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 the Texas Longhorns.
4 -- Since the Big 12's inaugural season in 1996, Texas has played just four regular season games in the Eastern time zone. This weekend's trip to Morgantown will be No. 5. The Longhorns have been successful on those long trips, defeating UCF in 2007, Ohio State in 2005 and North Carolina in 2002 - all wins by a Mack Brown-coached team. In 1996, Texas and then-Coach John Mackovic lost at nationally ranked Virginia, 37-13.
5.5 -- WVU's defense held the TCU offense to 5.22 yards per play last Saturday. Dana Holgorsen is now 17-3 when his defense can hold a team under 5.5 yards per play. WVU is 0-4 this season when teams average more than 5.5 yards per play. Texas is a perfect 4-0 this season when averaging more than 5.5 yards per play, and 13-2 the past two seasons when eclipsing that offensive mark. --
9 -- WVU kicker Josh Lambert missed a field goal against William & Mary and Georgia State and two against Oklahoma State. Since then, Lambert has been perfect on nine tries, including a long of 50 yards. Lambert is 13-of-17 on field goals this season, including 10-for-12 in Big 12 play.
11 -- This is the second consecutive week - and third time this season - West Virginia will play a team from Texas. West Virginia has 11 players from the Lone Star State, the fifth-most players from one state behind Florida (21), Ohio (18), West Virginia (17) and Pennsylvania (12).
13 -- West Virginia leads the Big 12 in turnovers gained and fumbles recovered. The latter stat is among the national leaders, too. The Mountaineers have recovered 13 fumbles in nine games this season, and trail only North Texas (15) for the national lead. Ball State is tied with WVU for second in the nation.
20 -- The red zone - the 20-yard line and in - has been a rough spot for WVU, especially when it comes to touchdowns. The Mountaineers have scored a touchdown on 12 of 26 redzone trips, 46.15 percent. That ranks No. 114 of 125 teams nationally.
26 -- Texas will not be the ninth ranked opponent - and fifth this season - that the Mountaineers will have faced since joining the Big 12. The Longhorns have been surging since their September struggles and are a perfect 5-0 in Big 12 play. The Associated Press and USA Today Coaches poll voters both put Texas at No. 26 overall - the first team in the "others receiving votes" category in the national rankings.
44 -- Led by Darwin Cook's 32 career starts in the defensive secondary, the Mountaineers have 44 players with at least one game of starting experience.
300 -- Charles Sims is having one of the most productive pass-catching seasons for a running back in program history. Sims has 36 catches for 300 yards through nine games.
His total receptions rank him second all-time in school history (behind Mickey Walczak's 49) and his 300 yards is seventh-most with three regular season games left. Jim Braxton had 565 receiving yards out of the backfield in 1970. Sims is on pace for 400.
459 -- Thirteen months ago, West Virginia went to Austin, Texas, and defeated the Longhorns, 48-45. In that game, the Mountaineers gained 460 yards of total offense.
Players who accounted for 459 of those yards are graduated or no longer with the program. Jordan Thompson, now a sophomore for WVU, had two catches for one yard against Texas.