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Countdown to Kickoff


By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
October 20, 2012 03:09 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia battles fourth-ranked Kansas State in a primetime Big 12 Conference football game televised nationally on Fox.

The 5-1 Mountaineers are looking to rebound from their disappointing 49-14 loss at Texas Tech last weekend, while Kansas State rolls into Morgantown with an unblemished 6-0 record that includes league victories over Oklahoma, Kansas and Iowa State.

Tonight’s game represents Kansas State’s first appearance in Morgantown since Oct. 31, 1931, a 19-0 Wildcat victory.

Tonight’s game features two of the top quarterbacks in college football – West Virginia’s Geno Smith (196-of-260 for 2,274 yards and 25 touchdowns with 0 interceptions) and Kansas State’s Collin Klein (79-of-118 for 1,074 yards and 7 touchdowns with 2 interceptions).

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Here is tonight’s Countdown to Kickoff:

10 – Quarterback Geno Smith has completed at least 30 passes in a game TEN times for his career. That feat has happened only five other times in school history.

9 – The Mountaineers had their NINE-game winning streak snapped last Saturday at Texas Tech. West Virginia currently has a four-game winning streak at Milan Puskar Stadium

8 – West Virginia is facing the nation’s fourth-ranked team (in AP poll) for the EIGHTH time in school history and the fourth time in Morgantown. The last two times No. 4 came to Morgantown in 1993 (Miami) and Boston College (1984) West Virginia pulled off the upset.

7 – WVU ranks SEVENTH nationally in scoring offense averaging 45.7 points per game, which also ranks third in the Big 12 this week.

6 – The Mountaineers have produced SIX defensive touchdowns under Coach Dana Holgorsen, including two this season.

5 – Kansas State produced FIVE non-offensive touchdowns last year and has already managed three this season. Since 1999, the Wildcats lead the nation in non-offensive touchdowns with 84.

4 – Kansas State running back John Hubert has FOUR 100-yard rushing games this year and he ranks 31st nationally averaging 101 yards per game.

3 – THREE different Mountaineer receivers have produced 100-yard receiving games this year a total of eight times. Tavon Austin leads the way with four 100-yard receiving performances so far this season.

2 – Sophomore linebacker Isaiah Bruce is tied for SECOND in the Big 12 in fumbles recovered (two) and he’s third in total tackles with 57.

1 – The Big 12 has ONE remaining undefeated team: Kansas State. There are four ONE-loss teams, including West Virginia.

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

Tags
West Viginia Mountaineers, WVU, Dana Holgorsen, Geno Smith, Kansas State, Bill Snyder, Big 12 football


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