Sat 9/10/05, 6:00 p.m.
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WHO WAS THAT #41?
Official statistics from the Syracuse game listed this scoring play for West Virginia:
2nd 12:24 WVU – TICE, Kevin 31 yd interception return (MCAFEE, Pat kick)
It wasn't a misidentification by the Syracuse stat crew, but rather an unintended by-product of automation. Most stat programs operate from numbers rather than names, so that operators only have to enter the number to identify a player that performed an action during the game.
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That sort of mistake is understandable, but it was carried over in the first releast of the official stats from the Big East Conference this week. There, under interception leaders, is TICE, Kevin, WVU. And somehow, according to the league, he has already played two games this year.
NO PUNTING ALLOWED?
Wofford was 3-8 on fourth down tries in their opener, while West Virginia was a perfect 2-2. On the second of those conversions, freshman Jason Gwaltney showed his power by running over a Syracuse opponent that stood between him and the first down marker.
With both teams having confidence in their running games, there could be some classic fourth down showdowns under the lights.
TOP FIVE BOUND?
Senior bandit Mike Lorello excels at knifing into the gackfield and cutting down ball carriers with crisp knee-high tackles, so it's no surprise to see him moving up the career tackles-for-loss list. After his two TFLs at Syracuse, he now stands ninth on WVU's all-time list with 26.5 stops behind the line.
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Even if Lorello doesn't catch Wiley, he'll certainly finish in the top five in the stat. He needs just four more big plays to pass Delbert "Tree" Fowler (30 TFLs) for fifth.
MR. BLACK WOULD APPROVE
I think there are some people more concerned with what West Virginia wears than they are with the outcome of the game. I'm not sure when the fashion set overtook Mountaineer Field, but every week we get anxious posts on our boards. "What colors are we wearing"? "I hope it's not white on white." "I hate the batwings." And so on.
My suggestion for next week? Don't ask about the unis. Let it be a surprise.
OUT OF FOCUS
Although Michael Hobbs, Gabriel Jackson and Corey Dunn are the main threats in the Wofford backfield, WVU can't focus on that trio alone. Nine different Terriers carried the ball against Georgetown (Ky.) a week ago. Wofford, like West Virginia, uses a number of backs in the game, and anyone, including the wide receivers, is liable to come around the corner with a handoff or pitch.