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Tavon Austin induces nausea for Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads

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To give you a brief glimpse into what’s been contributing to West Virginia’s five-game losing streak, allow us to pass along the following:

WVU had 778 yards of offense, scored 49 points and didn’t lose the turnover battle against Oklahoma this weekend. And lost.

Specifically, Mountaineers receiver Tavon Austin rushed for 344 yards and two touchdowns (a school record). His all-purpose yards for the game: 572. That’s most in the FBS this season and a mere six yards short of the all-time FBS record.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops called it “Maybe the best performance I’ve ever seen.”

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads was impressed too, though he had a slightly different way of expressing it.

Never change, Paul. Never change.

The Cyclones will host the Mountaineers this weekend as WVU desperately seeks a sixth win to get bowl eligible. Will Austin see more time at running back (he played the position in high school)? It’s more than possible. Austin, in one game, has already become WVU’s second-leading rusher on the season.

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11 Responses to “Tavon Austin induces nausea for Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads”
  1. ukeone says: Nov 19, 2012 11:46 PM

    I followed that game…how can a team put-up 49 points, have 778 yards in total offense and still lose by just one point? No defense, that’s why! This particular game was totally un-FREAKING-believable…yet it was not nearly as mind-boggling as was the Kansas State/Baylor game. The Wildcats were completely defense-LESS (for a championship-bound team…and I was hoping they would be #1 at season’s end), as well as utterly clueless against a Bears squad that was pretty-much ‘out-of-sinc’ for much of the 2012 season…That’s when I puked IN COLOR: “PURPLE” (and I’m not from Kansas or a regular fan of theirs)! Well, get out your Rosaries and start racing through those beads ’cause Notre Dame just made a Hail Mary of a move to #1!…Now I’m puking IN TECHNICOLOR: O’BRIEN GREEN (damn it, where’s Louisiana-Lafayette when you really need them?)!

  2. thegamecocker says: Nov 20, 2012 9:02 AM

    @Ukeone

    LOL! Do you think the W. Va. Defensive Coordinator will be around after this season? Can you envision a career change for this individual?

  3. tubaplayingprof says: Nov 20, 2012 10:31 AM

    ” (damn it, where’s Louisiana-Lafayette when you really need them?)!” A blocked punt away from taking #7 Florida to Overtime in the Swamp. And making plans for a second bowl game.

    Dude, seriously, update your insults to some thing current.

  4. whoisedgy says: Nov 20, 2012 10:53 AM

    The Mountaineer defense and special teams have made me throw up all season.

  5. wvuandsteelers says: Nov 20, 2012 1:46 PM

    whoisedgy I agree with you 100%. If we had any defense at all we’re 7-3 and maybe even 8-2 (OSU). If Dana doesn’t dump his buddy as D-Coordinator, maybe WVU needs to dump him. This season has been a huge disappointment. Only other school that should be more disappointed is probably USC.

  6. ukeone says: Nov 20, 2012 3:22 PM

    tubaplayingprof said:
    Nov 20, 2012 10:31 AM

    ” (damn it, where’s Louisiana-Lafayette when you really need them?)!” A blocked punt away from taking #7 Florida to Overtime in the Swamp. And making plans for a second bowl game. Dude, seriously, update your insults to some thing current.”
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    tubaplayingprof:

    CURRENTLY, the likes of Louisiana-Lafayette (and similar lower-tier schools) could EASILY outdo WVU ‘defensively.’ Offensively, WVU has a lot of promising talent. However, unless the current head coach can release his ties with his buddy, the DC (and his assistants), WVU is going to have a very disappointing future with the Big12 (because they need a ‘strong defense’ if they’re going to survive the likes of Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Okla-State & Kansas State, etc.). Maybe they needed to stay where they were before coming to the Big12 because things aren’t CURRENTLY panning-out very well in their newest home. But, maybe time will tell otherwise, so everyone will just have to be a little patient and see how WVU responds to their CURRENT dilemma…And, apologies if I hurt your feelings in any way! CURRENT reality really hurts!

  7. ukeone says: Nov 20, 2012 3:36 PM

    thegamecocker said:
    Nov 20, 2012 9:02 AM

    @Ukeone

    LOL! Do you think the W. Va. Defensive Coordinator will be around after this season? Can you envision a career change for this individual?

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    No…just can’t say that I can. However, promoting him to ‘coach the WVU cheer-leading squad’ might be a better career change for him. (Those are some seriously talented ladies shaking some really BIG pom-poms…what a ‘real’ asset to WVU!) At least he won’t have to leave his ol’ buddy, the head coach, behind. Kissy-Kissy! LOL!

  8. inconsonance says: Nov 20, 2012 4:08 PM

    WVU’s entire defensive staff could be fired and replaced by an Indian tech support company with little to no difference in on-field results. It’d save the school a lot of money, and no one would have to put up with Joe DeForest’s stupid, alcoholic (allegedly), backward hat-wearing ass.

  9. tubaplayingprof says: Nov 20, 2012 5:25 PM

    ukeone. using the caps! I see what you did there! you win.

  10. ukeone says: Nov 21, 2012 2:16 AM

    tubaplayingprof:

    Where’s my trophy? Or do I get one of the cheerleaders? I’ll take the latter…just kidding :-)
    … have a great day, tubaplayingprof.

  11. godeepwvu says: Nov 21, 2012 5:18 AM

    WVU’s defense is just bad. But that is pretty much par for the course in the Big 12. No one plays great defense for any great period of time.

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