November 16, 2007

The Big One

When UC Has The Ball

While the Mountaineer offense gets all the hype, the defense has turned in a stellar season. They are holding opponents to 16.7 points per game on the strength of allowing only 275 yards of total offense. Johnny Dingle leads the charge with 7 sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss from his DE spot. He's a speed rushing force with an array of moves and enough power to also blow up running plays before they get started.

Reed Williams and Mortty Ivy anchor a LB group that has been the biggest area of improvement for WVU this year. Williams is in his first season at MLB and he has flourished in his new role. He leads the team in tackles (74) and has played fast and aggressive from sideline to sideline. Ivy is used often as a blitzer from the outside, and his 4 sacks and 6 TFL show he's a disruptive force. The Eers will often line him up over top of Dingle and force teams to change assignments or add extra blockers in protection.

Ben Maukis going to need his best performance of the year on what will be a cold night at The Nip. He will have to avoid the lulls in production that have plagued him because multiple 3 and out drives give WVU shorter fields and more big play chances. The Cats need to move the chains with Ramsey, Goodman and Barwin. Keep the clock rolling and the Mountaineer offense on the sidelines. The Cats also have to hold up their end of the bargain when it comes to the turnover battle. The four turnovers in last years game made the hill too steep to climb.

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