WVU Gameweek: Get to Know the Mountaineers

It be must-see TV for anybody outside the respective fan bases, and despite the fact neither team will be playing in a bowl, this game has substantial repercussions for both squads moving forward, especially in recruiting

In the current scope of college football, Iowa State's game at West Virginia doesn't matter much.

But while the matchup of the Cyclones (2-9) and Mountaineers (4-7) won't be must-see TV for anybody outside the respective fan bases, and despite the fact neither team will be playing in a bowl, this game has substantial repercussions for both squads moving forward, especially in recruiting.

For Iowa State, 3-9 looks a hell of a lot better than 2-10. For West Virginia, a final record of 5-7 isn't toobad, considering Dana Holgorsen lost Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Baily from last season's team, which wasn't much better, anyway.

The Mountainners are happy to have Florida State transfer Clint Trickett activated for the last game of the season. Trickett attempted two passes in the season opener then didn't play the next three games. He earned the starting job with a 309-yard performance in an upset win over Oklahoma State and played through, being knocked out Nov. 9 against Kansas.

Without Trickett, the Mountainners turned to Paul Millard over Ford Childress, the starter to begin the year. Millard completed 23 of 42 passes, with two touchdowns and interceptions against the Jayhawks.

Holorsen this week he'll decide between Trickett and Millard for Saturday's game.

Whoever gets the start has the luxury of handing off to a very good running back in Charles Sims, who's second in the Big 12 in total yards rushing, behind James Sims of Kansas (no relation), with 946 yards. The Houston transfer has nine touchdowns and is averaging 5.14 yards a carry.

Pace-wise, the Cyclones and Mountaineers are very similar. According to Encyclonepedia, West Virginia averages 74.27 plays a game to Iowa State's 73.82. Clickherefor that link.

The Mountaineers' defense has been bad in most facets but has proved opportunistic, with 15 fumble recoveries and 11 interceptions. Its offense's avalanche of turnovers, however, put West Virginia in the red in terms of turnover margin (28 lost, 26 gained).

Matchup Preview | November 30, 2013
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Iowa State Cyclones
(2-9, 1-4 Away)
West Virginia Mountaineers
(4-7, 3-2 Home)
Offensive Stats Comparison
343.7 (105)Total Offensive Yards396.5 (76)
209 (84)Passing Yards235.5 (42)
134.7 (96)Rushing Yards142.9 (86)
22.4 (99)Points Per Game24.7 (90)
15 (73)Passing TD14 (84)
14 (91)Rushing TD16 (77)
93.5 (7)Red Zone Percentage82.8 (62)
Defensive Stats Comparison
453.5 (106)Total Yards Allowed443.4 (103)
228.5 (64)Passing Yards Allowed257.2 (101)
225 (111)Rushing Yards Allowed186 (87)
35.3 (107)Points Per Game31.6 (93)
13 (112)Sacks15 (104)
11 (11)Fumble Recoveries15 (3)
6 (109)Interceptions11 (54)
82.6 (62)Red Zone Percentage84.6 (81)
Game Notes
Iowa State and West Virginia faced each other for the first time last year in Ames, as the Mountaineers won, 31-24. Neither team will be playing in a bowl game ... West Virginia locked its fate up with a road loss to Kansas and an overtime loss to Texas a week earlier


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