Note: This feature appears in Mountaineer Gameday in Friday editions of the Charleston Daily Mail and Charleston Gazette. Daily Mail Sports Editor Chuck McGill provides numbers and nuggets for West Virginia University's football game. This week, he breaks down Saturday's matchup between the Mountaineers and nationally ranked Texas Tech.
O -- Running backCharles Sims has led West Virginia in receiving twice. Receivers Kevin White, Daikiel Shorts and Ronald Carswell have also paced the Mountaineers in receiving yards. All of those players are newcomers to the program, making it zero times this season that a returning player has led the team in receiving.
2 -- Number of catches on the road for West Virginia's receiver Daikiel Shorts. The true freshman leads the team with 28 grabs, but 26 have come at Mountaineer Field. Shorts has two receptions for 35 yards outside of Morgantown this season.
3 -- The West Virginia pass defense should be granted a bit of respite this week. Kansas State has only passed for 300 plus yards once this season, and that was 305 against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Mountaineers have allowed 300 or more passing yards in three consecutive games, a dubious feat that didn't even occur during last season's historically bad defensive season.
4.97 -- Charles Sims has 112 rushing attempts for 557 yards - an average of 4.97 yards per carry. That is the lowest average of Sims' career. He averaged 5.29 yards per carry as a freshman, 7.46 yards as a sophomore and 5.96 yards last season.
10.5 -- Kansas State is a 10.5-point favorite against West Virginia this Saturday. This is the fifth consecutive game in which WVU will go in as the underdog, the longest such streak for the Mountaineers' football program since 1992. That year, WVU was an underdog against Virginia Tech, Boston College, Syracuse, Penn State and Miami in succession. The Mountaineers went 1-4 in that stretch. If WVU loses Saturday, it'll be 1-4 in this year's run, too.
12 -- The combined Big 12 losses of WVU's final five conference opponents. The Mountaineers have played four league games - all against nationally ranked teams. Those teams - Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas Tech - are a combined 12-2 in Big 12 play and 24-2 overall. WVU's next five opponents are 4-12 in the Big 12, none of which are ranked.
21.8 -- That is WVU's average margin of defeat this season: 9 points to Oklahoma, 37 to Maryland, 31 to Baylor and 10 to Texas Tech. In six losses last season, the Mountaineers lost by an average of 20.5 points per game.
46 -- Remember Nov. 23, 2012? That was 46 weeks ago, the last time the Mountaineers won away from home. WVU beat Iowa State, 31-24, that day. Since then, WVU has lost to Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl, at Oklahoma, Maryland in Baltimore and at Baylor. Overall, WVU has lost six of seven games away from Mountaineer Field.
74 -- Kansas State Coach Bill Snyder turned 74 years old on October 7. The Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012 is the oldest head coach in college football's Bowl Subdivision. Snyder is also 41 years older than Texas Tech Coach Kliff Kingsbury, whom the Mountaineers faced last week.
123 -- WVU quarterback Clint Trickett is expected to make his fourth consecutive start this Saturday. The junior transfer from Florida State has already thrown more passes (123) than he did in his two-year stint with the Seminoles (106). At FSU, though, Trickett had seven touchdowns against four interceptions. At WVU, Trickett has three touchdowns and three picks.