Countdown to Kickoff


By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
December 04, 2010 10:20 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia wraps up its regular season today against Rutgers in a noon game at Milan Puskar Stadium.

West Virginia can win a share of the Big East title with a victory today, and can earn the Big East’s BCS bowl berth with a Connecticut loss at South Florida. Pitt is also still in contention for a BCS berth but the Panthers must win today at Cincinnati and have West Virginia and Connecticut lose.

Rutgers is playing out its season after making a school record five consecutive bowl appearances under 10th year coach Greg Schiano. Rutgers brings a 4-7 overall record into today’s game.

ABC will televise the contest nationally.

Here is today’s Countdown to Kickoff:

10 – The Mountaineers have the TENTH best home winning percentage in college football over the last eight years (.843).

9 – West Virginia will be making a NINE straight bowl appearance when bowl bids are officially announced on Sunday.

8 – Rutgers quarterbacks have thrown EIGHT interceptions heading into today’s game.

7 – Three of West Virginia’s last four games against Rutgers have been decided by SEVEN points or less, including last year’s 24-21 Mountaineer victory in Piscataway.

6 – WVU has produced at least 400 yards of total offense in SIX of 11 games so far this season. The Mountaineers had 469 yards twice against Marshall and Maryland.

5 – Junior defensive end Julian Miller has FIVE sacks this season. He now shows 17 ½ sacks for his career.

4 – Quarterback Geno Smith has had FOUR quarters when he’s thrown for more than 100 yards against Maryland (first), USF (first), Maryland (second) and Marshall (fourth).

3 – West Virginia coach Bill Stewart is gunning for a THIRD consecutive nine-win season if the Mountaineers can defeat the Scarlet Knights today.

2 – Senior Noel Devine is ranked SECOND nationally among active rushers with 4,234 yards. He needs 147 yards in his remaining two games for a third consecutive 1,000-yard season.

1 – Senior Jock Sanders has caught at least ONE pass in 39 consecutive games, second in WVU history and third in Big East history.

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



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