Countdown to Kickoff


FOOTBALL BLOG
By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
September 28, 2013 06:32 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia plays host to 11th-ranked Oklahoma State Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium in a noon game that will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The Mountaineers and Cowboys have met four previous times, including last year’s 55-34 loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater. In that game, Oklahoma State got 292 yards and four touchdown passes from backup quarterback Clint Chelf, and Justin Gilbert returned a kickoff 96 yards for another score. The Cowboys had 187 yards in returns to go with a 443-yard offensive afternoon.

West Virginia got 225 yards receiving from Stedman Bailey and three touchdown passes from its quarterbacks, including one from backup Paul Millard.

Here is Saturday’s Countdown to Kickoff:

10 – TEN different plays have scored Oklahoma State’s 19 touchdowns so far this season. Of those 19 TDs, eight were scored via the pass to seven different receivers.

9 – The Mountaineers have scored NINE offensive touchdowns in four games, with eight of those coming against William & Mary and Georgia State.

8 – West Virginia is tied with Florida International with the EIGHTH youngest two-deep in the country to begin the season with 30 underclassmen on it.

7 – Linebacker Jared Barber had an active game last weekend against Maryland with SEVEN tackles to go along with 1 ½ tackles for a loss and a pass breakup.

6 – West Virginia has just SIX players on its roster with 16 or more career starts, including senior Darwin Cook’s team-leading 27 starts heading into today’s game.

5 – FIVE of West Virginia’s nine plays of 30 yards or longer from scrimmage have been runs, including two 50-plus-yarders by running back Dreamius Smith.

4 – Oklahoma State was ranked 13th to begin the season, marking the FOURTH time in the last five seasons the Cowboys have been preseason ranked. Oklahoma State comes into today’s game ranked 11th.

3 – Clint Trickett will be the THIRD quarterback back to start in the first five weeks of the season for West Virginia. The last time the Mountaineers had three different quarterbacks start in the same season was in 1985 when John Talley, Tony Reda and Mike Timko did it.

2 – Safety Darwin Cook leads the defense with TWO interceptions. He also ranks second on the team in tackles with 23, including a team best 20 solo stops.

1 – Last week at Maryland, West Virginia was held scoreless for the FIRST time in 151 games spanning 12 years. The last time the Mountaineers were blanked was on Oct. 6, 2001 against Virginia Tech at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Enjoy Saturday’s game and be sure to stop back afterward for complete postgame coverage.
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