Football Wednesday, presented by the West Virginia Lottery

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Rachel Libert, a creative/digital student volunteer for Mountaineer Football, prepares us for Thursday night’s game against Virginia Tech in Football Wednesday today, presented by the West Virginia Lottery .

Here are some of Rachel’s essentials in today’s game preview:


* The 2022 campaign marks West Virginia’s 130th football season. The Mountaineers are tied for the 15th winningest program in college football

* The year 2022 also marks the 43rd season of competition for West Virginia at Puskar Stadium in Milan. WVU has an all-time rating of 190-73-4 (0.719) at the facility, which opened in 1980

* WVU is 9-6 in games played Sept. 22, including 0-1 in games played on the road. The first time WVU played on September 22 was in 1928 when the Mountaineers lost to Davis & Elkins, 7-0. The last time WVU played on this date was in 2018 against Kansas State at home (W 35-6). WVU faced Virginia Tech twice on September 22 and is 1-1, winning 24-10 at Morgantown in 1973 and losing 34-6 at Blacksburg in 1994

* West Virginia is 120-44-8 against schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia, including 39-35-2 against schools playing at the Power 5 level

* The Virginia Tech game marks WVU’s second rivalry game this season, playing in the battle for the Black Diamond Trophy. WVU opened its season on September 1 at Pitt in the Backyard Brawl

* WVU faces its second non-conference opponent Power 5 this season. The Mountaineers are just one of 10 Power 5 conference members to have played two Power 5 non-conference games and one of only two teams (Duke) to play both on the road.

* Virginia Tech and Maryland are currently tied for the fourth-longest streak (53 games) in WVU history. After Thursday night’s game, the Hokies become the fourth-longest streak in WVU history at 54 games. Pitt is the longest streak with 105 games, Syracuse is No. 2 at 60 and Penn State is No. 3 with 59.

* The Mountaineers are 37-33-3 in games played Thursday, 13-13 in games played Thursday night and 11-9 in games played on ESPN Thursday night. WVU has won 10 of the last 15 games played on ESPN Thursday night and 11 of the last 17 games played Thursday night.

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

* West Virginia had four leading quarterbacks in touchdowns against Towson

* Among Power 5 teams, WVU is tied for No. 1 nationally and in the Big 12 Conference in scrimmage plays over 50 yards (4)

* CJ Donaldson is No. 3 nationally in rushing touchdowns (6), and Bryce Ford Wheaton is ranked No. 9 in receiving touchdowns (4)

* Donaldson is No. 5 nationally in points (12.0) and total touchdowns (6), and Ford-Wheaton is No. 33 (4) in total touchdowns

*According to PFF College, Ford-Wheaton is #1 nationally among Power 5 receivers in number of outlets contested (8)

* Ford-Wheaton is No. 10 nationally in receptions per game (8.0) and No. 20 in receiving yards per game (98.7)

* Casey Legg tied for first nationally in field goal percentage (100.0 – 4/4) and No. 30 in field goals per game (1.33)


Thursday’s game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be nationally televised on ESPN (Matt Barrie, Louis Riddick and Harry Lyles Jr.).


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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