MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia lifts the lid on 2013 with a season-opening game against William & Mary at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown. Kickoff is set for noon with the game being televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 (Adam Alexa and Chris Sims).
Radio coverage is on the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG with Tony Caridi, Dwight Wallace and Jed Drenning making the call. Fans outside of West Virginia can pick up the broadcast on Sirius channel 132 and XM channel 192; the Internet broadcast will be carried through CBSSports.com College Network’s All-Access service.
West Virginia and William & Mary have met 16 previous times, mostly when the two were members of the old Southern Conference, with West Virginia holding a 15-0-1 advantage. William & Mary’s tie came in 1967 in Williamsburg when Marv Levy was coaching the Tribe.
Here is Saturday’s Countdown to Kickoff:
10 – West Virginia’s offense in 2012 finished TENTH in the country in passing yardage and total offense under third-year coach Dana Holgorsen.
9 – NINE times in two seasons under Holgorsen the Mountaineers have scored 40 or more points in a game.
8 – William & Mary had EIGHT former players in NFL training camps this summer and has had four players drafted by NFL teams since 2009, the third most of any FCS program behind just Appalachian State and Montana.
7 – West Virginia is tied with Florida International with the SEVENTH-most underclassmen on its two-deep roster with 30 entering the 2013 campaign. Virginia has the most with 34.
6 – Last season, West Virginia outscored its opponents SIX times in the fourth quarter while only being outscored three times. In four games West Virginia scored an equal amount of points in the fourth quarter as its opponent.
5 – West Virginia’s defense has FIVE players with at least 10 starts returning from last year’s team: Karl Joseph
(13), Isaiah Bruce
and Shaq Rowell
(12), Will Clarke
(11) and Darwin Cook
4 – Veteran William & Mary coach Jimmy Laycock has won FOUR conference titles during 34 seasons in Williamsburg.
3 – William & Mary had had THREE recent strong performances against FBS teams, defeating Virginia 26-14 in the 2009 season opener, falling 21-17 at North Carolina in 2010 and dropping a 7-6 decision against Maryland last season.
2 – West Virginia’s defense was ranked SECOND in the Big 12 and 33rd nationally in turnover margin at +.54 in 2012.
1 – Today’s game will be West Virginia’s first FCS opponent at Milan Puskar Stadium since 2011 when the Mountaineers defeated Norfolk State 55-12. West Virginia has had five home openers against FCS opponents since 2002: Tennessee-Chattanooga (2002), Wofford (2005), Villanova (2008), Liberty (2009) and Coastal Carolina (2010).
Enjoy the game and be sure to stop back afterward for complete postgame coverage.