced most schools to tear up their schedules, Marshall had an interesting September slate. The Thundering Herd was set to play rebuilding East Carolina and perennial MAC contender Ohio on the road and Pittsburgh and Boise ...

Bedlam potentially big implications for Big 12 title game

By The Associated Press undefined Some things to watch in the Big 12 Conference on Saturday, when there are only two games after Texas at Kansas was rescheduled for Dec. 12 because of COVID-19 issues in the Jayhawks program. The four teams that played last week already had scheduled open ...

Big 12 Preview: No. 4 Baylor women favored, eager to begin

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Baylor coach Kim Mulkey has had the same feeling for more than eight months, since the abrupt end of the season without the Lady Bears getting to play in the Big 12 tournament or having a chance to defend their 2019 national championship. "I don't have an ...

Big 12 title game could have a familiar look or 1st-timers

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer With a month to go before the Big 12 championship game, No. 18 Oklahoma and No. 22 Texas both have paths to another Red River rivalry matchup in December. There are also plenty of ways to mix things up for a title game that has long ended bathed in crimson ...

Big 12 title game set for Dec. 19 with tickets going on sale

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 plans to play its football championship game Dec. 19 after previously listing that Saturday and the preceding one as tentative dates. The conference's first public acknowledgment of a set date came Monday when it announced that a limited number of tickets will ...

Wells, Knox, No. 16 Marshall outmuscle Massachusetts 51-10

By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Once Brenden Knox got the ball, No. 16 Marshall was off and running. Knox scored twice in the first quarter, Grant Wells threw three touchdown passes and the Thundering Herd stayed perfect, pummeling Massachusetts 51-10 on ...

No. 22 Texas’ defense holds off West Virginia, 17-13

By MARK ROSNER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas secondary has experienced issues this season, allowing some long completions and committing too many pass interference penalties. But on Saturday, the Longhorns' defensive backs made critical plays. Texas stopped West Virginia ...

Baylor tabbed Big 12 men’s basketball favorite; WVU third

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Baylor has been tabbed by Big 12 coaches as the favorite to win the conference title this season, with the Bears returning four starters from a team that likely would have been a No. 1 seed if there had been an NCAA Tournament last spring. In the preseason poll released ...

No. 16 K-State goes after 5th straight win at West Virginia

By The Associated Press undefined No. 16 Kansas State (4-1, 4-0 Big 12) at West Virginia (3-2, 2-2), Saturday at noon (ESPN2). Line: West Virginia by 3 1/2. Series record: Tied 5-5. WHAT'S AT STAKE? First-place Kansas State is looking for its first 5-0 start in the Big 12 since 2014. ...

Freshmen duo leads No. 16 Kansas State to West Virginia

By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer A pair of freshman have helped lead No. 16 Kansas State's rise to the top of the Big 12 standings. Quarterback Will Howard and running back Deuce Vaughn certainly haven't done it by themselves, surrounded by some special teams magic and defensive stops along the ...

McPhearson fumble return lifts Texas Tech over West Virginia

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Cornerback Zech McPhearson returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown with 8:44 left to lift Texas Tech to a 34-27 victory over West Virginia on Saturday night. West Virginia's Sam James caught a short pass from Jarret Doege but fumbled on a hit from Jacob Morganstern. ...

Wells throws 2 TD passes, No. 22 Marshall beats FAU 20-9

By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Redshirt freshman Grant Wells showed some poise in the pocket when No. 22 Marshall faced its first deficit of the season. Wells threw two touchdown passes, including a 41-yard strike for the go-ahead score, and the Thundering Herd beat ...

Steelers dominate early, hold off Titans for 27-24 win

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers stand alone as the AFC's last undefeated team thanks to a dominant start and a bit of late luck. Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson, and the Steelers remained perfect by ...

No. 22 Marshall schedules Nov. 7 game with Massachusetts

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — No. 22 Marshall has scheduled a Nov. 7 home football game against Massachusetts, athletic director Mike Hamrick said Monday. Unbeaten Marshall (4-0, 2-0 Conference USA) had three other games called off this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. "With so much ...

Spillane’s shot: Steelers LB primed to replace injured Bush

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Robert Spillane doesn't have Devin Bush's pedigree. He doesn't have Bush's speed or game experience either. That doesn't mean, however, that Spillane or the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers believe he can't fill in capably while Bush recovers ...

Pitt-iful: Browns try to end 16-game losing streak at Heinz

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer The Browns have been pitiful in Pittsburgh — for half a century. Whether playing in old Three Rivers Stadium or at Heinz Field, with its tricky winds and rowdy, towel-twirling fans, most of Cleveland's trips down the Turnpike and across the Pennsylvania state ...

Claypool’s climb: Steelers rookie WR drawing raves

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger predicted Chase Claypool's breakout. Now the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is gearing the rookie wide receiver for what comes next. Score four touchdowns in a game, as Claypool did in a 38-29 win over Philadelphia last ...

Kansas hopes to have coach Les Miles back at West Virginia

By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer Four games into the college season, West Virginia will finally welcome thousands of people to a home football game. Kansas plans to have coach Les Miles there, too. Miles announced last week that he tested positive for COVID-19 and has quarantined at his home. In ...

Same old Browns? Cleveland can quiet critics in Pittsburgh

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The trappings of a rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have lingered even as the results have grown remarkably one-sided. Bad blood. Trash talk. Emotionally charged games. The only thing the long-running series has ...

College football graduate transfers making immediate impacts

By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Tony Fields had the desert in his blood growing up in Las Vegas and as a three-year starter at Arizona. Heading to the tree-lined hills of West Virginia might seem like a whole 'nother world. For Fields, it was an easy choice. "I like ...