Football Friday – Texas Preview

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MORGANTOWN, West Virginia – Olivier Strawfreshman punter from Melbourne, Australia, prepares us for Saturday night’s game at Texas in today’s Football Friday, presented by the West Virginia Lottery.

Here are some of Oliver’s highlights in today’s game preview:


* WVU is 13-3-2 in games played Oct. 1, including 4-1-2 in games played on the road. The first time WVU played on October 1 was in 1904 when the Mountaineers beat California (Pennsylvania), 16-0 at home. The last time WVU played on this date was in 2016 against Kansas State at home (W 17-16). The last time West Virginia played on the road on Oct. 1 was against Missouri in 1994 (W 34-10)

* West Virginia is 26-22-1 against Texas State schools, including 24-20 against schools playing at the Power 5 level

* WVU is 95-14 since 2002 when it won the turnover battle

* Mountaineers are No. 21 nationally in third down conversions (.492) and No. 5 in fourth down conversions (.900)

* WVU is No. 5 nationally in first offense (114) and No. 35 in first defense (68)

* West Virginia is averaging 42.75 points per game, tied for 14th nationally

* WVU is one of five Power 5 schools to rank in the top 25 nationally in rushing offense (20) and rushing defense (25)

* West Virginia is one of nine Power 5 schools to rank in the top 25 nationally in total offense (18) and total defense (23)

* According to the PFF College, Bryce Ford Wheaton tied for first nationally among Power 5 receivers in number of holds contested (8)

* West Virginia is the only school in the Big 12 to boast two running backs who rank among the league’s top 10 rushers (Donaldson – 4, Mathis – 9) in total rushing yards

* The Mountaineers have three of the Big 12 Conference’s top seven receivers in receiving yards (Ford-Wheaton – 3, Kaden Prather – 6, Sam James – seven). No other team has more than one ranked in this group

*QB JT Daniels ranks No. 31 nationally in completions per game (21.5)

*RB CJ Donaldson Jr. is No. 7 nationally in rushing yards per carry (7.31) and rushing touchdowns (6), No. 11 in total touchdowns (6) and No. 28 in rushing yards (380)

* Ford-Wheaton is one of four players in the nation with 27 catches and four touchdowns. He’s tied for second nationally in catches of 10 or more yards (12), No. 17 in receptions per game (6.8) and No. 20 in receiving touchdowns (4)

*K Casey Legg tied for first nationally in field goal percentage (100.0 – 8/8) and No. 5 in field goals per game (2.00)

* Legg is No. 15 nationally in points (10.2) and Donaldson is No. 29 (9.0)

*DL Pictures of Dante is tied for 9th in the Big 12 conference in sacks (2.5), Taijh Alston is tied for No. 1 in forced fumbles (2) and Caden Biser and Lee Kpogba are tied for No. 2 in fumbles recovered (1)

* Stills currently has 46.5 tackles for loss in his WVU career and needs one more to match Grant Wiley for the school lead. He’s also tied for No. 6 in school history with 21.5 sacks.


Saturday night’s game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be nationally televised on FS1 (Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman).


Mountaineer Sports Network radio coverage of Learfield begins with the GoMart Mountaineer Tailgate Show at 4:30 p.m., leading to regular network coverage at 6:30 p.m. Tony Cardi, Dwight Wallace and Jed Drenning on West Virginia stations and online via WVUsports.com and the popular WVU Gameday mobile apps and the Varsity Network.

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