Countdown to Kickoff

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By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
October 01, 2011 12:08 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia plays host to Bowling Green today in a homecoming contest that will be televised on the Big East Network.

Today’s game marks the third meeting between the two schools, the most recent game coming in 1991 when West Virginia pulled out a narrow 24-17 victory. The first game took place in 1988 when the Mountaineers defeated the Falcons 62-14.

Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen, a Bowling Green alumnus, will be recognized during today’s game. Former Mountaineer quarterbacks from all eras will be on hand to help honor the former coach.

Locally, fans can watch the game on ROOT SPORTS, while outside of West Virginia and Western Pa the game can be seen on Game Plan and ESPN3.com.

The Mountaineer Sports Network (Tony Caridi, Dwight Wallace, Jed Drenning and Hoppy Kercheval) will carry the game statewide as well as nationally on satellite radio (Sirius channel 92 and XM channel 192).

Here is today’s Countdown to Kickoff:

10 – The Mountaineers now have TEN scoring drives of 10 plays or longer this year in four games, or just four fewer than their total of 14 for the entire 2010 season.

9 – Bowling Green’s defense has created NINE turnovers in four games so far this year – four interceptions and five fumble recoveries. WVU, meanwhile, has created just three and is still searching for its first fumble recovery.

8 – EIGHT true freshmen have now seen action for West Virginia so far this season: Connor Arlia, Jared Barber, Andrew Buie, Dustin Garrison, Paul Millard, Vernard Roberts, Shaq Petteway and Avery Williams.

7 – West Virginia is presently SEVENTH in the country in punt returns averaging 18 yards per return.

6 – SIX different receivers have caught at least one touchdown pass, with Stedman Bailey leading the way with three.

5 – In last Saturday’s loss to LSU, quarterback Geno Smith had his FIFTH 300-yard-plus total offensive performance with his school-record 468-yard effort against the Tigers. Smith had 396 yards last year against Rutgers, 377 earlier this season at Maryland, 372 against Norfolk State and 329 last year at Marshall.

4 – The Mountaineers are looking for their FOURTH non-conference victory of 2011. West Virginia had its 18-game home non-conference winning streak snapped last Saturday by top-ranked LSU.

3 – Today’s game is the THIRD meeting between the two schools. West Virginia defeated Bowling Green 62-14 in 1988 and 24-17 in 1991.

2 – Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey lead the Mountaineers with TWO 100-yard receiving performances so far this year. Austin’s 100-yard games came against LSU (187) and Maryland (122) while Bailey’s were versus LSU (115) and Maryland (113).

1 – The Mountaineer defense is still searching for their FIRST fumble recovery of the season.

Enjoy the game and be sure to stop back afterward for complete post-game coverage.

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West Virginia University Mountaineers, WVU, Bowling Green, ROOT SPORTS


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