Countdown to Kickoff

  • By John Antonik
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  • December 01, 2012 10:46 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia concludes its regular season with an afternoon Big 12 matchup against Kansas at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday.

The Jayhawks (1-10, 0-8) are seeking their first conference win of the season while the Mountaineers (6-5, 3-5) are looking to end the year on a strong note and improve their bowl status.

This marks the second-ever meeting between the two schools with the first taking place in Morgantown in 1941, at 21-0 Mountaineer victory.

Saturday’s game will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on FSN (Steve Physioc, Brian Baldinger and Jim Knox). Locally fans can watch the game on Root Sports in Pittsburgh. MSN radio’s (Tony Caridi, Dwight Wallace, Hoppy Kercheval and Jed Drenning) pregame coverage begins with The Mountaineers Today at 1:30 p.m.

Here is today’s Countdown to Kickoff:

10 – Andrew Buie is now TENTH in school history in career receptions for running backs with 38 for 347 yards. Buie shows 25 catches for 262 yards this season.

9 – West Virginia has missed on NINE red zone scoring opportunities this year, going 40-of-49 for the season. Kansas enters today’s game as the top team in the Big 12 in red zone defense.

8 – The Mountaineers have produced at least 400 yards of offense EIGHT times this year, including a school-record 807 yards against Baylor on Sept. 29.

7 – Quarterback Geno Smith has had at least 30 pass completions in a game SEVEN times this season. His top effort was 45 completions in a 70-63 win over Baylor on Sept. 29.

6 – West Virginia has scored at least 21 points in a quarter SIX times this year, most recently doing it against TCU on Nov. 3.

5 – Tavon Austin became the FIFTH player since 2005 to produce at least 1,800 all-purpose yards in Dana Holgorsen’s offense. Austin should set the WVU single-season record for all-purpose yardage with his first touch on Saturday against Kansas.

4 – West Virginia has lost only FOUR times in its last 57 games when holding its opponent to less than 100 yards rushing in a game.

3 – Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin have produced the top THREE receiving performances in school history this season. Bailey caught 13 passes for 303 yards against Baylor and had a 14-catch, 225-yard effort against Oklahoma State, while Austin had 14 catches for 215 yards in the win against Baylor earlier this year.

2 – Three different Mountaineer players have produced TWO-touchdown rushing efforts in games this season: Shawne Alston vs. Marshall, Andrew Buie vs. Baylor and Texas, and Tavon Austin vs. Oklahoma.

1 – Quarterback Geno Smith ranks FIRST in career passing (11,054), career total offense (11,395), pass completions (946), attempts (1,413) and touchdowns (93) entering today’s game against Kansas.

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


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