Countdown to Kickoff


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By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
September 29, 2012 08:56 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – No. 9 West Virginia begins Big 12 Conference play today with a noon game against 25th-ranked Baylor at Milan Puskar Stadium.

The Bears are bringing a nine-game winning streak into today’s action, with wins this season over SMU, Sam Houston State and Louisiana Monroe.

West Virginia has a seven-game winning streak, dating back to last year, with victories this season over Marshall, James Madison and Maryland.

Today’s game marks the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Here is today’s Countdown to Kickoff:

10 – Two times this year the Mountaineer defense has produced TEN tackles for losses against Marshall and Maryland, and they rank third this week nationally in that statistic.

9 – Baylor is bringing a NINE-game winning streak into today’s game, having won all three of its non-conference games this year against SMU, Sam Houston State and Louisiana Monroe.

8 – Baylor has forced 28 turnovers in its last EIGHT games, an average of more than 3 ½ takeaways per game.

7 – West Virginia has SEVEN players in today’s game with at least 25 career starts under their belt: Joe Madsen (41), Tavon Austin (29), Jeff Braun (29), Geno Smith (29), Terence Garvin (27), Josh Jenkins (27) and Stedman Bailey (25).

6 – West Virginia’s defense has now produced SIX touchdowns in Coach Dana Holgorsen’s 16 games so far guiding the Mountaineers, including two this season.

5 – Quarterback Geno Smith has FIVE 400-yard passing games for his career, including a 411-yard performance against James Madison two weeks ago.

4 – The Mountaineers have had FOUR 21-point quarters in its last four games against Clemson (2012 Orange Bowl), Marshall, James Madison and Maryland. Seven times already under Holgorsen West Virginia has scored at least 21 points in a single quarter.

3 – Twice, West Virginia receivers have managed THREE touchdown catches in games so far this season. Tavon Austin did it last week against Maryland and Stedman Bailey did it two weeks ago against James Madison.

2 – The Bears have forced at least TWO turnovers in eight straight games dating back to last season, and has managed at least one turnover in 16 straight games.

1 –Tavon Austin ranks FIRST in school history in receptions with 208. Austin needs 140 more receiving yards to become the school’s all-time leader in that category as well.

Today’s game will be televised nationally on FX. The Mountaineer Sports Network will provide coverage on affiliates throughout West Virginia and nationally on Sirius satellite radio (channel 91 for Sirius and XM).

Be sure to stop back afterward for complete postgame coverage on WVUsports.com.
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