Milan Puskar Stadium (60,000/Field Turf)
BIG EAST Network — John Sanders and Rene Nadeau
West Virginia Radio
Mountaineer Sports Network
Sirius 157; XM 203
Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between West Virginia and UNLV … It marks the second straight game in which the Mountaineers face an opponent for the first time.
|This Weekend's Games
UConn @ Rutgers (7:30pm, ESPN) - PREVIEW
Syracuse @ USF (Noon, BIG EAST Network) - PREVIEW
Memphis @ Louisville (2pm, ESPN3.com) - PREVIEW
Pittsburgh @ Notre Dame (3:30pm, NBC) - PREVIEW
UNLV @ WVU(3:30pm, BIG EAST Network) - PREVIEW
Miami (OH) @ Cincinnati (7pm, ESPN3.com) - PREVIEW
WEST VIRGINIA (3-1)
Bill Stewart (Fairmont State ’75)
22-9, third season at West Virginia
30-34, sixth year as collegiate head coach
West Virginia looks to rebound from its first loss of the season, a 20-14 setback at Louisiana State Sept. 25 … The Mountaineers did not play last week … Saturday’s game is the first of three straight home games for West Virginia, which has visits from USF and Syracuse up next … After gaining at least 400 yards in each of its first three games, West Virginia was held to just 177 yards of offense against LSU … The Mountaineers have turned the ball over 10 times through four games … RB Noel Devine was slowed by a foot injury against LSU, but still ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in rushing this season at 97.8 yards per game … Devine has 87 carries for 391 yards and two touchdowns … QB Geno Smith has completed 85 of 130 passes for 919 yards and nine TDs and two interceptions … Smith ranks second in the BIG EAST in passing (229.8 yards per game) … WR Jock Sanders and WR Tavon Austin both average 6.0 receptions per game … The Mountaineers lead the BIG EAST in total defense (249.2 yards per game) and are second in scoring defense (14.5 ppg) … LB Anthony Leonard has a team-high 27 tackles, while DE Bruce Irvin has a team-high three sacks.
UNLV (1-4, 1-1 Mountain West)
Bobby Hauck (Montana ’88)
1-4, first season at UNLV
81-21, eighth season as collegiate head coach
UNLV was unable to get back-to-back wins as the Rebels dropped a 44-26 decision to No. 25 Nevada last Saturday in Las Vegas … UNLV’s ledger also includes losses to Wisconsin (ranked No. 12 at the time) and Utah (No. 20) … The lone win was a 45-10 decision against New Mexico … The Rebles will play their first game in the Eastern time zone since 2004 with Saturday’s visit to West Virginia … UNLV ranks 110th nationally in total offense (286.4 yards per game) … QB Omar Clayton is a dual-threat player who has thrown for 748 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 148 yards and one TD … S Mike Clausen was the Opening Day starter at quarterback, but has since moved to safety … RB Channing Trotter has rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown on 48 carries … WR Phillip Payne and WR Michael Johnson are tied for the team lead with 23 receptions each … Johnson has three touchdown receptions, while Payne has two … CB Will Chandler has a team-high four interceptions, good for third nationally … Head coach Bobby Hauck is in his first year in Las Vegas after spending seven seasons at Montana, where he advanced to the title games of three NCAA Championships.