Countdown to Kickoff


By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
November 10, 2012 08:56 AM
TULSA, Okla. – West Virginia faces Oklahoma State in a Big 12 Conference matchup at Boone Pickens Stadium today in Stillwater, Okla.

This marks the fourth meeting between the two schools and the first since Oklahoma State defeated West Virginia, 35-33, in the 1987 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

The other two games took place in 1928-29 when West Virginia defeated the Cowboys, 32-6, in Morgantown and 9-6 in Stillwater.

There are also plenty of connections between the two schools. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, defensive coordinator Joe DeForest, running backs coach Robert Gillespie and quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital served on Coach Mike Gundy’s Oklahoma State staff, while Gundy was a former Cowboy player who was the starting quarterback on the team that defeated West Virginia in the 1987 Sun Bowl.

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EST and ABC will televise the game to a portion of the country. MSN’s coverage begins with the Mountaineers Today at 2:30 p.m.

Here is today’s Countdown to Kickoff:

10 – Oklahoma State has won TEN of its last 11 home games at Boone Pickens Stadium and is 27-6 there since 2008.

9 – West Virginia’s improving defense forced TCU to punt NINE times in last week’s 39-38 double-overtime loss to the Horned Frogs.

8 – Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle ranks EIGHTH among all active NCAA players with 35 rushing touchdowns. Randle is leading the Big 12 with an average of 116.8 yards per game and has run for more than 100 yards in six of eight games this season.

7 – West Virginia’s offense was a perfect SEVEN-for-SEVEN in the red zone against Texas earlier this year. In eight games so far, the Mountaineers are converting 81.8 percent of their red zone tries, missing on six of their 33 red zone opportunities.

6 – The Mountaineer secondary has produced only SIX interceptions in eight games so far this year, including one against TCU last Saturday.

5 – West Virginia ranks FIFTH in the Big 12 in total offense this week (19th nationally) with an average of 480.4 yards per game.

4 – Today’s game will be the FOURTH all-time meeting between the two schools and West Virginia’s first appearance in Stillwater since 1929. WVU holds a narrow 2-1 advantage in series play.

3 – West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin has scored touchdowns THREE different ways so far this year by way of kickoff return, punt return and pass reception.

2 – Linebacker Isaiah Bruce ranks SECOND in the Big 12 in tackles and 34th nationally with 75 tackles so far this season. Bruce is also second in fumbles recovered (two) and is tied for 20th in the league in tackles for loss (five).

1 – Tavon Austin ranks FIRST in the nation in receptions per game (10.62). In eight games so far, the senior has caught 89 passes for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns and has had double figure receptions in seven of his last eight games.

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

Tags
West Virginia Mountaineers, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Big 12 Conference football


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