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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  • Protechcpa

    I have been watching over the last few weeks as many posting here have jumped all over those predicting a record like 4-7. Obviously, anyone who predicted WVU to go 4-7 was being generous. VERY generous. Now those who predicted 8-4 and 9-3 are the laughing stocks. We thought we had too many QBs, turns out we have none. Running back is solid, receivers were a pleasant surprise and the kicking game is great, but O line is inconsistent (what else is new) and the defense is just a 2012 rewind. May I remind you, we were playing W & M. Some thought it a disgrace that we lowered ourselves to schedule this team. Today was a disgrace. But for other reasons. One thing is certain. The two down linemen defensive set is a flop. Hope that goes away. Wake me up when we play Ga State. That may be the last game WVU has a chance to win this year.

  • lee arthur

    It's going to be a looooooooooooooong year .

  • richard

    this is going to be a long season. defense doesn't look good and pick a QB and stick with him. millard did look a little better this year but still more of the same old same old! rich rod doesn't look that bad now----neither does bill stewart.

  • leroy j gibbs

    I personally hope dana and the team will learn from this and grow. Its not going to be anything like the rich rod years for a while. Let's go mountaineers!

  • D.P.

    William - I very much missed your insightful commentary on the game. So wuz up Dawg? I forgot, Marshall is playing tonight and you've been spending all day getting "All prettied up" for the game tonight.

    I'm sure we'll all hear from about the WV game tomorrow - can't wait!!!

  • Duane

    I guess all the William haters are going to have to eat crow.... I can't stand William or any of the other big whoevers, but they were spot on with this team. This is going to be a looooonnnngggg season!

  • Duggie

    I am hoping Holgerson kept the best plays off the field so Oklahoma doesn't get a look at them. But if this was all........OH S%$T

  • Bobby M

    HA! HA! ha!

    I laugh at EVERYONE who gave me a hard time couple weeks ago for NOT drinking kool-aid and saying we MIGHT NOT be as good as were acting! HOW YOU like them apples NOW?

  • CaptainQ

    WVU needs to perform a LOT better than this if they're going to have a chance against Oklahoma next week. If they can't, it's going to be a LONG season....

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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!"