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Kansas State-West Virginia football preview

Updated: 2013-10-25T03:18:22Z

When/where: 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; WHB (810 AM)

The series: K-State leads 7-3

The line: K-State by 10 1/2

What’s at stake

Both teams are below .500 and in search of a victory that will inch them closer to bowl eligibility. The winner can look at its remaining schedule with hope. The loser will need to climb out of an even deeper hole.

Cheers if …

Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson give K-State improved field position with long kickoff and punt returns. Quality returns have been lacking in recent games.

Jeers if …

K-State commits more penalties than West Virginia. The Mountaineers have been flagged 41 times for 388 yards this season. The Wildcats need to take advantage of those miscues.

Three things about West Virginia

1 The Mountaineers lost considerable firepower on offense with the departures of Geno Smith and Tavon Austin. A year after averaging 39.4 points, they are now averaging 24.4 points. Their low point came during a 37-0 loss to Maryland.

2 West Virginia is much stronger at home than it is on the road. It is 3-1 at Milan Puskar Stadium, including an upset over Oklahoma Sate. It is winless away from home.

3 Clint Trickett has emerged as West Virginia’s starting quarterback. Dana Holgorsen juggled quarterbacks during the beginning of the season, but he settled on Trickett after he threw for more than 250 yards against Texas Tech.

Key matchup

•  Daniel Sams and John Hubert vs. West Virginia’s front seven: Opponents are rushing for 196 yards against the Mountaineers. The Wildcats need to pick up yardage on the ground, too, and control the clock the way they have in recent games.

K-STATE (2-4, 0-3 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 30North Dakota StateL, 24-21
Sept. 7Louisiana-LafayetteW, 48-27
Sept. 14MassachusettsW, 37-7
Sept. 21at TexasL, 31-21
Oct. 5at Oklahoma StateL, 33-29
Oct. 12BaylorL, 35-25
SaturdayWest Virginia2:45 p.m.
Nov. 2Iowa State2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9at Texas TechTBA
Nov. 16TCUTBA
Nov. 23OklahomaTBA
Nov. 30at KansasTBA

WEST VIRGINIA (3-4, 1-3 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31William & MaryW, 24-17
Sept. 7at OklahomaL, 16-7
Sept. 14Georgia StateW, 41-7
Sept. 21MarylandL, 37-0
Sept. 28Oklahoma StateW, 30-21
Oct. 5at BaylorL, 73-42
Oct. 19Texas TechL, 37-27
Oct. 26at Kansas State2:45 p.m.
Nov. 2at TCU2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9TexasTBA
Nov. 16at KansasTBA
Nov. 30Iowa StateTBA

K-STATE OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR16Tyler Lockett5-11175Jr.
WR14Curry Sexton5-11183Jr.
LT78Cornelius Lucas6-9328Sr.
LG55Cody Whitehair6-4309So.
C66B.J. Finney6-4303Jr.
RG79Keenan Taylor6-4290Sr.
RT73Tavon Rooks6-5280Sr.
TE18Andre McDonald6-8278Sr.
WR86Tramaine Thompson5-8167Sr.
QB15Jake Waters6-1210Jr.
RB33John Hubert5-7191Sr.
K3Jack Cantele6-0193So.

K-STATE DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE44Ryan Mueller6-2245Jr.
DT98Chaquil Reed6-3309Sr.
DT95Travis Britz6-4293So.
DE45Marquel Bryant6-3241So.
LB50Tre Walker6-3225Sr.
LB53Blake Slaughter5-10227Sr.
LB21Jonathan Truman5-11219Jr.
CB4Dorrian Roberts5-10168Sr.
S22Dante Barnett6-1186So.
S12Ty Zimmerman6-1204Sr.
CB15Randall Evans6-0190Jr.
P38Mark Krause5-11218Sr.

WEST VIRGINIA OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR12Ronald Carswell5-11187So.
WR6Daikiel Shorts6-0201Fr.
LT79Nick Kindler6-6298Sr.
LG67Quinton Spain6-5335Jr.
C76Pate Eger6-6302Sr.
RG64Mark Glowinski6-5305Jr.
RT62Curtis Feigt6-7314Sr.
WR11Kevin White6-3208Jr.
QB9Clint Trickett6-3185Jr.
HB88Cody Clay6-3252So.
RB3Charles Sims6-0213Sr.
K86Josh Lambert6-1199Fr.

WEST VIRGINIA DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE99Dontrill Hyman6-4280Jr.
DT98Will Clarke6-7273Sr.
NT90Shaq Rowell6-4305Sr.
DE31Isaiah Bruce6-1231So.
LB47Doug Rigg6-1237Sr.
LB33Jared Barber6-0233Jr.
LB2Brandon Golson6-1223Jr.
CB7Daryl Worley6-1198Fr.
S8Karl Joseph5-10200So.
S25Darwin Cook 5-11203Sr.
CB34Ishmael Banks6-0182Jr.
P91Nick O’Toole6-5220So.

Kellis Robinett’s pick: Kansas State 35-21

After falling short of upsets against ranked opponents in back-to-back games, K-State will come in with something to prove on Saturday. Against a middling foe like West Virginia, the Wildcats should fair well and win by two touchdowns.

Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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