West Virginia Sports

Big 12 Red River rivalry has Oklahoma and Texas both ranked

By The Associated Press GAME OF THE WEEK No. 18 Texas (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) vs. No. 7 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0). For the first time since 2012, the Longhorns and Sooners are both ranked for their annual matchup at the State Fair of Texas where the crowd splits 50-50 in burnt orange and crimson. ...

AP Top 25: West Virginia Cracks top 10 for first time since 2012

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer After winning top-10 matchups, Ohio State moved up to No. 3 and Notre Dame rose to No. 6 in The Associated Press college football poll, with West Virginia coming in at 9. For the second straight week, there was major turnover at the bottom of the ...

Green, Brady lift Marshall past Western Kentucky 20-17

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Isaiah Green threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tyre Brady with 1:44 left and gave Marshall a 20-17 win over Western Kentucky in a conference opener Saturday night. Green threw for 288 yards and two scores — both to Brady — for the Thundering Herd (3-1, 1-0 ...

Stephens’ wild pitch in 10th sends Pirates over Reds 6-5

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison put arms around each other as they walked off the field after Pittsburgh's season-ending victory, enjoying perhaps their final moment together on a Pirates team they helped resurrect. Pablo Reyes scored on Jackson ...

Heisman hopeful Grier leads WVU against young Texas Tech QB

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — West Virginia launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for Will Grier over the summer and the senior quarterback for the No. 12 Mountaineers has certainly backed it up. So has Alan Bowman, the true freshman for No. 25 Texas Tech who got ...

Moran plates 3, Pirates get 7th straight win over Reds 8-4

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The Pirates decided to give Jung Ho Kang a few at-bats this weekend as a reward for working back from wrist surgery. His first plate appearance in two years was a hit. Kang had a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning as Pittsburgh pulled away ...

WVU-Texas Tech matches top Big 12 QBs, a senior and freshman

By The Associated Press GAME OF THE WEEK No 12 West Virginia (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 25 Texas Tech (3-1, 1-0). Will Grier, the senior Heisman Trophy hopeful for the Mountaineers, goes against the only Big 12 quarterback throwing for more yards per game — Red Raiders true freshman Alan ...

Cubs clinch 4th straight playoff spot, top Pirates 7-6 in 10

By JOHN JACKSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo thought he'd caught the foul ball. Many others at Wrigley Field, meanwhile, thought about Steve Bartman. Despite a play that reminded Cubs fans of what went wrong many years ago, Chicago wound up clinching its fourth straight ...

Roethlisberger shines, Steelers hold off Buccaneers 30-27

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It was not the way Ben Roethlisberger would draw it up, but the Pittsburgh Steelers will take it. In desperate need of a win, the two-time defending AFC North champions capped a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made ...

Taillon outpitches Hamels, Pirates beat Cubs 5-1

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run. They'll have to wait at least another day for a playoff party. Jameson Taillon outpitched Hamels, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer and ...

Pirates blank Brewers, 3-0

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers' playoff push was slowed by a nemesis. Milwaukee's offense was stymied when Trevor Williams combined with three relievers on a five-hitter that led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-0 victory Saturday night. "He's ...

Grier throws 5 TDs, No. 12 WVU rocks Kansas State 35-6

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen isn't worried about quarterback Will Grier being overwhelmed by the attention and pressure that comes with being a Heisman Trophy candidate. Grier has thrown far too many passes. Played in far too ...

Finley leads NC State over Marshall 37-20

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — North Carolina State remains unbeaten after its first road trip and after being handed a week off by Hurricane Florence. Ryan Finley threw for 377 yards and a touchdown to lead North Carolina State to a 37-20 victory over Marshall on ...

No. 12 West Virginia returns from break, hosts Kansas State

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer West Virginia quarterback Will Grier would prefer not going down to the wire this time against Kansas State. Grier struggled in the second half a year ago against the Wildcats' defense, West Virginia didn't score after halftime and was lucky to escape with a ...

Marshall, NC State return from week off following hurricane

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — North Carolina State and Marshall both have one fewer game to help prepare for the fast-approaching start of their conference seasons. The Wolfpack (2-0) are eager to return from the unwanted break caused by Hurricane Florence and must ...

Cullen powers Penguins past Blue Jackets

By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Cullen scored two goals and had an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-3 preseason win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Zach Trotman, Garrett Wilson, Adam Johnson, Juuso Riikola and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh. ...

Lavarnway drives in winning run, Pirates top Royals in 11

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Lavarnway was an unlikely candidate to get a big hit in a pressure situation for the Pirates. The 30-year-old fourth-string catcher was playing his 142nd career game, spread out over seven seasons with five teams, and spent most of ...

Rookie Stallings caps Pirates’ 7-6 comeback win over Royals

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jacob Stallings has 19 hits in parts of three major league seasons, and the rookie third-string catcher has made a some of them count. Stallings hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Pittsburgh Pirates to a ...

Pirates Top Brewers, 3-2

By COLIN FLY, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers manager Craig Counsell says every day is going to be difficult during the final two weeks of the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates showed why. Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana hit back-to-back home runs to begin the ninth ...

Mahomes spreading the love for unbeaten Chiefs

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Patrick Mahomes is taking a democratic approach to his new job. Get open and the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback will get you the ball. The proof came on Sunday in Pittsburgh in a record-setting 42-37 victory over the Steelers. The ...