Sat 11/13, Noon
AP Rank: 13
Last Game: TU
Returning Starters: 16
AP Rank: 21
Last Game: RU
Returning Starters: 11
Last Meeting: 2003
Common Opponents to Date:
WVU 31- UConn 19 / BC 27 - UConn 7
WVU 35 - Rutgers 30 / BC 21 - Rutgers 10
WVU - Eddie Jackson (Knee) Out, Erick Phillips (Knee) Out, Josh Bailey (Shoulder) Out, Justin Dziak (Hamstring) Questionable, Antonio Lewis(Ankle) Questionable, Adam Jones (Foot) Probable, Jason Colson (Ankle) Probable.
Boston College - Lucas Lucero (Ankle) Questionable.
WVU offense vs. Boston College defense
Throughout the 2004 season, the strength of the Boston College team has been their defensive unit. The Eagles have allowed only 12.8 points and 295.4 yards per game. The Maroon and Gold rushing defense is ranked 12th in the country and has allowed only 2.9 yards per carry.
Leading the way for the Eagles will be All-World defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (6-7, 261). The All-American candidate has racked up 41 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, six sacks and two interceptions (one for a TD) on the season. The junior has been ranked the #1 NFL prospect in the college game according to Scout.com.
|WVU 8-1, 4-0
BC 6-2, 2-1
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|Series: WVU leads 21-10-1|
|TV: ABC (Split Coverage)|
|BCS: WVU-13 BC-27|
|Line: WVU -7|
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The Boston College linebacking corps has also had an outstanding season. At the top of the tackle chart for the Eagles are Ricky Brown (6-2, 228) and treu freshman Brian Toal (6-1, 223). Brown and Toal are tied for the lead in tackles with 49 and have combined for 4.5 tackles for a loss. Toal, a past recruiting target of the Mountaineers, received All-America honors from USA Today, Parade magazine, SuperPrep and Tom Lemming as a high school senior last season.
Rounding out the linebackers is Ray Henderson (6-3, 227). The junior has 39 stops and two interceptions on the season. Henderson was named Big East defensive player of the week after recording two interceptions, three pass deflections, one TFL and three solo tackles against Penn State.
A foursome of cornerbacks have split time in the defensive backfield for the Eagles. Will Blackmon (6-0, 202) and DeJuan Tribble (5-9, 187) have team to handle one side while the uniquely-named Jazzmen Williams (5-8, 181) and Peter Shean (5-9, 182) pair up on the opposite corner. Blackmon and Tribble have combined for 47 tackles, five interceptions and four pass breakups. Williams and Shean have teamed for 40 stops, one interception and six pass breakups. This unit is small in stature, but that doesn't equate to an advantage for the Mountaineers tall receivers. Very rarely will you see a Boston College cornerback in manon-man coverage.
Starting at the safety positions will be Ryan Glasper (6-0, 205) and T.J. Stancil (6-2, 215). Both players have been excellent in run support, recording a combined 78 tackles. Glasper was named The Sporting News Big East All-Freshmen squad last season while Stancil was named Most Valuable Defensive Player in the 2003 Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, where he picked off three passes.
By the numbers:
WVU is ranked 26th in total offense (419.78 yds/game), 4th in rushing offense (260.56 yds/game) and 104th in passing offense (159.22 yds/game).
Boston College is ranked 16th in total defense (295.38 yds/game), 12th in rushing defense (96.75 yds/game) and 15th in passing efficiency defense (104.44 rating).
Advantage: Slight edge to WVU
WVU defense vs. Boston College offense
The Eagle offense has been lead by senior quarterback Paul Peterson (6-0, 190). Peterson took over the reins at quarterback last season against the Mountaineers when he threw for three touchdowns and three interceptions in 35-28 loss. This season, the Utah native has completed 60.3% of his passes (167-277) for 2081 yards, including 13 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. The second year starter is averaging 269.8 yards per game of total offense.
Joining Peterson in the backfield are L.V. Whitworth (6-0, 215) and Everett Lee(5-11, 228). Whitworth, a redshirt freshman tailback, has gained 315 yards on 84 carries for an average of 3.8 yards per attempt. Whitworth is the fourth tailback to start this season for the Eagles and will most likely split time with redshirt freshman Andre Callender(5-11, 199). Callender is BC's leading rusher with 381 yards on 90 carries. The New Jersey native made his collegiate debut against Penn State, carrying the ball 27 times for 114 yards. Lee, who took over the starting fullback job from Mark Palmer, has not had a rushing attempt this season but has caught three passes for 15 yards.
Leading the Eagles in receptions is starting wideout Grant Adams (6-1, 201). The senior has hauled in 36 passes for 563 yards and two touchdowns. Joining Adams at the wide receiver position will be Joel Hazard (5-10, 184). Hazard has a team-leading four touchdown catches and a total of 24 receptions for 264 yards, an average of 33 yards per contest.
Boston College seems to always have a weapon at tight end, and this year is no different. David Kashetta (6-4, 251) has hauled in 14 passes for 171 yards, including two touchdowns, and must be acocunted for in the passing game. If the Eagles can get their ground game going, look for Kashetta to have a couple of catches off play action from Peterson.
In addition to a solid tight end, Boston College always fields a big offensive line. Although somewhat inexperienced, the Eagle offensive front five has been solid, allowing only 11 sacks to date, althoughpart of that stat also has to be attributed to the mobility of Peterson.
Starting at center is junior Patrick Ross (6-4, 295). Ross will be making his 22nd consecutive start against the Mountaineers on Saturday. Flanking Ross will be guards Josh Beekman (6-2, 320) and James Marten (6-8, 313). Beekman, a sophomore, will be making his ninth start of the season, while Marten, who moved to the offensive line in 2003, has started every game this season.
Forming one of the biggest tackle tandems in the nation will be Jeremy Trueblood (6-9, 330) and Gosder Cherilus (6-7, 310). Trueblood is the Eagles best offensive lineman and was named to 2004 Outland Trophy Watch List. Cherilus has started every game this season after redshirting the 2003 season.
By the numbers:
WVU is ranked 40th in total defense (340.33 yds/game), 42nd in rushing defense (129.78 yds/game) and 340th in passing efficiency defense (112.21).
Boston College is ranked 35th in total offense (401.88 yds/game), 75th in rushing offense (139.75 yds/game) and 22nd in passing offense (262.13 yds/game).
Advantage: Slight edge to BC
WVU special teams vs. Boston College special teams
The Boston College and West Virginia special teams have produced similar numbers during the 2004 campaign. Freshman kicker Ryan Ohliger (5-9, 195) has connected on 7-12 field goals this season, the same as WVU kicker Brad Cooper. Ohliger, brother of former WVU kicker Jon Ohliger, has hit onlythree of six tries outside 30 yards.
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The Eagles main weapon in the kick return game is Will Blackmon (6-2, 202). Blackmon is Boston College's version of Pac Man Jones, a defensive back with great return skills. Blackmon has averaged 10.5 yards per punt return with a long of 40 yards, and has gained 29.1 yards per kickoff return, including a 96-yard touchdown against Ball State. Look for Brad Cooper to use the short "pooch" kickoff to take Blackmon's return skills out of the game.
By the numbers:
WVU is ranked 63rd in net punting (35.48 yds/punt), 25th in kick returns (22.36 yds/return) and 10th in punt returns (15.21 yds/return).
Boston College is ranked 72nd in net punting (34.75 yds/punt), 4th in kick returns (28.68 yds/return) and 51st in punt returns (9.84 yds/return)
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On Offense: Chris Henry
On Defense: Mike Lorello
* You're so vain! One requirement of the Boston College cheerleading squads is to have a "Collegiate Appearance".
* On the fly! Once the Eagle was chosen as the BC mascot, two universities (Texas and New Mexico) each sent a live eagle as a gift to the school. Neither bird seemed to like their new surroundings, as one escaped while the other injured its beak in a breakout attempt. They must have been offered a better TV deal.
* Wrong move? The Eagles are 25-52-4 against current ACC members, including a 17-14 loss to Wake Forest this season.
* Pro bowlers? Since 1985 Boston College is 8-2 in bowl games and winners of their last four.
* WVU needs 24! Boston College is 0-13 versus the Mountaineers when the Blue and Gold score more than 24 points.
Be sure to check out our Stats & Trends section for lots more match up information!
This game is for all of the marbles, the Big East championship, a BCS bowl game, a multi-million dollar payout and conference pride. The Mountaineers have dominated the series, but that domination has began to fade over the last several years, with BC winning three out of the last seven contests. If the Blue and Gold can win the turnover battle and get its ground game going, the Mountaineer should be firing his musket 5 or 6 times on Saturday.
WVU - 21 Boston College - 20