WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
Milan Puskar Stadium (60,000/Field Turf)
ESPN — Rece Davis, Craig James, Jesse Palmer and Jenn Brown
WFLA-AM 970 (flagship)
National Radio - AFFILIATES
BIG EAST/ISP Sports Network
John Rooke and Peter Brock
West Virginia Radio
Mountaineer Sports Network
Sirius 122; XM 143
Thursday’s game will be the sixth meeting between USF and West Virginia … The series began in 2005, when USF joined the BIG EAST … USF holds a 3-2 series lead … All three USF wins have come against West Virginia teams that were ranked in the top 25 … USF won 24-19 in 2006, when West Virginia was No. 7 in the nation … The Bulls scored a 21-13 win in 2007 when West Virginia was ranked No. 5 and USF was No. 18 … The Bulls knocked off the 20th-ranked Mountaineers 30-19 last season in Tampa.
USF (3-2, 0-1 BIG EAST)
Skip Holtz (Notre Dame ’86)
3-2, first season at USF
75-52, 11th year as collegiate head coach
USF looks to rebound from a 13-9 loss to Syracuse to open the BIG EAST portion of the Bulls’ schedule … USF has held four of its first five opponents to 14 points or fewer … The Bulls rank 19th nationally in scoring defense (16.0 ppg) and are 12th in pass defense (155.0 ypg) … USF will play just its second road game of the 2010 season — the Bulls fell 38-14 at Florida Sept. 11 … QB B.J. Daniels has completed 52.6 percent of his passes (50 of 95) for 684 yards and four touchdowns, but has a league-high seven interceptions … RB Moise Plancher (289 yards, four touchdowns) and RB Demetris Murray (262 yards, one touchdown) give the Bulls two solid options in the backfield … WR Dontavia Bogan has 13 receptions for 231 yards and two touchdowns … DE Craig Marshall had three sacks against Syracuse and ranks fourth in the BIG EAST with four sacks on the year … LB Sam Barrington has a team-high 30 tackles … LB Mike Lanaris leads the team with two interceptions … RB Lindsey Lamar is the BIG EAST leader in kickoff returns (33.0 ypr).
25/25 WEST VIRGINIA (4-1)
Bill Stewart (Fairmont State ’75)
23-9, third season at West Virginia
31-34, sixth year as collegiate head coach
West Virginia improved to 4-1 with a 49-10 win against UNLV last week … The Mountaineers’ only loss is a 20-14 setback on the road against an LSU team that is ranked No. 9 in this week’s national polls … West Virginia has not allowed more than 21 points in its first five games … The Mountaineers lead the BIG EAST in scoring defense (13.6 ppg) and total defense (254.6 ypg) and are seventh nationally in both categories … QB Geno Smith is third in the BIG EAST in passing (227.8 yards per game) and total offense (236.2 ypg) … RB Noel Devine is ranked sixth in the BIG EAST in rushing (95.0 yards per game) … WR Tavon Austin (5.4 per game) and WR Jock Sanders (5.2) are second and third, respectively, in the BIG EAST in receptions … WR Brad Starks had four receptions for 100 yards and three TDs against UNLV and WR Stedman Bailey (11 catches, three TDs) rounds out a deep receiving unit … CB Keith Tandy leads the BIG EAST with three interceptions after registering two picks against UNLV … DE Bruce Irvin has a team-high four sacks.