WVU - BC Game Preview

This week the Boston College Eagles visit the University City looking to become bowl eligible. On the flip side, the Mountaineers look to get Rich Rodriguez his first win over a quality BCS opponent.

Series: West Virginia leads series 19-10-1

Common Opponents: Miami 38 - BC 6, Miami 40 - WVU 23

Eagles to watch: QB-Brain St. Pierre, WR-Jamal Burke, OL-Dan Koppen, P-Kevin McMyler, K-Sandro Sciortino, RB-Derrick Knight, KR-Will Blackmon

Injuries: WVU - Ernest Hunter (Leg) Out, Darnell Glover (Knee) Questionable, Brian King (Thumb) Probable, Ken Sandor (Ankle) Questionable, Grant Wiley (Ribs) Probable.

Boston College - Peter Shean (Knee) Out, Antonio Garay (Ankle) Out, Doug Goodwin (Hip) Out, Ricky Brown (Knee) Questionable, Phil Mettling (Knee) Questionable, Patrick McShane (Knee) Questionable.

Game outlook:

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Game Info
WVU 3-1, 6-3
BC 0-3, 5-3
Sat. 11/9 Noon
Mountaineer Field
Series: WVU 19-10-1
TV: ESPN
Sagarin: WVU-45 - BC-34
Line: WVU -3
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WVU offense vs. Eagles defense

The Mountaineer running attack must be effective on Saturday to drop the Eagles to 0-4 in the Big East. The Eagles have a solid group of defensive backs that will make the passing game difficult to get into high gear. On the flip side, Boston College has suffered some injuries to the defensive front that should make it easier for Rasheed Marshall, Avon Cobourne and Quincy Wilson to formulate an effective ground attack.

The Boston College defense is lead by linebacker Josh Ott (6-2 225 Jr). Ott lead the Eagles in tackles with 73, 4 of them for loss, along with 4 pass break-ups. Rounding out the linebackers are Vinny Ciurciu (5-11 240 Sr) and Brian Flores (5-11 212 Jr). Ciurciu and Flores, although small in stature, are active and have combined for 122 tackles.

Tim Bulman (6-3 280 So) has been the most productive defensive lineman for the Eagles. Bulman has accumulated 35 tackles, 1 sack and 8 quarterback hurries from his position as left tackle. Joining Bulman on the defensive line are Derric Rossy (6-3 253 Sr), Tom Martin (6-4 282 Jr) and Phillip Mettling (6-2 257 So). Rossy, Martin and Mettling have combined for 62 tackles and 4 sacks.

BC's secondary is lead by strong safety Doug Bessette (5-11 203 Sr). Bessette has 58 tackles, eight of them coming behind the line of scrimmage. Bessette has the speed to blitz so the Mountaineer backfield will have to keep one eye on him in passing situations.

Free safety Ralph Parent (6-2 206 Sr) is the fourth leading tackler on the team, racking up 54 stops to go with with two interceptions. The cornerbacks are Trevor White (5-8 184 Sr) and Larry Lester (5-7 169 Rfr). White and Lester are short which means that Marshall should use WVU's tall receivers to his advantage with some fade patterns.

By the numbers:

WVU ranks 17th in total offense (424.2 yds/game), 1st in rushing offense (297.3 yds/game) and 109th in passing offense (126.8 yds/game).

BC ranks 41st in total defense (344.2 yds/game), 85th in rushing defense (177.5 yds/game) and 33rd in passing efficiency defense (100.8 rating).

Advantage : WVU

WVU defense vs. Eagles offense

The Mountaineer secondary will have their hands full against the Boston College passing attack lead by quarterback Brian St. Pierre (6-4 217 Sr). St. Pierre is having another solid season for the Eagles, passing for 1713 yards, 11 touchdowns and has connected on 59.1% of his passes (140-237). While his completion percentage is impressive, he has also thrown 10 interceptions, which could mean he has trouble reading defenses. WVU's defensive backfield will look to disguise their coverages which could lead to a couple of BC turnovers.

St. Pierre will be handing the ball off to Derrick Knight (5-9 205 Jr). Knight has been impressive in his first year as the starter. He has averaged 108.1 yards/game and reached the end zone 8 times, including one reception for a TD. Knight's style will remind fans of Avon Cobourne but his statistics will not. Knight has improved as the Big East season has progressed, rushing for 57, 94 and 136 yards against Miami, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh, respectively.

Catching passes from St. Pierre will be a group of speedy and athletic receivers. Book-end receivers Jamal Burke(6-1 207 Sr) and Keith Hemmings (6-2 209 Sr) have lead the receiving corp with 25 receptions a piece. Burke has gained 358 yards and two TD's on his 25 grabs while Hemmings has picked up 345 yards and 2 TD's Rounding out the receivers are Grant Adams (6-0 189 So) and tight end Sean Ryan(6-5 259 Jr). Ryan has been used effectively, catching 13 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

By the numbers:

WVU ranks 17th in total defense (305.3 yds/game), 13th in rushing defense (96.7 yds/game) and 48th in passing efficiency defense (112.0 rating).

BC ranks 87th in total offense (360.0 yds/game), 63th in rushing offense (143.8 yds/game) and 62th in passing (216.9 yds/game).

Advantage: Eagles

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WVU special teams vs. Eagles special teams

WVU's special teams will need to play mistake free to give the Mountaineers the best shot at defeating the Eagles on Saturday.

The Eagles kicking game is lead by kicker, Sandro Sciortino (5-10 201 Jr). Sciortino has struggled at times this season connecting on 13-20 field goals and missing two out of 21 extra points. Sciortino has connected on a 49 yard field goal and is 5-8 from beyond 40 yards. Handling the punting for BC will be Kevin McMyler (6-1 194 Sr). McMyler has averaged


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