West Virginia Sports

Steelers defense talking, playing a good game

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The difference in the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier insists, isn't in what is happening after the snap, but before it. The kids like nose tackle Javon Hargrave, cornerback Artie Burns and safety Sean Davis ...

Grier, Crawford lead West Virginia over Delaware State 59-16

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen wasn't left discouraged by several early glitches in a blowout win over an FCS school. Holgorsen came away pleased overall despite several first-half turnovers on offense and his defense's inability ...

Marshall cruises to 21-0 win over Kent State

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Chase Litton threw for one touchdown and ran in another to lead Marshall to a 21-0 win over Kent State on Saturday night. Tyler King added a 29-yard touchdown and had 14 carries for 101 yards as Marshall (2-1) got its first shutout since last year's 62-0 win over ...

West Virginia wants defense to improve vs Delaware State

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's restructured defense has been porous in the first two weeks of the season and the coaching staff wants improvements quickly with the Big 12 opener just a week away. Blown pass coverages and long runs allowed have been ...

Big 12 SPOTLIGHT: Results show what 3 new coaches inherited

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer The situations inherited by the Big 12's three new head coaches are reflected in the results. Matt Rhule never expected his job at Baylor to be easy. It's not. Tom Herman took over a Texas program with plenty of ups and downs since winning the league's ...

University appeals order allowing Ohio man to play football

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio university on Friday appealed a judge's decision that would allow a man convicted of rape as a teen in a highly publicized case to be temporarily reinstated on the university football team. Ma'lik Richmond sued Youngstown State University earlier this week ...

WVU QB Will Grier the 3rd most popular brother in his family

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Two years after a promising career at Florida came crashing down, Will Grier is now the toast of West Virginia. He's still not the most famous person in his family. The junior who left Florida after being suspended for using a banned ...

Lewis, Moss, Urlacher among first-year nominees for HOF

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also part of the 108 early nominees who are eligible for the first time, having been retired for five ...

Ex-QB Sills thriving at wide receiver for West Virginia

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — After a couple of school transfers and position changes, West Virginia's David Sills has found his purpose in college football. Sills went from sought-after quarterback to wide receiver, back to quarterback, and now is one of the ...

Chicago Bears and former WVU WR Kevin White out with broken collarbone

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Wide receiver Kevin White suffered a broken collarbone against the Atlanta Falcons and will go on injured reserve for the third straight season. The Bears are not calling it a season-ending injury because they have the option of activating players on injured reserve ...

Finley throws 3 TDs, NC State beats Marshall 37-20

By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State's slow start had nothing to do with losing last week. The Wolfpack's strong finish had everything to do with finding a rhythm. Ryan Finley threw three touchdown passes and N.C. State beat Marshall 37-20 on ...

Grier throws 5 TDs, West Virginia thumps East Carolina 56-20

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Will Grier gave West Virginia fans the offensive show they had been waiting more than a year for. Grier threw five touchdown passes, including three to David Sills, to lead the Mountaineers to a 56-20 victory over East Carolina on ...

WVU coach Holgorsen adjusts to not calling offensive plays

JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — If West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen needs some alone time, all he has to do is put on a headset. Holgorsen relinquished offensive play-calling duties this season for the first time since becoming a head coach in 2011. That left him in ...

Watt’s Up: Steelers rookie T.J. Watt jumps into starting gig

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — T.J. Watt is a quick study. Growing up in a household with two older brothers, he didn't really have a choice. Adapt or get left behind. Quickly. Those childhood habits die hard for the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker. His mother ...

Avila delivers in 9th, Cubs top Pirates despite Cole’s gem

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — On a tough night for hitters in both lineups, Alex Avila didn't need to hit the ball hard to get the Cubs on the board. As it turned out, his broken-bat liner into the right-field corner was the only right-place, right-time shot of the ...

Jackson insists Browns focused on winning, not developing

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Hue Jackson has four quarterbacks, including a rookie starter, and not one has an NFL win on his resume. He's got only four cornerbacks, a new wide receiver with blazing speed but brittle hands, and a locker room still ...

Jake Arrieta exits with injury, Pirates rout Cubs 12-0

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Arrieta let the ball go and his right leg seized up in pain. And all of a sudden, Arrieta's sizzling second half came to an abrupt halt. Just, the Chicago Cubs ace hopes, a temporary one. Arrieta gave up home runs to Pittsburgh ...

No. 21 Virginia Tech beats No. 22 West Virginia 31-24

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer LANDOVER, Maryland (AP) — Virginia Tech made FedEx Field feel like Lane Stadium Northeast and got to bring that Black Diamond Trophy back to Blacksburg for the first time in more than a decade. Oh, and the Hokies' new quarterback looks like a ...

After 11 years, West Virginia-Virginia Tech renew rivalry

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer West Virginia and Virginia Tech played for bragging rights of the Appalachian region for decades, first meeting in 1912, becoming regular rivals in the 1950s and then turning it into an annual affair in the 1970s and '80s. The Mountaineers and ...

Top Big 12 rusher Crawford ready to lead No. 22 WVU

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer Justin Crawford arrived just before fall camp at West Virginia a year ago without the benefit of the program's offseason conditioning. The junior college transfer compiled 1,184 rushing yards despite sitting out most of four games with ankle and knee ...