West Virginia Mountaineers Vs Baylor Bears GameDay, TV/Radio, And Preview


The West Virginia Mountaineers have their work cut out for them on Saturday as they welcome the leaders of the Big 12 Conference, the Baylor University Bears to Milan Puskar Stadium.

The Mountaineers (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) are coming off a 37-34 victory on the road last week over the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.

But Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), who is ranked No. 4 in the country, is hoping to remain undefeated at the top of the Big 12 this week. They have three consecutive conference wins this season over Iowa State 49-28, Texas 28-7, and TCU 61-58.

Remembering that this is college football, not basketball, the two programs have put up 248 points combined on the scoreboard in their previous two meetings. You may need to limit your trips to the concession stand on Saturday so you do not miss any of the action.

When: Saturday, Oct 18

Kickoff: 12:00 p.m. ET (Gates open at 10:30 a.m.)

Site: Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown

Playing Surface: FieldTurf Duraspine

All-Time Series: Tied At 1-1

In Morgantown: WVU leads 1-0 (Sept. 29, 2012 – WVU wins 70-63)

In Waco, Texas: BU leads 1-0 (Oct. 5, 2013 – BU wins 73-42)

At Neutral Site: N/A

Television Coverage: Fox Sports 1

Announcers: Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece

Radio Coverage: WZST 100.9 FM and the Mountaineers Sports Network From IMG

Announcers: Tony Caridi and Dwight Wallace with Jed Drenning reporting from the sideline

Streaming Audio: http://wvu.leanplayer.com/

Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 84, XM Channel 84

Odds: WVU +8.5 According To Bovada Online Sportsbook

The WVU ground game in the last two games has accounted for 504 yards against Kansas and Texas Tech. In fact, last week against the Red Raiders, sophomore Wendell Smallwood and redshirt sophomore Rushel Shell became the first pair of runners to rush for more than 100 yards in the same game since Noel Devine and Pat White against Louisville in 2008.

Clint Trickett is in full control of Air Mountaineer as he has passed for 300 or more yards for a school record seven straight games. The 6-foot-2 redshirt senior has 12 touchdowns and just four interceptions in six games.

Kevin White is the nation’s active leader with 100 or more receiving yards in a school record six straight contests. The 6-foot-3 senior wide receiver No. 2 in the country with 10.2 receptions per game.

You can not over look West Virginia’s special teams this season. Senior wide receiver Mario Alford is ranked No. 2 nationally in kickoff return yards per game with 34.8. Last week, redshirt sophomore placekicker Josh Lambert tied the school record for the longest field goal in school history with his 55-yard boot to win the game at Texas Tech.

The West Virginia defense has forced 30 three-and-outs in six contests, forcing an average of five three-and-outs per game. They have yet to allow a touchdown on an opening drive of the game this season.

The Old Gold and Blue has surrendered six passing touchdowns all season for an average of one per contest. Sophomore cornerback Daryl Worley leads the squad with two interceptions this season.

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The Bears’ Art Briles is in his seventh season at the helm of the Baylor football program. During his tenure, he has led his squad to 28 league victories and claimed four bowl conquests.

Senior starting quarterback Bryce Petty has thrown a touchdown in 18 consecutive games in which he has played.The 6-foot-3, 230-pound signal caller passed for 510 yards and six touchdowns in last week’s comeback win over TCU and earned Big 12 Player of the Week and Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors.

One of Petty’s favorite targets is freshman wide receiver K.D. Cannon, who with 651 yards is ranked 12th nationally with 108.5 yards receiving per game.

Last week, Shock Linwood rushed for a season high 178 yards against the Horned Frogs. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound sophomore running back leads the Big 12 with 104.5 yards rushing per game. He has eight touchdowns in six contests this season.

Leading the Baylor defense is senior linebacker Bryce Hager who has 25 solo tackles and assists on 17 more stops for a total of 42 tackles.

Other defenders to keep an eye on include junior defensive end Shawn Oakmanwho has five sacks this season while sophomore safety Orion Stewart has three interceptions.

West Virginia continues the Big 12 part of their schedule as they head out to Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 25 to take on the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (5-1, 3-0 Big 12). Kick off is set for 3:30 p.m. ET.