SHOWDOWN AT THE START
West Virginia has done very well offensively out of the gate this year, scoring 87 points in the first quarter. Texas, on the other hand, has held down foes over the same period, allowing just 33 points all year. Who is the only UT opponent to score an offensive touchdown in the first 15 minutes of the game this season?
West Virginia has scored 30 or more points in eight consecutive games, which is a school record. While points are easier to come by in today's game, the total still points out the overall consistency with which the Mountaineer offense has been running. Extending that streak to nine will be a big challenge against a good Texas defense.
Every school promotes a “family atmosphere” when recruiting players to campus, but that notion has a real tie in Austin.
In addition, FB Dominic Cruciani (Michael - 2009-12), Quandre Diggs (Quentin Jammer - 1997-98, 2000- 01), Jaxon Shipley (Jordan - 2006-09), Chris Terry (Brad - 2011-12) and Kevin Vaccaro (Kenny - 2009-12) all have brothers who played at Texas.
Mountaineers Ricky Rumph, Jarrod Harper and Dayron Wilson have all been consistent special teams performers for West Virginia this year. While their tackle totals aren't high, due to the booming kicks of Michael Molinari and Nick O'Toole, who force touchbacks and fair catches with regularity, the trio has combined for 20 stops on the season. Other stalwarts include Al-Rasheed Benton and Sehlton Gibson, who each have five tackles.
While most of these players have amassed their totals on both kickoff and punt coverage, Rumph has made all eight of his team-best stops on kickoff returns.
West Virginia has a total of 15 quarterback sacks this year. Texas' top three sackers have combined for 14 on their own. UT has 27 total on the season. Amazingly, UT has piled up these numbers without the services of senior Desmond Jackson, who was lost to a season-ending injury in the UCLA game.
DOWN A NOTCH
Texas entered the season with the second most wins in college football history, but has been passed by Notre Dame. Currently, UT stands third with 879 all-time wins, trailing the Irish (881) and Michigan (914). Nebraska (873) won’t pass the Horns this year, but will be aiming to do so in 2015. WVU currently has 718 all-time wins.
Iowa State scored on a four-yard pass with 4:04 to go in the opening quarter against the Longhorns on Oct. 18. UT has given up three other touchdowns in the first period this year, but they came on a blocked field goal return, a kickoff return and a defensive fumble recovery in the end zone.