Countdown to Kickoff – State of Kansas

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia is approaching May 19th-wrestled Kansas State later today at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown.

It’s Seniors’ Day for those who want to take part in the pre-game celebrations ahead of kick-off.

West Virginia (4-6, 2-5) clinches a 23-20 win over Oklahoma Casey Leggs 25-yard field goal after time runs out. It was the junior’s second game-winning field goal this season as his 22-yard kick at the end of the Baylor game gave WVU a 43-40 win.

“There was something special in that dressing room (after last Saturday’s win),” said the West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. “The staff, the players and the whole support group put so much into it so it was special to be able to go into the dressing room and celebrate; Becoming the first team to beat Oklahoma since making the Big 12 made it that much sweeter.”

The Mountaineers will need another performance similar to these two when they go up against 7-3 Kansas State. The Wildcats show wins against South Dakota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Baylor and loses by May 21St-Rank Tulane, fourth place TCU and Texas.

In his most recent 31-3 win at Baylor, backup quarterback Will Howard replaced injured starter Adrian Martinez to complete 19 of his 27 pass attempts for 196 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to tight end Ben Sinnott.

Dynamic running back Deuce Vaughn contributed 106 yards on the ground and now has 1,081 yards for the season and 3,127 for his career. The Round Rock, Texas resident has rushed for 4,295 yards from scrimmage in just 33 career games.

Junior defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah has gone from a walk-on to a potential first-round draft pick while anchoring a K-State defense at number 12th in the country and only allows 17.5 points per game.

State of Kansas is 14th in interceptions and 17th In-pass efficiency defense with a rating of 116.07.

“They are very good and I think they are playing their best football of the year,” said Brown. “They’re good on offense, defense and special teams, and they’re in the top 20 in the country for a reason.”

Last year, Kansas State ended West Virginia’s five-game winning streak with a 34-17 win in Manhattan. Vaughn had 25 rushes for 121 yards and one touchdown, and the Wildcats limited WVU’s ground play to just 77 yards on 26 attempts.

Kansas State, 5-2 in the Big 12 game with games remaining against West Virginia and Kansas, has the inside lane in the remaining seat in the Big 12 championship game on Saturday, December 3 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. TCU secured a place with the 17:10 win last Saturday in Texas.

West Virginia is still fighting to enter the Bowl if it can win its remaining two regular-season games against Kansas State and Oklahoma State.

The remainder of this week’s Big 12 schedule includes TCU at Baylor, Texas in Kansas, Texas Tech at Iowa State and Oklahoma State at Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam game.

“We’ve played well at home this year and we’re really looking forward to Saturday’s game,” concluded Brown.

Here’s today’s countdown to kickoff:

10 – WVU has underthrown more than 300 yards in a game TEN times Neal Brownincluding twice this season.

9 – The Mountaineers have lost NINE times in their history today but own a 3-3 record in games played that day at Morgantown.

8 – West Virginia ranks EIGHTH in red zone offense nationally and has scored 92.9% of his chances this season.

7 – The Mountaineers have registered at least 400 yards in total offense in SEVEN out of 10 games so far this season.

6 – West Virginia has had at least one 100-yard rusher, including a backup quarterback, in SIX out of 10 games this season Garrett Greenes 119 last Saturday against Oklahoma.

5 – SamJames moved up to fifth on the all-time WVU receiving list against Oklahoma last week and now shows 185 going into tonight’s game.

4 – seniors Dante Stills is now FOURTH on the school’s all-time sack list at 23½ and needs 2½ to put his father, Gary Stills, in third place.

3 – Bryce Ford Wheaton is ranked third nationally among FBS receivers with 16 disputed catches, according to Pro Football Focus.

2 – backup quarterback Garret Greene ran for TWO touchdowns in last Saturday’s 23-20 win over Oklahoma.

1 – Casey Legg is FIRST nationwide in field goal percentage (100%, 13-13).

Tonight’s game starts at 2pm and will be televised on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ (Mark Neely, Barrett Brooks and Tori Petry). Mountaineer Sports Network coverage will begin at 11 a.m. at stations across West Virginia and online via WVUsports.com and the WVU Gameday and The Varsity Network apps.

Satellite radio coverage is on SiriusXM channel 85 and the XM app channel 196.

Be sure to stop again afterwards for full post-game coverage.

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