WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS at CINCINNATI BEARCATS
Paul Brown Stadium (65,535/FieldTurf)
Saturday, November 12 • Noon • ABC
ABC — Mark Neely and Ray Bentley
West Virginia Radio Cincinnati Radio
WAJR-AM 1440 (flagship) WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
Sirius 128; XM 203
Saturday’s game will be the 20th meeting between West Virginia and Cincinnati in a series that dates to 1921 … West Virginia holds a 15-3-1 series lead after taking a 37-10 decision last year at Milan Puskar Stadium … West Virginia went 11-0-1 against Cincinnati from 1921-2002, but is 4-3 against the Bearcats since 2003 … West Virginia is 7-1 against the Bearcats in Cincinnati … Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones served as an assistant at West Virginia from 2005-06.
WEST VIRGINIA (6-3, 2-2 BIG EAST)
Dana Holgorsen (Iowa Wesleyan ’93)
6-3, first season
West Virginia has dropped two of its last three games following a 38-35 setback to Louisville … The Mountaineers are 2-1 on the road with wins at Maryland and Rutgers and a loss at Syracuse … The Mountaineers have outscored their opponents by a 103-40 margin in the third quarter … The Mountaineers lead the BIG EAST in total offense (487.8 ypg) and passing offense (361.0 ypg) … West Virginia is averaging 38.2 points per game, good for second in the BIG EAST … QB Geno Smith is ranked seventh nationally in passing (347.2 yards per game) … Smith has completed 240 of 374 passes for 3,125 yards and 23 touchdowns with five interceptions … Smith moved into second place on West Virginia’s career passing chart (6,197 yards) … WR Stedman Bailey is averaging 103.7 receiving yards per game to lead the BIG EAST … Bailey has 51 catches for 933 yards and nine touchdowns … WR Tavon Austin is third nationally in all-purpose yards (190.6 ypg) … RB Dustin Garrison leads the team in rushing (581 yards, five touchdowns) … DB Darwin Cook has a team-high 64 tackles, while DE Bruce Irvin has a team-high 4.5 sacks.
No. 23/18 CINCINNATI (7-1, 3-0 BIG EAST)
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
11-9, second season at Cincinnati
38-21, fifth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati has won six straight following a 26-23 win at Pittsburgh … The Bearcats are 3-0 in the BIG EAST despite trailing in the second half of all three conference games … Cincinnati has erased a 10-point second-half deficit in each of its last two games … Cincinnati leads the BIG EAST and is 11th nationally in scoring offense (39.3 ppg) … The Bearcats are sixth nationally in rushing defense (87.6 ypg) … RB Isaiah Pead is third in the BIG EAST in rushing (102.6 ypg) … Pead has rushed for 821 yards and eight touchdowns on 136 carries and is averaging a league-leading 6.0 yards per carry … QB Zach Collaros has completed 147 of 232 passes for 1,790 yards and 14 touchdowns with eight interceptions … Collaros also has eight rushing touchdowns … WR Kembrell Thompkins (35 receptions, 427 yards, 2 TDs) and WR Anthony McClung (33 receptions, 444 yards, 3 TDs) comprise one of the top receiving tandems in the BIG EAST … LB JK Schaffer has a team-high 67 tackles with three interceptions and 5.5 tackles for loss … DE Derek Wolfe leads the BIG EAST with seven sacks and is second in the conference with 12 tackles for loss.