Sat 9/10/05, 6:00 p.m.
Poll Rank: NR
Poll Rank: NR
Last Meeting: None
Common Opponents to Date:
WVU - Erick Phillips (Knee) Out, Rayshawn Bolden (Foot) Probable, Darius Reynaud (Shoulder) Probable
Wofford - Unavailable
WVU offense vs. Wofford defense
The Terrier defense excels at creating turnovers, and will likely be going for broke int hat department as they face a WVU offense that committed five boo-boos against Syracuse in Week One.
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Justin Bell (6-0, 230) heads the linebacking corps. His eight tackles against Georgetown led the team, and showed the level of productivity this solid group can achieve. Three-year letterman Jim Thurman (6-2, 215) and Josh Smith (6-0, 225) were also very productive in the Terriers' opening win, as was Derek Newberry (6-2, 215). The trio combined for 16 tackles last week.
Sophomore Jason Leventis (5-10, 205) recorded five tackles in week one, while Kyle Horne (6-2, 195) added one of Wofford's two sacks.
In the secondary, Wofford boasts a great deal of experience, with three returning starters. Safety Dan Tavani (5-10, 200) heads the group, and is joined by Brian Kemp (5-11, 175,) and Dedrick Stuckey (5-10, 180). The trio did yield three TD passes against Georgetown a week ago, and WVU's bigger wide receivers will no doubt be hoping to duplicate that number. Brian Ford (6-3, 195) rounds out the starting group at strong safety. He and Tavani each had four tackles in Wofford's opening win.
By The Numbers (1AA Rankings for Wofford):
WVU is ranked 68th in total offense (338 yds/game), 40th in rushing offense (172 yds/game) and 79th in passing offense (167 yds/game).
Wofford is ranked 52nd in total defense (341 yds/game), 23rd in rushing
defense (70 yds/game) and 64th in passing efficiency defense (130.15
WVU defense vs. Wofford offense
Wofford's wingbone offense incorporates principles of the classic option as well as elements of the veer. With numerous cutbacks and lots of misdirection, the attack tries to take advantage of overpursuit and undisciplined defense play to create gaps and running lanes in the defensive front.
Keying the attack is quarterback Josh Collier, who had 11 carries for 25 yards in the opening game. Collier is a respectable threat n the ground, but struggled through the air in the opening contest, completing just four of his 17 tries. That performance put Wofford last in Division 1AA in passing offense. Collier isn't expected to burn up the passing lanes, however. His primary job is distributing the football in the running game, which he does very well.
The strength of the Terrier offense is obviously in the backfield, where the starting trio of fullback Michael Hobbs (5-10, 195) and halfbacks Gabriel Jackson (5-9, 185) and Corey Dunn (5-11, 205) nearly pulled off a triple-100 yard day. Hobbs, who WVU must pay close attention to, rumbled for 118 yards in the opener. Jackson added 104 and Dunn another 98, giving the them 320 yards total. Terrence Ware (5-9, 180) chipped in with another 45 yards on just seven carries, giving the Terriers a stable of backs that can pile up yardage quickly. Jackson's 104 yards came on just seven carries, giving him a gaudy yards per carry average of 14.9
The passing game, conversely, doesn't figure to be much of a threat. No Wofford receiver caught more than one pass in the game. Brandon Berry (5-8, 160) was the Terriers top receivng threat a year ago, and but he will have to do better than the single six-yard catch he has to date in order to spark the Wofford passing attack. Tight end Fenn Allen (6-5, 215) had the longest pass play on the team with a 14-yard reception.
By The Numbers:
WVU is ranked 1st in total defense (103 yds/game), 5th in rushing defense (18 yds/game) and 2nd in passing efficiency defense (58.53).
Wofford is ranked 19th in total offense (448 yds/game), 3rd in rushing offense (413 yds/game) and 94th in passing offense (35 yds/game).
WVU special teams vs. Wofford special teams
The Terriers could give up a lot of field position in this battle. Only their punt return average comes close to the Mountaineers' average, so exchanges of punts and kickoffs could yield appreciable field position switches. Syracuse took advantage of this last week with the booming punts of Brendan Carney, but this week it could be the Mountaineers' turn to shine.
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Either Tommie or Nick Robinson (5-10, 180) will handle field goal attempts, should the Terriers decied to attmept one. They went for eight fourth down conversions a week ago, converting three of them.
Wide receiver Berry heads the punt return game, but had just two chances for 12 yards. Defensive back Alex Love (6-0, 185) did better with his one chance, scampering 15 yards to gain some of that all important hidden yardage. Kemp did a respectable job on kickoff returns, averaging 21 yards on four tries.
By The Numbers:
WVU is ranked 67th in net punting (35.57 yds/punt), 10th in kick returns (31 yds/return) and 35th in punt returns (11 yds/return).
WC is ranked 67th in net punting (29.5 yds/punt), 68th in kick returns (17.2 yds/return) and 37th in punt returns (9 yds/return)
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Wofford won't be nervous coming into Morgantown, as the Terriers have averaged more than one Division 1A road trip over the past seven years. However, that won't be enough for the 1AA visitors to overcome the talent gap. WVU got a big boost of confidence with their road win over Syracuse, and will be looking to put more pieces together offensively against the visitors.
WVU - 38 Wofford - 10