MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—The live in-game blog that originated from Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday, where WVU edged William & Mary 24-17 in the opener:

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3:09 p.m. W&M’s Graham is picked off by Darwin Cook and WVU might have just sealed it.

3:06 p.m. TOUCHDOWN MOUNTAINEERS! WVU moves 50 yards in eight plays, almost exclusively on the ground. Wendell Smallwood pounds it in from the 2. (24-17 with 3:22 left.)

2:59 p.m. There’s 7:02 left.WVU’s ball at midfield. Game tied at 17 with William & Mary. Is it winning time for Millard & Co.?

2:53 p.m. 3-and-out for WVU from its own 6. But O’Toole booms a 50-yard punt and Darwin Cook drops W&M returner back at 25. Flipping the field—something WVU never did last season.

2:48 p.m. 44-yard punt pins WVU at its own 6 with 9:53 to play.

2:45 p.m. Tribe escapes a 2nd-and-20 with Robert Asmar’s 21-yard catch, but subsequently is forced to punt at midfield.

2:37 p.m. WVU can’t convert on third-and-long, turns to Nick O’Toole’s nuclear foot for 56-yard punt. Tribe takes over at its own 22 with 13:14 left in regulation.

2:35 p.m. Today’s attendance: 56,350

2:34 p.m. W&M kicker John Carpenter hopes for a shining moment from 42 yards out and …. yick! Waaaaay wide left.

2:31 p.m. END OF THIRD QUARTER with W&M facing fourth-and-5 at the WVU 25.

2:29 p.m. W&M answers with a 40-yard strike to McBride, who came wide open when safety Darwin Cook bit on the run fake. Tribe now at WVU’s 30.

2:23 p.m. TOUCHDOWN MOUNTAINEERS! Millard slings a 69-yarder to Ronald Carswell running free down the middle. Tied at 17-all.

2:14 p.m. W&M seemed ready to counter until an unsportsmanlike penalty on Zack Fetters—blocking late near the pile—stalled the Tribe.

2:03 p.m. WVU storms out of the halftime lockerroom and drives to the W&M 5, but Sims is dropped by Jerome Couplin III’s shoestring tackle and WVU settles for a FG.  (Drive: 15 plays, 70 yards in 6:16)

1:33 p.m. END OF HALF: William & Mary stunning WVU 17-7.

1:31 p.m. WVU holds and forces W&M to a 29-yard kick by John Carpenter. But the Tribe extends lead to 17-7 just 23 seconds before half. (Drive: 7 plays, 22 yards in 48 seconds).

1:27 p.m. Graham has a potential TD dropped by Bo Revell, albeit with Karl Joseph about to blast him in the back of the end zone.

1:24 p.m. Millard re-enters for WVU, but he FUMBLES! after being hit by W&M’s Reilly. The Tribe recovers with Jasper Coleman plopping down on it at the Mountaineers’ 34.

1:17 p.m. 57-yard punt alert! Nick O’Toole’s booming ’em.

1:15 p.m. Trickett’s second straight three-and-out ends with a sack on third-and-8 as Quinton Spain gets bull-rushed by W&M’s Mike Reilly.

1:03 p.m. It’s “Trickett Time” in West Virginia. Millard had three drives and now it’s the other guy’s turn. After Mark Glowinski’s motion penalty, WVU can’t convert third-and-6 as Trickett’s pass is tipped away over the middle.

12:58 p.m. Michael Graham’s scrambles just across the goal line on third-and-5 and HEADS UP, the Tribe leads 14-7 with 8:56 left in the half. (Clock-chewing drive was 12 plays, 88 yards in 6:04.)

12:56 p.m. W&M moving again thanks to 19-yard catch by Darnell Laws and then BOOM! Trey McBride nabs 28-yard catch over Karl Joseph to the WVU 2.

12:49 p.m. Millard’s first-quarter line: 9-of-12 for 99 yards. Sims has seven carries for 46 yards.

12:48 p.m. END OF FIRST QUARTER. Tied at 7-7.

12:46 p.m. WVU stalls and punts.

12:41 p.m. Sims picks up third-and-short run at the WVU 17, before Ivan McCartney makes 11-yard catch on quick-hitter. Then Sims rips off 19-yard run to move ball to midfield.

12:39 p.m. WVU starts at its own 8 after Garrett Hope flagged for block in the back on kick return.

12:35 p.m. On third-and-goal from the 1, W&M ties it at 7-all on Michael Graham’s rollout pass to Darnell Laws. (Drive was six plays, 62 yards in 2:19)

12:32 p.m. W&M’s Trey McBride makes 40-yard leaping catch over WVU’s Icky Banks inside the 10. Big-time grab there.

12:27 p.m. Millard was 8-for-8 before a throw-away on third down. WVU’s second drive stalls at the W&M 38 leading to a 55-yard FG try by Josh Lambert … short and wide left.

12:23 p.m. Pat Eger draws the first holding call of 2013.

12:19 p.m. By the way, linebacker recruit Darrien Howard—who arrived on campus just last eight days ago—is dressed today.

12:17 p.m. Two straight 3-and-outs for the WVU defense. Yeah, it’s William & Mary, but still, progress is progress.

12:12 p.m. TOUCHDOWN Mountaineers! Charles Sims jukes in from 11 yards out. WVU’s scoring drive covers 67 yards in eight plays and 2:24.

12:11 p.m. Millard launches his Heisman campaign with 15-yard strike to Daikiel Shorts.

12:10 p.m. Paul Millard is your STARTING QB. (Cue confetti …) I feel like we just reached the finale of “Lost.”

12:06 p.m. Brandon Golson contributes tackleon his first snap as a Mountaineer, and WVU forces a three-and-out.

12:02 p.m. Michael Molinari wins the preseason kickoff derby for WVU.

11:58 a.m. Juco transfer receiver Kevin White is OUT for today’s opener. He was listed as questionable (foot) on Tuesday.

11:55 a.m. After construction of the new weightroom in the Milan Puskar complex, WVU is no longer running out of the corner tunnel, but from a cooler spot in the middle of the endzone.

11:49 a.m. My prediction for this game is 48-14, which gives WVU a half-point cushion on the spread. That’s completely coincidental.

11:45 a.m. By now you know from Twitterverse and WVRC’s three-hour pregame show that the Mountaineers are in all-blue uniforms today.

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  • Chris

    Go Pirates!

  • big tom

    Dwight Wallace,,, keep in mind they were 2-9 last yr, and 31 pts. dogs in this game

    secondary looks absolutely terrible, just like last yr... wait until we play a real team, like next sat.
    but our off. started 8 new people, our top four rushers weren't even on the team last yr.

    new corners,, new linebackers..
    when people talk abourt 8-4 and 7-5, it just shows just how little they know about wvu footall.
    unless there is drastic improvement, I don't think we'll win 5 games,,, I don't think we beat Maryland...the only game I see us favored in will be the ga state game...
    sad,how our program has fallen into a deep dark hole. I hope for the best but reality keeps hitting in the face.. .go eers.. i'm ready for some basketball

    • Allen

      Big Tom clueless again.

      You know there are times that WVU like William & Mary is considered a team that can not beat it's opponent and is out matched no matter what. Do you remember...Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Oklahoma 1982. Many other games as well...Sometimes the opponent no matter who steps up.

  • Joe Cool

    LOL @ Holgs trying to run up to score to make it appear less pathetic.

  • mark

    not impressed at all. next saturday could be a very long day.


    How disappointing, Tony DIDN'T say, after the win, "It's a great day to be a Mountaineer wherever you may be!"

  • Hop'sHip

    Well..... I think we might have a punter! Progress sometimes comes in small steps.

  • leroy j gibbs

    Oh they will win this game. W. M Will wear down. Just doesn't look promising when we play division 1 teams

  • joe S.

    If today is any indication, they could easily lose every game this year.
    It's William & Mary!

  • ducks in a row

    I mentioned a few weeks ago that Ford will lead WVU to many great wins this year. I never mentioned Paul or Clint.

    So much for the much improved WVU defense.

    No choice but to keep our hopes up. Second half could be better.

    • Allen

      You have no idea what a defense is ducky.

    • bva24

      Childress is 3rd string. How bad is he to be 3rd string on this team?

  • big tom

    if we don't win this one, there is a strong case we don't win anymore...

    I tried to tell people we aren't very good, in fact , poor, and I said when you have two qb's you have no qb..
    no one listens,,to reality...
    I see no reason to think the second half will be any different.
    can you believe the salaries we are paying these coaches?????

    LOL>.. dana is being outcoaches by laycock, easily.

  • Redford

    We will be lucky to win a game this year.

  • Bobby M


    • larry y

      The problem I have been watching for many years in a row, (way before Holg) has been the defensive backs never being in position to make a play on the ball in deep coverage, and all they can do is watch the receiver catch the ball 12 inches in front of them, 30 to 40 yards down field. I don't see any attempt to knock the ball away, or even know the ball is on its way. Is EVERY team's receiving crew that much better than our secondary?

      • Allen

        The guy was covered he made a fantastic catch.

  • leroy j gibbs

    Gonna be a long season

  • leroy j gibbs

    Defense? Where are you?

    • Allen

      It's obvious you have no idea what a defense is. I believe they played very well. People seem to forget the other team wants to win as well.