Countdown to Kickoff


By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
September 14, 2013 09:36 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia takes on Georgia State in a noon non-conference game at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Prior to today’s game, the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame will unveil its newest class of inductees, including former Mountaineer and Philadelphia Eagles standout running back Tom Woodeshick.

Others in this year’s class include: Dale Blaney (men’s basketball), Olivia Bradley (women’s basketball), Linda Burdette-Good (gymnastics), Dr. Ed Etzel (rifle), Dean Morrison (wrestling) and Paul Popovich (men’s basketball/baseball). Induction ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility. The public is invited to attend and the event is free of charge.

Saturday’s game will be televised locally on Root Sports (Rob King, Rasheed Marshall and Amanda Mazey) while the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi, Dwight Wallace, Jed Drenning and Jeff Culhane) will handle radio coverage on stations throughout West Virginia.

A limited number of tickets still remain and can be purchase at the stadium ticket office will call windows located outside the north gate. Family day packages will also be available as long as supplies last. A Family Day package includes four tickets and a $25 concessions voucher for $150.

Here is Saturday’s Countdown to Kickoff:

10 – West Virginia now has a streak of 24 consecutive games under coach Dana Holgorsen with at least TEN passing first downs in a game. WVU finished with 11 passing first downs in last Saturday’s loss at Oklahoma.

9 – Senior defensive tackle Will Clarke is tied for NINTH in the Big 12 this week in tackles for loss with 2 ½. Clarke enters today’s game with 14 ½ career tackles for loss.

8 – Quarterback Ford Childress will become the EIGHTH redshirt freshman to see action for West Virginia this season and the 14th freshman overall. Among the six true freshmen to see the field this season, four have been on defense (Marvin Gross, Carlton Nash, Jeremy Tyler and Daryl Worley and two on offense (Wendell Smallwood and Daikiel Sorts.

7 – Running back Charles Sims ranks SEVENTH in the Big 12 Conference this week in all-purpose yardage with an average of 115.5 yards per game heading into today’s contest.

6 – Punter Nick O’Toole is seeking his SIXTH punt of 50 yards or longer this afternoon. O’Toole, who ranks fifth in the nation in punting this week, has a long of 60 produced in the William & Mary game.

5 – Dana Holgorsen’s offense has had more than 88 offensive plays FIVE times during his 2 ½ seasons coaching the Mountaineers, including a high of 91 plays against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State last season.

4 – West Virginia’s offense has been responsible for just FOUR touchdowns through two games so far this season: three rushing TDs and one passing TD.

3 – The Mountaineer defense has produced THREE interceptions in two games so far this season, with senior safety Darwin Cook leading the way with two picks. Sophomore safety Karl Joseph has the team’s other INT.

2 – Georgia State has lost its first TWO games of the season at home against Samford (31-21) and Chattanooga (42-14).

1 – Today’s game will be Ford Childress’ FIRST career college start. Childress did not play in West Virginia’s first two games of the season against William & Mary and Oklahoma. This is also West Virginia’s FIRST-ever game against a Sun Belt Conference foe.

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



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