Bits & Bytes: West Virginia - Cincinnati

As you take in the day's college football offerings, keep this tray of informational items nearby as the day winds down to the WVU - Cincinnati kickoff.






BlueGoldNews.com Game Scorecard
Series: WVU 13-1-1
Sat 11/17/07 7:45 PM
Cincinnati, OH

Nippert Stadium
Record: 8-1
BCS: 6
Last Game
UofL W 38-31

Click for Cincinnati Ohio Forecast
Record: 8-2
BCS: 22
Last Game
UCONN W 27-3
Rosters/ Bios
Press Release
Season Stats
2007 Schedule
First Meeting: 1970
Last Meeting: 2006
Rosters/Bios
Press Release
Season Stats
2007 Schedule

AGE BEFORE BEAUTY

Only four Football Bowl Subdivision programs have been in existence longer than Cincinnati, which began playing the game in 1885. Can you name them? Answer at the end of this column.

EQUIVALENCE

Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber, who leads the nation in punting average, has a long boot of 62 yards this year. The oddity is that he has done that three times – once against Miami (Oh) and twice against Marshall.

QUIETLY APPROACHING

With ten touchdown receptions this year, Darius Reynaud stands tied for third on the season touchdown record list at West Virginia. Reynaud, currently tied with Cedric Thomas (1980) and Chris Henry (2003), is one behind Reggie Rembert (1989) and two behind Henry (2004).

BLAZING

There are fast starts, and then there is Cincinnati. The Bearcats have outscored their opponents by the staggering margin of 119-36 in the first quarter. While many of those points have been set up by turnovers, in the end analysis it doesn't matter how the points get scored – only that they do.

Of course, WVU isn't bad in this department either, as it has outpaced foes by the round count of 100-30 in the first 15 minutes.

The two teams flip-flop spots in the overall scoring rate, with WVU averaging 40.4 points per game, which is good for tenth nationally. Cincinnati is right behind with a 36.6 points per game average, which places the Bearcats 18th in the country.

ONE MORE

The turnover angle has probably been beaten to death by this point, but just in case you haven't gotten it, here's one more nugget to gnaw on. West Virginia is 41-1 since 2002 in games in which it commits fewer turnovers than its opponent. "Hold on to the ball" has been a mantra for the Mountaineers in their preparations for the Bearcats.

SHARING THE LOAD

Cincinnati has seen 17 different players score at least one touchdown this year, while West Virginia has had only 11. The trio of Patrick White, Steve Slaton and Darius Reynaud have combined for 35 of WVU's 48 scores.

MEDIA GUIDE MUSINGS

The Bearcat media guide has followed the path of most other guides in becoming an advertisement and recruiting tool for the university. Only 45 pages of the guide are devoted to information on this year's team, and there are even sections for the cheerleaders and band that precede the 2007 outlook section and player biographies. However, that's becoming the norm, and not the exception, in this arena.

The UC guide is constructed well, however. The paper stock is thicker than most, and although this makes it heavier, it also stands up better to repeated use. Page numbers and headings are easy to find, and there does seem to be more historical and statistical information than most guides contain. This comes at the expense of current player information, however. One other nice feature is a schedule for football interviews and activities through the entire season.

The guide also includes hefty sections on both the Big East conference and UC's administrators, and while the former's presence is understandable, the amount of space devoted to the admin team seems a bit excessive. All in all, the guide is solid, but unspectacular.

ANSWER

Rutgers (1869), Michigan, (1879), Navy (1880) and Minnesota (1883) are the only top-tier programs older than Cincinnati's.


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