Countdown to Kickoff

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By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
November 03, 2012 08:00 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia battles TCU today in a Big 12 game at Milan Puskar Stadium with the Horned Frogs and Mountaineers are both looking to snap two-game losing streaks.

West Virginia (5-2, 2-2) has dropped consecutive games to Texas Tech and Kansas State while TCU (5-3, 2-3) has lost back to back games against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

Last weekend, TCU jumped out to an early 14-0 lead over Oklahoma State before allowing 36 unanswered points in a 36-14 loss. The 22-point loss to the Cowboys was TCU’s worst defeat this season.

West Virginia, meanwhile, was idle last weekend after enduring setbacks to Texas Tech and Kansas State after starting the season 5-0. The Mountaineers have slipped to No. 23 in this week’s AP poll after reaching a high of No. 5 following a 48-45 victory at Texas.

West Virginia and TCU are meeting for the second time ever, the two schools hooking up in Houston in 1984 for the Bluebonnet Bowl. West Virginia won that game 31-14.

Saturday’s game will kick off at 3 p.m. and will be televised nationally on Fox.

Here is today’s Countdown to Kickoff:

10 – Stedman Bailey enters today’s game with TEN career 100-yard receiving games, one short of the school record of 11 currently held by teammate Stedman Bailey.

9 – The Mountaineers now rank NINTH nationally in scoring averaging 41.1 points per game. They are coming off back-to-back 14 point performances against Texas Tech and Kansas State, which are scoring lows at WVU under Dana Holgorsen.

8 – TCU quarterbacks have thrown EIGHT interceptions so far this year with current starting quarterback Trevone Boykin accounting for six of those picks.

7 – True freshman free safety Karl Joseph has started all SEVEN games this year. Joseph is second on the team in tackles with 52 and is one of five different players to record an interception this season.

6 – TCU ranks SIXTH in the country in third down defense allowing its opponents just a 27-percent success rate so far this season.

5 – West Virginia’s offense has missed on FIVE red zone tries so far this year, four ending on downs (two against Texas Tech and one each against Marshall and Kansas State) and one to end the game against the Wildcats.

4 – Tavon Austin had his FOURTH kickoff return for a touchdown two weeks ago against Kansas State. Austin returned two kicks for scores last year against Marshall and USF and one during his freshman season in 2009 against Connecticut.

3 – TCU’s streak of 14 straight conference road victories was snapped last Saturday at Oklahoma State. That streak was the longest in the nation and the THIRD-best of any school since 1996.

2 – BOTH of Geno Smith’s top career passing yardage performances have come at Milan Puskar Stadium: 687 yards passing against Baylor earlier this year and 468 yards passing last year against LSU.

1 – West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith ranks FIRST nationally in completion percentage (74.3) and points responsible for (23.14).

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

Tags
West Viginia Mountaineers, WVU, Dana Holgorsen, Geno Smith, TCU, Big 12 football


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