Allan Taylor

Today October 20, 2016

Gold & Blue Lunch: Rufus Peabody’s math still loves the Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — We’ve heard from Rufus Peabody before, back on Sept. 1 in fact, when one-half of the sports analytics crew at the Massey-Peabody...

Highs and lows of first month find McKivitz stable at right tackle

The redshirt freshman takes role on veteran offensive line that has WVU on record-setting pace.

Yesterday October 19, 2016

The Lunch: West Virginia’s run game 25th nationally in YPC

Even injuries to Justin Crawford and Kennedy McKoy turned into positives after WVU returned from beating Texas Tech.

Tuesday October 18, 2016

Holdovers remain, but Holgorsen buries comparisons to 2012 squad

More from the coach's Tuesday news conference, plus Michael Ferns becomes a TD machine and Tony Gibson's emotional blitzing.

The Lunch: Big 12 takes condescending, embarrassing journey to non-expansion

Whereas the Big Ten and ACC grew bigger and richer through stealth maneuvering, the Big 12 staged an open casting call — and turned everyone away.

Monday October 17, 2016

West Virginia lands commitment from high-scoring Omaha wing

The 6-foot-6 small forward averaged 26.6 points and 12.3 rebounds last season, and his younger brother projects to be even more highly recruited.

Pitts turns to West Virginia second time around

Two weeks after decommitting from Penn State, the four-star safety and state's top prospect chose the Mountaineers.

Monday Lunch: Taking stock of WVU’s dominant road win

Tyler Orlosky drew a bogus flag — only his second holding penalty in 42 career games — but relished the offensive output nonetheless.

Did the Mountaineers become 2016’s Team of Dustiny?

Merely beating Texas Tech would’ve been a nice feather. Manhandling the Red Raiders 48-17 produced a shower of national bouquets and elevated WVU into contender status.

Saturday October 15, 2016

Mountaineers defense asserts its dominant side

Allan Taylor's column: Kliff Kingsbury said his offense looked "intimidated" while being overwhelmed by West Virginia 48-17.

‘Embarrassed’ Kingsbury had no qualms with West Virginia’s late TD

Outrushed 334-32, Texas Tech coach called Saturday's effort "the worst I've seen since I've been associated with Texas Tech."

Howard pleased that offense kept foot on the gas

LUBBOCK, Texas — West Virginia achieved its second-ever 5-0 start in the Big 12 era and produced the seventh-biggest yardage output in school history. Skyler...

Dana Holgorsen: ‘Our most complete win of the year, clearly’

Inside: Updating Justin Crawford's injury, revisiting Shelton Gibson's prediction, and feedback on Maurice Fleming's ejection.

Balanced, brassy West Virginia tames Texas Tech 48-17

Skyler Howard looked more like a record-smashing quarterback than did Patrick Mahomes and No. 20 West Virginia's defense made a bold statement in crushing the Red Raiders.

Photo gallery: West Virginia rolls in Lubbock

LUBBOCK, Texas — Check out the images from West Virginia’s dominant performance at Texas Tech.

Live blog: Mountaineers hold Texas Tech in check

Allan Taylor covers West Virginia-Texas Tech live from Jones AT&T Stadium.

Friday October 14, 2016

West Virginia defense not copping to shootout theory vs. Texas Tech

In this week's Four-Down Territory, Allan Taylor probes the storylines facing the No. 20 Mountaineers in Lubbock.

Friday Lunch picks: Here we go again

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — For final-score predictions with a side of Whitesnake, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and “Bewitched,” where else can you turn except the MetroNews sports crew?...

Thursday October 13, 2016

Picked 2nd in Big 12, West Virginia makes debut in scrimmage

Nate Adrian scored 19, Beetle Bolden's knee looked sturdy, and West Virginia coach Bob Huggins sounded mostly satisfied after preseason showcase in Wheeling.

Lunch combo: Hoops scrimmage and Texas Tech’s pudding-soft defense

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Leading into Thursday night’s intrasquad scrimmage in Wheeling, the Gold & Blue Lunch Report shows you why Bob Huggins’ team will be...

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