Countdown to Kickoff

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By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
October 13, 2012 11:03 AM
LUBBOCK, Texas - West Virginia battles Texas Tech today in a Big 12 Conference game that will be televised on ABC (Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Quint Kessenich) to 53 percent of the nation.

The fifth-ranked Mountaineers bring a 5-0 record into Lubbock, while the Red Raiders are currently 4-1 following a 41-20 loss to Oklahoma last Saturday.

Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville is now 17-13 in three seasons with Tech and is 127-73 overall in 17 seasons as a college coach.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is currently 15-3 after leading the Mountaineers to a 10-3 record and a victory over Clemson in last year’s Orange Bowl.

Kickoff for today’s game is set for 3:30 p.m.

Here is today’s Countdown to Kickoff:

10 – Texas Tech has had TEN-plus receivers catch at least one pass in all five games this season.

9 – West Virginia brings a NINE game winning streak into Lubbock today. The Mountaineers won four in a row to conclude the 2011 campaign and have won all five games so far this season.

8 – EIGHT different Texas Tech players have caught touchdown passes this year led by Eric Ward’s and Darrin Moore’s four TD catches each.

7 – Texas Tech’s passing offense is ranked SEVENTH nationally averaging 341.2 yards per game. Quarterback Seth Doege has completed 127-of-183 passes for 1,392 yards and 15 touchdowns in five games this season.

6 – SIX Mountaineers players have earned first-time starts this year: Tyler Anderson, Isaiah Bruce, Cody Clay, Karl Joseph, Shaq Rowell and Jordan Thompson.

5 – The Mountaineers have scored at least 21 points in a quarter FIVE times this year, including twice against Baylor and Marshall and once against James Madison.

4 – West Virginia’s defense has allowed only FOUR runs of 20 yards or longer and is limiting its opponents to just 2.9 yards per rush.

3 – West Virginia’s Tavon Austin ranks THIRD in all-purpose yardage in school history with 5,417 yards and is now second in touchdown catches with 25.

2 – West Virginia has TWO runners that have managed at least 200 yards rushing in a game during their careers. Last week, sophomore Andrew Buie ran for a career-high 207 yards in the Mountaineers’ 48-45 win at Texas while sophomore Dustin Garrison ran for a career-high 291 yards against Bowling Green as a freshman last season.

1 – West Virginia and Texas Tech have met ONE prior time in the 1938 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The Mountaineers defeated the Red Raiders 7-6.

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

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West Viginia Mountaineers, WVU, Texas Tech, Big 12 football


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