WVU is 43-1 since 2000 when scoring 30 points or more in a game. Without looking, can you name the contest that the Mountaineers lost? Answer at the end of this column.
Western Michigan has never won a game in front of a crowd larger than 60,000. The Broncos defeated Virginia last year before 59,679 disgruntled Cavalier fans, making that the biggest group to witness a WMU win. WMU is 0-15
The Mountaineers average just more than 304 yards rushing per game in home openers since 2001. That number, of course was bolstered by Kay Jay Harris, who racked up 337 yards of his own against East Carolina in 2004, but WVU didn't live on that performance alone. In five of the six games, West Virginia had at least one player over the 100-yard rushing mark, and only once (2002 vs.Wisconsin) did it fail to top the 200-yard rushing plateau as a team.
EAST MEETS WEST
For the entire 2007 season a Japanese collegiate football coach will be shadowing the Western Michigan program. Masatoshi Isowa spent all of spring and preseason camp in Kalamazoo learning coaching techniques from the staff. He will stay with the program until the conclusion of the season. He is also shadowing math courses in order to bring different teaching techniques back to Japan.
|WVU 0-0, 0-0
WMU 0-0, 0-0
|Sat 9/1 3:30 pm|
|Series: WVU 1-0-0|
|TV: ESPN Regional|
|AP: WVU 3rd - WMU NR|
|Line: WVU -24|
BASHING ‘EM IN
Fullback/tight end Owen Schmitt has broken eight facemasks during his career.
ON THE DEFENSIVE
WMU held 10 of 13 teams under 100 yards net rushing in 2006, including three opponents that did not reach double digits in team rushing and another that could not manage positive numbers. The question, of course, is whether they can reach that level of achievement again in 2007. The Broncos lost a pair of outstanding linebackers, but defensive MVP Dustin Duclo returns to anchor the unit.
MEDIA GUIDE MUSINGS
Each week, we'll wrap up this column with a look at the enemy's media guide, and highlight any interesting items that jump out at us.
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SCORING BARRAGE ANSWER
We started you off with an easy one. Last year, the Mountaineers dropped a 44-34 decision on the road to Louisville.