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New tenant for shuttered Entsorga building in Eastern Panhandle

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. –Waste-to-Fuel operations at the Entsorga plant in Martinsburg have been shut down for  more than a year.

Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority Chair Clint Hogbin

In the interim, trash, which had been used as fuel combusted, has caused multiple fires.  What’s more, the money that had been coming in to the local Solid Waste Authority dried up in the months since the April 2022 closure.

But that doesn’t mean efforts to get operations going again have slowed.  In the ensuing months, Entsorga’s bankruptcy status has cleared the way for the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority to get into the building and mitigate fire risk with the help of local waste hauler Apple Valley Waste.  A number of businesses have expressed interest in getting operations going again at the plant.

Meanwhile, Chair Clint Hogbin said until operations can get going again to transform trash into fuel, the BCSWA wants to at least have someone in the building.  That could mean a short-term leasing arrangement for Apple Valley Waste.

During their meeting last week, the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority board unanimously approved the short term lease agreement with Apple Valley Waste.

“Apple Valley indicates that they expect to be utilizing the facility starting October 1, 2023,” Hogbin said.

The move will allow Apple Valley Waste to use the facility as a transfer station.

“They won’t be making fuel for this period of time,” according to Hogbin, but it will allow the BCSWA to recoup the roughly $10,000 a month they have lost since Entsorga closed.

Clint Hogbin was a guest on the Sept. 18 edition of Panhandle Live. You can hear his full remarks on the Panhandle News Network Spotify.

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Top-ranked Marshall hangs on for 1-0 win over No. 3 Central Florida

— By David Walsh

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Adam Aoumaich’s first-half goal and a ruling to disallow Central Florida’s apparent tying goal in the closing seconds allowed Marshall to escape with a 1-0 win over the Knights on Saturday night at Hoops Family Field/Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

It was Marshall’s first home match as the No. 1 team in the nation and a record-crowd of 3,075 turned out and breathed a collective sigh of relief when that tying goal was waved off.

The Herd took the lead in the 24th minute when Pablo Simon sent a cross to Aoumaich who converted with his left foot on the back post run.

“We know each other,” Aoumaich said. “He sent the cross over and I got it in.”

The lead remained one until 25 seconds remained. That’s when Perrotta rolled the ball out for a kick downfield and most likely run out the clock. Instead, UCF’s Zane Bubb, who had gone off the field when the pass just moments earlier had gone out, snuck back in, slid and knocked the ball away from Perrotta, and also brought him down. The ball went to A.J. Seals, who fired the ball into an empty goal for the apparent tying goal.

While the Knights celebrated, the referee chose to review the play (on a tablet) and would determine the goal should not count because Bubb had not first reestablished himself.

Herd fans, shocked the the moment the play happened, let out shouts of joy when the decision got rendered and the Knights showed obvious disappointment.

“I thought, ‘oh my God’,” Aoumaich said of that goal. “Almost had a heart attack.”

Herd coach Chris Grassie said the official based the call on the fact Bubb had gone off the pitch.

“UCF played well,” Grassie said. “We should not have been in that position. We could’ve put the game away way earlier.”

Marshall is 2-0 in the Sun Belt Conference and 8-0-0 overall. This continues the team’s best start in program history.

It was Senior Night for the Herd. Those players recognized before the match were Aoumaich, Alexander Adjetey, Gabriel Perrotta, Gabe Sitler and Aymane Sordo.

UCF came in ranked No. 3 nationally, its highest position in school history.

Marshall also played without leading point-getter Matthew Bell (out on red card violation) and Theo Godard. Alvaro Garcia-Pascual, the transfer from Coastal Carolina, missed his second match to get over an injury.

“Down three players? Just shows the depth we have,” Aoumaich said.

Grassie should have all three back by Wednesday when the Herd takes on VCU in Richmond, Va. The two-game road trip wraps up Sunday when the Herd takes on Georgia State in Atlanta.

“How do I pick a team after that performance?” Grassie said.

Grassie said the lofty ranking serves as inspiration for the opponent.

“We have to understand we’re going to get everybody’s best shot,” Grassie said.

“Try your best and just play,” Aoumaich said.

Both Perrotta and Juanvi, keeper for UCF, finished with three saves each. The Knights, 4-1-2, are off to their best start since the 2011 season.

Marshall is 6-0 all-time against the Knights with one win coming in overtime. The first match between the two teams in 2012 was played at Hurricane High.

Marshall’s goal differential is now we (26-3) and record in the last 14 matches is 11-2-1. This is Perrott’s fourth clean sheet. He and Sitler also combined for one.

This was UCF’s first road match since a season-opening 2-1 win at No. 9 Clemson on August 24.

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Thrice as nice: Late stop helps West Virginia top Texas Tech 20-13 for Brown’s first 3-game win streak

(Neal Brown postgame press conference)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — With West Virginia coming off an emotional win over rival Pitt in last week’s Backyard Brawl, fifth-year Mountaineers’ head coach Neal Brown was eager to see how his team moved forward when it welcomed Texas Tech to Milan Puskar Stadium for the Big 12 opener to end a three-game home stand.

Brown didn’t have to search long or hard to motivate his team, knowing well the Mountaineers had lost four straight to the Red Raiders and never beaten them during his tenure in Morgantown.

Thanks to a second straight stingy defensive effort, the losing streak is no more and Brown has his first three-game win streak at WVU.

West Virginia came up with a defensive stand in the red zone in the game’s final minute, and its only quality drive of the second half produced what proved to be the winning points as the Mountaineers held off the Red Raiders, 20-13.

“We’re a prideful group,” Brown said. “We were embarrassed last year in Lubbock [a 48-10 loss]. Our guys heard about it all week. They were getting kicked by me and patted by everyone else. All I told them was let’s turn on the tape from last year. We’re a tough football team.” 

A crowd of 50,071 was on hand, though far fewer than that stuck around through the rain for the decisive sequence.

“The ones that stayed are super invested and it was super loud,” Brown said. “They had an effect on that game. It was similar to Iowa State in 2021.”

Trailing by seven points with 3:45 remaining, the Red Raiders took over at their 28-yard line. Texas Tech (1-3, 0-1) converted two fourth downs and benefited from Behren Morton’s 26-yard pass to Jordan Brown that was originally ruled incomplete, but overturned on review. The second fourth-down conversion positioned the Red Raiders at the WVU 11, but Morton, who earlier replaced the injured Tyler Shough, threw four straight incompletions to seal the result.

Morton was unable to connect with an open Jayden York on a third down throw into the end zone that was the Red Raiders’ best chance at a late touchdown.

“Doing everything we have to do to get a win,” WVU safety Aubrey Burks said. “Keeping our composure and knowing a situation like this, we’re built for it. We did whatever we had to do to get the job done.”

(Game highlights)

Morton’s 6-yard pass to Jerand Bradley with 11:54 remaining provided the Red Raiders with their first touchdown, cut the deficit to 13-10 and marked the first time an opponent reached the end zone against West Virginia (3-1, 1-0) since the third quarter of the Mountaineers’ first win against Duquesne two weeks ago.

Despite struggling offensively for much of the outing, West Virginia answered back.

The series began with a 15-yard facemask penalty on the Red Raiders, and soon after, quarterback Nicco Marchiol added a 17-yard run on a day he made his first career start in place of Garrett Greene, who did not play after being injured during the first quarter against Pitt.

Marchiol completed passes of 15 yards to Preston Fox and 8 to CJ Donaldson, before a pivotal pass interference call on third down allowed WVU to enter the red zone.

Two plays later, Marchiol found tight end Kole Taylor for a 9-yard touchdown on a well-designed play that made it a two-score game with 7:33 left.

“[WVU defensive end] Sean Martin comes off the field after Texas Tech scored that touchdown, and he got after me a little bit,” Marchiol said. “He got me fired up and said, ‘hey this is it and this is on you. What are you going to do?’ I perform a little better when there’s that tension.”

Taylor noticed a difference in Marchiol that series.

“He did a great job that drive. We let him open it up a little more,” Taylor said. “We ran the same concept a couple different times in a couple different ways and we did a good job of getting the ball to playmakers.”

Gino Garcia’s 34-yard field goal with 4:45 remaining cut WVU’s lead to seven, and the Mountaineers immediately followed with a three-and-out that included two incomplete passes, one of which was a downfield shot to wideout EJ Horton.

That left it up to the West Virginia defense. A week ago, the Mountaineers intercepted three passes. This time around, WVU held the Red Raiders to 2-for-18 on third down and allowed Texas Tech 56 total yards and two first downs in the first half.

“Having the will to get off the field and trying to get the ball back to the offense,” linebacker Trey Lathan said. ”That’s all we’re trying to do.”

(Greg Carey and Joe Brocato break down the game)

Still, an early interception from Malik Dunlap on an ill-advised throw from Marchiol allowed Texas Tech to score first as Garcia split the uprights on a 39-yard field goal despite the visitors gaining 14 yards that series.

WVU answered back, benefiting from a third down holding penalty in the red zone to score the game’s first touchdown on a 2-yard run by Donaldson. That left the Mountaineers with a 7-3 lead with 1:53 left in the first quarter.

Michael Hayes’ 28-yard field goal 6:34 before halftime upped the advantage to 10-3, though Marchiol was intercepted by Ben Roberts during West Virginia’s next series on a pass that first hit wideout Devin Carter.

While that allowed Texas Tech to start at midfield, the Red Raiders gained only 4 yards and Morton’s pass was incomplete on fourth-and-6.

“It’s about imposing your will in the Big 12,” Marchiol said, “and our guys are some of the toughest, meanest dudes.”

Hayes knocked home a 46-yard field goal late in the opening half to give the Mountaineers a 13-3 lead at the intermission.

West Virginia gained 171 yards through two quarters and had 10 of the game’s 12 first downs, creating somewhat of an empty feeling for Brown, who believed his team should’ve led by more than 10 at that time.

“I felt like it should’ve been anywhere from 20 to 27-3 at half,” Brown said.

Shough, a native of Chandler, Ariz., who like Marchiol played at Hamilton High School, suffered what appeared to be a significant injury in the final minute of the opening quarter on a 6-yard run that ended with him being brought down by linebackers Lee Kpogba and Ben Cutter.

He remained in the game for the next play and threw an incomplete pass, before being carted off the field.

An Oregon transfer in his third season at Texas Tech, Shough has been plagued by several injuries throughout his college career. The latest one is reportedly a broken fibula.

“I feel really bad for their quarterback,” Brown said. “He’s had some injuries. I hope it’s not as bad as it looked.”

Marchiol completed 12-of-21 passes for 78 yards. Wideout Traylon Ray connected with Taylor on a 21-yard double pass play, giving the Mountaineers 99 passing yards. West Virginia has failed to pass for 100 yards in each of its last two games, during which time the Mountaineers have totaled 159 yards through the air.

Marchiol added 72 rushing yards on 15 attempts to lead the Mountaineers on the ground. Donaldson added 48 yards on 15 attempts, though he had four carries for 4 yards after halftime.

“He wasn’t real sharp,” Brown said. ”He ran really hard in the first half. We couldn’t get him going in the second half. He’s fine. He’ll be ready to roll next week. He’ll play better.”

Texas Tech completed only 15-of-43 passes. Morton finished 13-for-37 with 158 yards. 

Red Raiders’ tailback Tahj Brooks rushed for 149 yards on 25 carries. Brooks gained all but 18 of those yards over the final two quarters.

“We didn’t want to give up shot plays. We were going to make them run it,” Brown said. “Credit them. They’re good coaches, too. They saw we were playing a light box. Brooks is a really good player. Sometimes we tackled him today and sometimes we did not. We’re not going to be the only defense he does that too.”

Defensive back Marcis Floyd and defensive lineman Davoan Hawkins each recorded a sack in the win. Floyd was also credited with three pass breakups in his second game this season after missing the first two due to injury.

“What a game by him,” Burks said. “Excited for him and what he’s going to bring to our defense the rest of the season.”

(Postgame “Round of Sound”)

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Marshall holds off Virginia Tech, 24-17

— By David Walsh

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall has logged another win against a Power 5 football team.

A year ago, the Thundering Herd shocked nationally-ranked Notre Dame. On Saturday, Marshall held on to defeat Virginia Tech, 24-17, in front of 31,475 fans at Joan C. Edwards Stadium and viewers watching the national broadcast on ESPN2. 

It’s Marshall’s first win over a Power 5 team at home since 2015 when the Green and White knocked off Purdue in front of a sellout crowd and ESPN2 national telecast.

The win looks good for the Herd (3-0) as it gets ready now for Sun Belt Conference play next Saturday at home against Old Dominion. It will be homecoming. Marshall coach Charles Huff prefers, though, not to make a big deal between the Power 5 and Group of 5 labels in college football. The Sun Belt is one of the top Group of 5 conferences.

“We have a Power 5 process, mentality,” Huff said. “Go out and prepare, play harder and execute consistently you’ve got a chance to win. Trust. Today be willing to do what it takes to win and you’ve got to do the same thing next week.”

Rasheen Ali, the Conference USA Freshman of the Year two seasons ago who missed all but three games a year ago due to a knee injury, carried 27 times for 174 yards and two scores. He had a 56-yard TD run in the second period as Marshall opened a 17-10 lead at the break. That’s the most first-half points for the Herd this season. His 1-yard TD run midway through the third quarter put the home team ahead, 24-10. On that drive, he ripped off a 61-yard dash.

Virginia Tech (1-3), which has lost three in a row, made it interesting late when quarterback Kyron Drones raced 16-yards for a score with 7:14 left to cut the margin to 24-17. The Hokies took over at their 19-yard line with 2:54 left and reached the Marshall 36. A fourth-and-six pass fell incomplete thanks to a breakup by Josh Moten. Prior to that play, the Atlantic Coast Conference member had fourth-and-1 only to suffer a false start penalty. Earlier on a fourth-and-3 at the Virginia Tech 26, Drones found Bahyshul Tuten for 19 yards.

“It’s always a great feeling to see the defense end the game,” Herd defensive back Micah Abraham said.

Moten said he just did his job.

“Fourth-and-one and we got them to jump,” Moten said. “I saw the running back move, knew it would be an option route. Trust my eyes and my technique. Credit to the team and coaching staff. They give me confidence to make a play like that.”

Drones made his second straight start in place of injured Grant Wells, the former Marshall quarterback who transferred to Virginia Tech last season. He had injured an ankle in a loss to Purdue and did not play last week in the loss at Rutgers.

Marshall started its lone scoring drive in the second half and its 2-yard line. A third-down pass interference call on the Hokies kept the drive going and set the stage for Ali’s 61-yard sprint.

Drones had both touchdowns come after the Hokies picked off passes by Herd quarterback Cam Fancher. Drones sped 31 yards for the TD on his team’s first possession and then had the closing score.

Other than those to scores, the Virginia Tech offense had limited success.

“A really good day. We were good enough to win,” Huff said. “Hat’s off to Virginia Tech. They’re not a 1-3 team. They’re a good football team. Our guys battled. It’s all about the process. Offense showed to be versatile, a balance between run and pass. We tried to be patient with the lead late.”

Tech did some things on offense on that first drive, but the Herd made the adjustments from that point on.

“We made a decision. If they beat us, he has to throw. We were able to stop the run and get them into passing situations On offense we were patient with the running game. Get ours, be patient, get more. They’re a Power 5 team with great ability. Somebody up front had to do something.”

Fancher finished with 166 yards passing on 16-of-27, including a 12-yard TD toss to DeMarcus in the second period. Huff said Fancher made quite the read on that play.

“It was all go if they jump,” Huff said. “That ball was not supposed to go to Marcus. It’s all the little storylines. It shows we’re improving.”

Marshall’s offense generated just 13 yards on 10 plays in the fourth, meaning the defense had to rise one more time.

“Find a way to make a team line up and make a snap one more time,” Huff said. “Holdin them to a field goal (early second quarter after a turnover) was a big deal.”

Virginia Tech had 344 total yards. After that field goal, the Hokies either turned the ball over or punted on seven straight possessions heading into the final period.

Ali said it would be likely be later Saturday when he realized his rushing numbers.

“Go home, sit back, relax and realize I got the numbers,” he said. “When I get an open lane, I look at the end zone and make the guys chase me down. The big thing is we got the win. Notre Dame or Virginia Tech, we set a standard. It’s a faceless opponent. Put everything together.”

Linebacker Eli Neal led the Herd with 10 stops. He said it was a matter of clamping down after the opening drive.

“They score. You can’t change that,” Neal said. “It’s a spitting image of the process. Have an intensity the other side of the ball can’t match. Stay disciplined. It paid off.”

Drones connected on 19-of-35 passes for 160 yards and ran for 75. Tuten led the rushers with 88 yards on nine carries.

Virginia Tech is off to its worst start since 2010 when the Hokies began 0-2 before charging back to finish 11-3. Virginia Tech begins ACC play next Saturday at home against Pitt.

This was Marshall’s first win over Virginia Tech in more than 80 years. It was the program’s first win over an ACC team since 2013 when it beat Maryland in the Military Bowl. Maryland has since joined the Big Ten. The Hokies lead the all-time series 11-3.

Virginia Tech’s coach is Brent Pry, whose father, Jim, played for Marshall’s Young Thundering Herd in 1971. Bill Roth, voice of the Hokies, once called football and basketball for Marshall.

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Wanted man shot and killed by police in Kanawha County

CROSS LANES, W.Va. — A wanted man was shot and killed by Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies Saturday evening.

According to authorities, the man was found at the Rodeway Motel on Goff Mountain Road in Cross Lanes. He got into his vehicle and attempted to drive away while shooting at deputies. Deputies returned fired and killed the man.

The man’s name was not immediately released. There was also no initial word on why he was wanted by police.

The sheriff’s department did release a statement Saturday night:

“To protect the integrity of this investigation, no names or further details can be released at this time as this is still very early in our investigation. Please expect a heavy police presence in the area for the next several hours and if possible, please try to avoid the area. There is currently no threat to the public at large and we will keep the public and media updated as new information becomes available.”

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WVU to bring first pediatric dentistry residency program to the state

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University School of Dentistry has announced plans to become the first institution in the state to offer a residency in pediatric dentistry.

Dami Kim

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry has received preliminary approval from the Commission on Dental Accreditation for the first residents to enroll in the two-year program in July 2024.

“To be able to begin recruiting for our new pediatric dentistry residency program is essential for our goal as a land-grant institution to advance health care, specifically the oral health care of children, in West Virginia,” Dr. Dami Kim, residency program director, said.

More than asthma, childhood obesity, or diabetes cavities are the most common chronic childhood disease, surpassing asthma, childhood obesity and diabetes. Further, residents of the Appalachian region face barriers to access to oral health care which leads to some of the poorest outcomes in the nation.

The first pediatric dentistry residency program in the state will support the University’s land-grant mission to advance education and health care by expanding dental care to the youngest residents of the state.

The program is intended to teach dentists about childhood growth and development and methods to accommodate children who may fear the dentist and how to address complicated medical histories some children may have.

Graduates will earn a certificate of specialty training in pediatric dentistry and will meet the advanced eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

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One dead in Cabell County wreck

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. — A two-vehicle crash claimed a life Saturday afternoon in Cabell County.

The wreck occurred at around 2:30 p.m. along state Route 10 near Doss Hill Road in Barboursville.

There was also one person injured in the crash.

The names of those involved were not immediately released.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Photo gallery: Bruce Irvin among six inducted into WVU Sports Hall of Fame

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University inducted six athletes into its sports hall of fame Saturday.

Honored were: Bruce Irvin (football); Trevor Gathman (rifle); Buddy Quertinmont (men’s basketball); TeShawne Jackson (gymnastics); Jay Jacobs (broadcaster); and Renee Riccio (swimming).

(Photo gallery by Teran Malone)

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Follow along: Mountaineers hang on to beat Texas Tech, 20-13

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia welcomes Texas Tech to Milan Puskar Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. contest that marks the start of Big 12 play for both teams. The Red Raiders (1-2) have won four straight over the Mountaineers (2-1), who enter their third straight home game seeking the first three-game win streak of head coach Neal Brown’s tenure. The matchup will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

7:05 p.m. — FINAL: WEST VIRGINIA 20, Texas Tech 13. The Red Raiders convert two fourth downs on their final series, but Morton throws four straight incomplete passes from the Mountaineers’ 11-yard line to end the game. West Virginia hangs on to beat the Red Raiders for the first time since 2018. Brown has his first three-game win streak at WVU.

6:48 p.m. — Marchiol fires a deep ball to EJ Horton on the first play, but it’s incomplete and the Mountaineers go three-and-out. The Red Raiders have the ball at their 28 with 3:45 left. Tech has all three of its timeouts.

6:40 p.m. — SCORE: Garcia’s 34-yard field goal makes it a one possession game again. The Red Raiders’ 14-play drive took off 2:40 of what remained on the fourth-quarter clock. WEST VIRGINIA 20, Texas Tech 13, 4:45 4th qtr

6:28 p.m. — SCORE: Marchiol throws a 9-yard touchdown pass to Taylor and the Mountaineers produce their first points of the second half at the right time. Marchiol delivered during a seven play, 79-yard drive that began with an important 15-yard face mask penalty on Tech. Marchiol was 3-for-3 with 32 yards and added a 17-yard run on the series. WEST VIRGINIA 20, Texas Tech 10, 7:33 4th qtr

6:15 p.m. — SCORE: Jerand Bradley hauls in a 6-yard pass from Morton for the Red Raiders’ first touchdown. McGuire’s gutsy decision to keep his offense on the field on fourth-and-9 from their own 44 pays off in a big way as McCray makes a 15-yard reception. WEST VIRGINIA 13, Texas Tech 10, 11:54 4th qtr

6:06 p.m. — The third quarter ends with Shough gaining the necessary yard on a fourth-and-1 sneak from the Red Raiders’ 30-yard line. Texas Tech still trails by 10 through 45 minutes. Tech had five of the six first downs and 81 of the 111 yards in the quarter. The Mountaineers’ lone first down of the frame came on a defensive holding penalty.

6:00 p.m. — The teams continue to trade punts. Marchiol misses an open Hudson Clement on a downfield shot that could’ve produced an 85-yard touchdown had the duo connected. Instead, the Red Raiders will start at their 21 trailing by 10 with 1:36 left in the third.

5:45 p.m. — After forcing a turnover on downs, WVU lines up to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the Red Raiders’ 41, but center Zach Frazier is whistled for a false start due to an illegal snap. The Red Raiders will start their 20 with 6:11 remaining in the third.

5:35 p.m. — Texas Tech’s opening second-half series produces one first down and nets 13 yards, before the Red Raiders are forced to punt after Marcis Floyd sacks Morton for a 14-yard loss on third down. The Red Raiders are now 0-for-7 on third down. Fox returns the punt 20 yards, but WVU goes three-and-out on its first second-half series as well. Tech takes over at its 11-yard line with 10:43 left in the third quarter. Today’s attendance is 50,071, but nowhere near that figure remains at present. Rain has continued to fall, though it has lessened.

5:06 p.m. — HALFTIME: WEST VIRGINIA 13, Texas Tech 3: Drae McCray’s 59-yard kickoff return is negated by a holding penalty and the Red Raiders head to halftime with 56 yards and two first downs, but just a 10-point deficit.

5:03 p.m. — SCORE: Hayes splits the uprights on a 46-yard field goal that allows the Mountaineers to lead by 10 late in the opening half. WEST VIRGINIA 13, Texas Tech 3, 0:25 2nd qtr

4:55 p.m. — Texas Tech elects to go for it on fourth-and-6 from the WVU 46, but Morton’s pass is incomplete. Anthony Wilson had quality coverage on the play. The Red Raiders have one first down and 36 total yards on their first six possessions.

4:48 p.m. — Marchiol’s pass on third-and-2 is intercepted by Ben Roberts. The pass was intended for wideout Devin Carter, just as Marchiol’s first interception was. The Red Raiders start at midfield and are plus-2 in turnovers.

4:44 p.m. — West Virginia forces a three-and-out for the fourth time in Texas Tech’s five series. Safety Aubrey Burks broke up a third down pass that created an incompletion. The Red Raiders have one first down and 22 yards on 17 plays. Seven of Tech’s nine pass attempts have been incompletions, including all three from Morton. The Mountaineers start at their 42 with 5:43 left in the first half looking to take a two-possession lead.

4:40 p.m. — SCORE: Michael Hayes makes a 28-yard field goal and the Mountaineers hold a seven-point lead. Tight end Kole Taylor caught a 21-yard pass from wideout Traylon Ray on a trick play, though Taylor momentarily left the game due to injury. He returned and was the target of a third down pass in the end zone that looked catchable, but fell incomplete. Rimac has returned at left guard. WEST VIRGINIA 10, Texas Tech 3, 6:34 2nd qtr

4:15 p.m. — Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Shough is injured on a third down incompletion and carted off the field. Behren Morton, who was successful behind center in the Red Raiders’ win over WVU last season, is the next man up. The Mountaineers continue to excel defensively in the early going and force a punt, which is returned 18 yards by Preston Fox, allowing WVU to start at its 24-yard line late in the first quarter.

4:05 p.m. — SCORE: CJ Donaldson scores his third touchdown this season on a 2-yard run to finish off an impressive 13 play, 75-yard drive from the Mountaineers. Left guard Tomas Rimac left during the drive with an injury. Brandon Yates moved from right guard to left guard and Ja’Quay Hubbard entered at right guard. WEST VIRGINIA 7, Texas Tech 3, 1:53 1st qtr

3:47 p.m. — SCORE: Gino Garcia connects on a 39-yard field goal and the Red Raiders score first despite gaining only 14 yards on the series. TEXAS TECH 3, West Virginia 0, 8:40 1st qtr

3:44 p.m. — Marchiol is picked off by Malik Dunlap, who records his third interception this season. The Red Raiders will start at the WVU 35.

3:40 p.m. — The Mountaineers force a three-and-out and will take over at their 34 to start their second series.

3:35 p.m. — West Virginia gains 20 yards and one first down before a third down sack forces the Mountaineers to punt. The Red Raiders will start at their 11-yard line.

3:30 p.m. — West Virginia wins the toss and will receive. Marchiol is taking snaps from center Zach Frazier in advance of the opening kickoff. He’s set to make his first career start.

2:50 p.m. — Pregame Notes: WVU quarterback Garrett Greene is dressed and taking snaps in pregame warmups, though he is clearly favoring the right ankle he injured last week in a 17-6 win over Pitt. Greene missed at least the first two practices of this week and all signs point to redshirt freshman Nicco Marchiol making his first career start. Greene is listed atop the depth chart given to media members about 2 hours before kickoff, though that doesn’t always prove accurate. Brown labeled Green a game-time decision on his radio show Thursday … Brown has yet to beat the Red Raiders during his WVU tenure in four tries. Prior to his arrival, West Virginia won five straight meetings with Texas Tech. The all-time series is 6-6.

Your essential pregame links:

‘First opportunity to prove the so called experts wrong’: West Virginia welcomes Texas Tech for Big 12 opener

West Virginia offensive line strives to meet the challenge against Texas Tech

3 Guys Before The Game – Texas Tech Preview (Episode 490)

Mountaineers hopeful extended preparation benefits Marchiol in event he makes first career start against Red Raiders

Talented Texas Tech tailback sure to test Mountaineers

Lathan’s play stands out over first three starts as linebacker shines with high school teammate

Greene’s status in limbo for Texas Tech as WVU’s top quarterback misses practice

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Sheriff reports mother missing with children has been apprehended

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer says a mother who took her two children she didn’t have custody of has been apprehended in Florida.

“After a coordinated effort between the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, WVSP, WV Fusion Center, Lee County (FL) Sheriff’s Office, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Amy Schulte was apprehended,” Bohrer announced Saturday.

Both Ethen Marlin-Schulte, 4, and Elijah Marlin-Schulte, 9, were found safe, according to Bohrer.

The children are in emergency custody in Florida until they can be returned to their father.

The abduction was first reported Thursday night.

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