Countdown to Kickoff

  • By John Antonik
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  • September 15, 2012 10:36 AM
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LANDOVER, Md. - Ninth-ranked West Virginia takes on FCS foe James Madison in a non-conference game at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

The game will be televised locally on ROOT Sports (Rob King and former Mountaineer defensive back Mike Logan) while radio coverage will be provided by the Mountaineer Sports Network (Tony Caridi, Dwight Wallace, Jed Drenning and Hoppy Kercheval). Sirius satellite radio listeners can access MSN's radio coverage on channel 138; the game will also be available on the Internet to CBS College Sports subscribers.

GameTracker coverage will be provided by WVUsports.com.

Saturday's game pits two schools that have met one previous time in 2004 in Morgantown when West Virginia came away with a 45-10 victory over a Dukes team that went on to win the I-AA championship that season.

James Madison coach Mickey Mathews is now in his 14th year at the Harrisonburg, Va., school where he owns a 97-61 overall record. The Dukes are already 2-0 this season following blowout victories over St. Francis, Pa., and Alcorn State.

Meanwhile, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen boosted his career record to 11-3 after his team's 69-34 victory over Marshall in the Mountaineers' season opener in Morgantown on Sept. 1.

Prior to kickoff, West Virginia University and the Washington Redskins will recognize Hall of Famer Sam Huff during a brief on-field ceremony for his many contributions to the game.

Here is Saturday's Countdown to Kickoff:

10 - TEN different James Madison players caught passes in the Dukes' season-opening 55-7 victory over St. Francis, Pa.

9 - West Virginia's 323 yards passing against Marshall marked the NINTH time under Dana Holgorsen (in 14) games the Mountaineers have passed for more than 300 yards in a game.

8 - James Madison ranks EIGHTH among FCS schools in total offense averaging 511.5 yards per game.

7 - West Virginia has scored 20 or more points in two quarters of the same game SEVEN times since 2001, most recently against Marshall in the '12 opener when it produced 21 points in the second quarter and 21 points in the third quarter.

6 - Quarterback Geno Smith completed more than 30 passes in game for the SIXTH time in his career in the opener against Marshall, going 32 of 36. The feat has only been accomplished 11 times in school history.

5 - James Madison is currently ranked FIFTH in the country in the latest FCS coaches' poll. The Dukes have outscored their first two opponents by a 97-10 margin.

4 - James Madison has won FOUR times against FBS teams, most recently knocking off Virginia Tech in Blacksburg in 2010. James Madison's other wins against FBS teams came in 1990 against Navy, in 1989 against Navy and 1982 against Virginia. James Madison's last game against an FBS opponent was versus North Carolina last season, a 42-10 loss.

3 - Wide receiver Tavon Austin ranks THIRD in the country in consecutive games with a reception, entering Saturday's game making at least one catch in the 30 straight games.

2 - Saturday's game will be the SECOND time these two schools have met on the gridiron. The only previous meeting came in 2004 in Morgantown, a 45-10 Mountaineer victory.

1 - Saturday's game marks West Virginia's FIRST-ever appearance at FedEx Field. It will be the 37th time the Mountaineers have played in a professional football stadium, where they currently are riding a four-game winning streak.

Enjoy Saturday's game and be sure to stop back afterward for complete post game coverage at WVUsports.com.


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