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Charlie Strong: "Adversity is going to hit. The challenge is to bounce back."

 The media gathered Monday morning in Austin awaiting word on the status of injured center Dominic Espinosa. Head coach Charlie Strong confirmed Espinosa, a fifth-year senior with 40 starts to his credit, indeed fractured his ankle and will miss the rest of the season. Then he said that quarterback David Ash suffered concussion-like symptoms hours after the Longhorns' 38-7 defeat of North Texas on Saturday night, and would miss the upcoming BYU game.

And with that, the tenor for Strong's debut season in Austin has completely changed.

Ash missed most of the 2013 season after suffering from prolonged concussion symptoms. He was removed from Texas' loss to BYU on Sept. 7, returned a week later for the Longhorns' win over Kansas State, again suffering a blow to the head, and missed the rest of the season. And on the very first hit of his first game back, Ash was injured yet again. Considering that history, one has to wonder if Ash's absence will extend beyond Saturday's BYU rematch, but to the rest of the season and perhaps the rest of his career.

Strong did not come out and say that Monday, but he did not shy away from the severity of Ash's injury history, either. 

Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will start against BYU, and true freshman Jerrod Heard will serve as the back-up. As a true freshman a year ago, Swoopes appeared in six games, completing 5-of-13 passes for 26 yards and rushed 20 times for 79 yards and a touchdown. Heard was headed toward a redshirt season until this weekend, and did not play against North Texas.

That is the extent of Texas' quarterback experience, playing behind an offensive line without its veteran anchor in the middle, as the Longhorns prepare to face a schedule that includes BYU, No. 7 UCLA, No. 10 Baylor and No. 4 Oklahoma for four of its next five games. Three top 10 opponents five weeks, with two of those games away from Austin.

A defense that was flat out dominant against North Texas remains intact, and Shawn Watson has two decades of experience in molding quarterbacks. But there's no denying that an already challenging schedule for Texas even with perfect health just got that its degree of difficulty ramped up tremendously. 

In the face of that, Strong did not flinch. "Adversity is going to hit," he said. "Now the challenge is just how well we can bounce back." 

Video: WVU took clips of the media doubters and used it in their pregame motivation for the Alabama game

Look at some of West Virginia's biggest games in their recent history, and you'll notice a common theme; they're almost always considered underdogs. That theme continued in the season opener this past Saturday when the Mountaineers, coming off a disappointing 4-8 season, faced off against Alabama.

In the months leading up to the game, numerous media personalities weighed in with strong beliefs that the Crimson Tide would absolutely dominate, so it's only fitting that WVU video wizard DougityDog took that footage and used it as motivation in the pregame video that the team watched.

The video also features footage from other games (Georgia, Clemson, and Oklahoma) where, despite the overwhelming number of doubters, they went on to win the game, often in rather convincing fashion (I'm looking at that 70-33 Orange Bowl game in particular, Clemson).

Towards the end of the clip (which may be the best part), former Mountaineers now playing in the NFL like Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, and Bruce Irvin share a brief motivational message for the team.

Despite giving the Tide all they could handle (and then some) WVU fell 33-23 on Saturday night.

Timmy Chang's first game as an offensive coordinator ended in true Timmy Chang fashion

Timmy Chang set all kinds of passing records at Hawaii back in his heyday, and in his first game as an offensive coordinator for Jackson State, the game ended in true Timmy Chang fashion; with a 50 yard heave to the end zone to beat Florida A&M with just over a second left in regulation.

Even in the rain, Chang's first game calling the offense saw nine different receivers touch the ball and a 100 yard rusher.

One of the reasons you hire a guy like Chang is because he's bound to make the offense extremely exciting. First year head coach Harold Jackson realized that, and Chang delivered in week one.

It's always great to see the mayhem and celebration that ensues after a Hail Mary win. It never gets old.

After extending the NDSU win streak to 25 straight games, Chris Klieman gave the post game speech of the weekend

Chris Klieman went into the NDSU season opener in charge of the of the most dominant FCS programs in college football history. He knew taking over for Craig Bohl (who left NDSU for Wyoming) would be no easy task, and Iowa State made sure things got off to a rocky start at first.

The Cyclones went up 14-0 before NDSU stormed back and got back to playing their signature brand of football en route to a 35-14 blowout. The win extended their win streak against FBS programs to five straight.

After the game, an emotional Klieman started his post game speech with a thank you to the players.

"I cannot thank you guys enough for the support that you've shown me and my family, and all of these new coaches that I brought here. It would have been easy to say 'Boy, it's not the same old, same old,' but you didn't."

"Remember what I told you on my first day; coaches may change, but you players don't. You know what guys? You've all bought into everything we're teaching. You bought in to the new voices."

"And you know what guys? It was the same Bison football team."

Take a look at the highlights of their 25th straight win, and catch Klieman's speech below.

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