9:36 p.m.: This will be bad for Bill Stewart, if WVU loses...this will be the toughest week of his coaching career --- East Carolina included. I need to start writing now. Take over with the comments.
9:15 p.m.: That drop from Sanders was HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE.
9:05 p.m.: Sands is now out of the game...at least was to start this series.
9:03 p.m.: Here's your glaringly obvious statement: WVU will not field-goal-kick their way to a win.
8:55 p.m.: Don't want to hear anything about the Marshall receiver dropping the ball before he went into the end zone...worry about the 90+ yards he gained, not the 1 he didn't.
8:49 p.m.: A Devine fumble? Just that kind of night for the Mountaineers, huh?
8:40 p.m.: Apparently the ESPN telecast said something about the Doc/Stew story that was in the Post-Gazette today...good to see Tessitore and Gilmore reading the papers. I mean that; good to see those guys doing their research --- both are professionals.
8:21 p.m.: A thought here, maybe even more of a prediction: If Noel Devine doesn't break a big one, West Virginia isn't winning this game.
8:19 p.m.: While Smith has looked very good, I still wonder a bit about his command of the huddle.
8:07 p.m.: The biggest play Robert Sands has made tonight, to be quite honest, has been a personal foul. But, the Terence Garvin personal foul right there was a tad bit iffy.
8:03 p.m.: Again....this o-line needs fixed if West Virginia wants to do anything this year.
7:59 p.m.: Keith Tandy will not be thrown under the bus. Also, people are texting me that, on the touchdown, the Marshall WR let go of the football before he crossed the goal line. Um, while it might matter, it really doesn't. Pay more attention to him burning WVU's defense.
7:51 p.m.: Bill Stewart is going for 7s, not 3s.
7:44 p.m.: 7-3 Marshall, end of the first. From here, a few things are clear: Tavon Austin needs to touch it, a lot. The Marshall d-line is better than most thought. The TE from Marshall is a stud. Geno Smith is very good (when given time). Najee Goode better start playing.
7:38 p.m.: Call overturned. Apparently that was a catch. The Mountaineers come out, after the gain and, well, run into a wall. Seems WVU's o-line hasn't done too much. For everyone who thought the WVU o-line was going to manhandle Marshall, it isn't happening.
7:28 p.m.: Sands is back in ... seems good to go.
7:25 p.m.: Josh Jenkins has not played very well in the early portion of this game. And, to be frank, he did not play well against Coastal Carolina.
7:21 p.m.: Looks to me -- and I am looking across the field -- like Robert Sands is OK. Again, I am looking from very, very far. Also, just an observation ... Noel Devine could run for 150+.
7:15 p.m.: Seems the Herd found something they like going to the right, huh? Just about all the plays in that opening drive went that way.
7:07 p.m.: This isn't any news...but Marshall tight end Lee Smith is enormous. E-nor-mous.
6:56 p.m.: Will be tremendously interesting to see how Will Johnson plays. He now has to start at TE. From what I have seen of him -- particularly in the Syracuse game last year -- I thought he played very well. We will see.
6:41 p.m.: If you are Marshall, and you score first, do you do this? I seriously, seriously, think about it:
6:23 p.m.: Just looking at the fullback and tight end grouping in warmups --- no Tyler Urban. He is in street clothes.
6:18 p.m.: Fair warning...with a night game (and tight deadline) the blog updates will be light tonight.
5:57 p.m.: Apparently the Royals signed former West Virginia quarterback Pat White. Good deal for Patrick.
5:54 p.m.: The second stadium -- joining Auburn -- where I can't find any coffee. Oh well, it will be a long night.
5:35 p.m.: So, Gov. Joe Manchin was just on the Marshall pregame show. He hinted that an agreement for the continuation of the Coal Bowl is close. My guess --- and you know the Gov. loves face time on TV --- an announcement comes at halftime tonight.
5:04 p.m.: And here is the story to believe.
One source said the series could continue with five games from 2014 through 2020. Another source said five games would be played from 2014 through 2022.
Multiple sources said Marshall would play a third game at Mountaineer Field in a five-game series, if the series goes home-and-home before that game.
Sources said no future WVU-Marshall series longer than five games was seriously on the table. Both sides are said to be amenable to skipping years between games.
Welcome to Joan C. Edwards Stadium:
Splendid place, it seems. Kickoff set for 7 p.m.
By the way, for everyone wondering -- as of right now, as of 4:39 p.m., nothing has been confirmed as to the future of this West Virginia-Marshall series. Nothing. Could there be an announcement tonight? Sure. But right now, nothing is confirmed.