Mountaineer Team Statistics Matchup

With the week off, we take a chance to look at some interesting statistical numbers after WVU's first three games of the season.

Today we take a look at how the Mountaineers stack up against the rest of Division 1-A after the first four weeks of the college football season. As you will see, there are areas in which WVU has excelled and areas that need improvement.

Pros:

WVU ranks 23rd in scoring offense (36.0 ppg).

WVU ranks 6th in total offense (494 ypg).

WVU ranks 4th in rushing offense (282 ypg).

Cons:

WVU ranks 86th in punt return defense (7.1 yds).

WVU ranks 94th in pass efficiency defense (137.4)

WVU ranks 92nd in net punting (30.5 ypa).

* All rankings are national

Statistical Comparison of West Virginia
with Year-to-Date Opponents
(as of September 16, 2002)

Statistic

WVU

Opponents

Differential

Points / Game

36.0

24.3

+11.7

Yards / Game

494.0

336.3

+157.7

Rushing Yards / Game

282.0

115.0

+167.0

Passing Yards / Game

212.0

221.3

-9.3

Yards / Play

6.2

5.1

+1.1

Rushing Yards / Carry

5.6

3.2

+2.4

Passing Yards / Attempt

7.1

7.5

-0.3

Passing Yards / Completion

12.7

11.9

+0.9

Passing Completion %

56.2

62.9

-6.7

Punt Return Average

7.1

14.0

-6.9

Yards / 7 Points

96.1

96.8

+0.7

Plays / 7 Points

15.5

18.9

+3.4

Rushing Play %

62.8

54.8

+7.9

Passing Play %

37.2

45.2

-7.9

Turnovers / Game

1.3

1.7

+0.3

Fumbles / Game

1.0

0.7

-0.3

Intercept / Game

0.3

1.0

+0.7

Turnover %

1.7

2.5

+0.9

Fumble %

2.0

1.9

-0.1

Intercept %

1.1

3.4

+2.2

West Virginia Defensive Statistical Rankings
[Average Rank = 63.3]
(as of September 16, 2002)

Category

Value

Units

Rank

Scoring

24.3

pts/g

60

Total Defense

336.3

yds/g

52

Rushing

115.0

yds/g

39

Pass Efficiency Defense

137.4

rtg pts

94

Punt Returns

7.1

yds @

86

Turnover Margin

+0.3

mgn/g

49

West Virginia Offensive Statistical Rankings
[Average Rank = 37.8]
(as of September 16, 2002)

Category

Value

Units

Rank

Scoring

36.0

pts/g

23

Total Offense

494.0

yds/g

6

Rushing

282.0

yds/g

4

Passing

212.0

yds/g

60

Net Punting

30.5

yds @

97

Kickoff Returns

22.9

yds @

37


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