Countdown to Kickoff

  • By John Antonik
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  • September 04, 2011 07:43 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Game day is finally here! The Dana Holgorsen era gets underway today when West Virginia plays host to Marshall in the Friends of Coal Bowl at Milan Puskar Stadium.

West Virginia, coming off a 9-4 record in 2010, will take on a Thundering Herd team that posted a 5-7 record under second-year coach Doc Holliday, a WVU graduate.

Today’s game will be televised nationally on ESPN. MSN’s radio coverage begins with the Mountaineers Today at 2:30 p.m. on affiliates throughout the Mountain State and nationally on Sirius channel 91 and the Best of XM 91. Veteran play-by-play man Tony Caridi will once again be joined on the broadcast by analyst Dwight Wallace, sideline reporter Jed Drenning and studio host Hoppy Kercheval.

There are no tickets remaining for today’s game. Follow @WVUsportsBuzz on twitter for updated game day, weather, traffic and parking information.

Here is Sunday’s Friends of Coal Bowl Countdown to Kickoff:

10 – West Virginia has won all TEN games in the series dating back to 1911.

9 – WVU made its NINTH consecutive bowl appearance in 2010 – the 11th longest current bowl streak in the country.

8 – The Mountaineers were flagged for EIGHT penalties for 65 yards in last year’s game against Marshall in Huntington.

7 – WVU has won its last SEVEN home openers dating back to a 24-17 loss to Wisconsin to begin the 2003 season.

6 – Marshall has lost its last SIX games against nationally ranked teams by an average of 28 ½ points per game. Marshall’s closest game against a ranked team came last year against No. 24 West Virginia when the Herd lost by just three in overtime.

5 – The Mountaineers have had only FIVE passing performances of more than 286 yards in the last 10 years. West Virginia’s top passing effort was 334 yards against East Carolina in 2009.

4 – West Virginia ranks FOURTH nationally in forced turnovers since 2002 with282.

3 – The Mountaineers have THREE players with at least 27 games of starting experience: Julian Miller, Don Barclay and Keith Tandy.

2 – West Virginia’s offense has scored more than 20 points in a quarter just TWICE in the last two years against UNLV in 2010 and Auburn in 2009. That happened 27 times from 2001-07.

1- Dana Holgorsen’s 2010 Oklahoma State offense ranked FIRST in the country in total offense averaging 520.2 yards per game.

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


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