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October 2, 2011

Young Nehlen picks perfect day for first touchdown

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MORGANTOWN — o o o o o o

With no one to play for this fall for the first time since he was a toddler, former WVU quarterback Marc Bulger is enjoying life among the retired.

“I’m good with it,” he said at the Waterplace Hotel on Saturday morning as he joined a group of two dozen former WVU quarterbacks in town to help get started an endowed scholarship in former coach Don Nehlen’s name for quarterbacks. “It was difficult to turn down a couple of offers, but this was the right time.

“I went out on my terms and I am healthy.”

That is something of a miracle, considering some of the St. Louis Rams’ teams and the lack of protection they provided him with. He did suffer from concussions and he adamantly backs a remedy to the rash of concussions that have hit football.

“They can fix it by taking the face masks off the helmets,” Bulger said.

Face masks came into football in the late 1950s and Paul Brown, the former Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals coach, is credited with the invention.

Bulger maintains that without face masks, defensive players would not be leading with their heads.

“That is the main reason you have so many head injuries,” Bulger said.

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In a game like WVU’s 55-10 victory over Bowling Green, there has to be a negative, and again it went to Corey Smith, who probably lost his punting job for good with another shank good for only 14 yards on WVU’s only punt of the game.

When the Mountaineers were getting ready to punt for a second time, something they never had to do, Tyler Bitancurt was warming up and kicking into the net.

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NOTEBOOK: When Travis Bell recovered Bowling Green’s fumble on the opening kickoff, it was the first fumble recovery of the season for WVU, the only team who had not had a recovery coming into the game ... Geno Smith moved into eighth place today on WVU’s career pass attempts list, passing Brad Lewis who had 605 attempts from 1998 to 2001 ... Keith Tandy had his first and second pass interceptions of the season. He now has 11 in his career and twice has picked off two in a game ... Stedman Bailey had 112 yards of receiving, the third consecutive game in which he has surpassed 100 yards ... Defensive end Bruce Irvin collected his second sack of the season ... The Mountaineers had one penalty and no turnovers in the game ... Running back Matt Lindamood did not dress for the third straight game ... The first casualty of the weather was the Mantrip, canceled because of the cold and rain.

Email Bob Hertzel at bhertzel@hotmail.com. Follow on Twitter @bhertzel.

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