University of Kansas

Kansas-West Virginia football preview

Updated: 2013-11-15T03:04:12Z

When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence

TV/radio: Fox Sports KC; KCSP (610 AM)

The series: West Virginia leads series 2-0

The line: West Virginia by 7

What’s at stake

To use one of Charlie Weis’ favorite sayings, “a whole bunch.” After a grueling four-game stretch, the Jayhawks finally have a game that appears winnable. Just at the right time, too, because Kansas carries a 27-game Big 12 losing streak into Saturday. Two more losses, and it will tie Baylor’s all-time Big 12 losing streak.

Cheers if …

The offense scores 20 points. Yes, 20 points … is the magic number. The Jayhawks haven’t pulled that off since the opening game of the year, an eight-game streak that harkens back to the program’s dark days in the mid-1980s.

Jeers if …

The Jayhawks can’t get score 20 points. Think we’re making too much of KU’s offensive struggles? Well, West Virginia has allowed an average of 31.7 points per game this year, 93rd worst in the country. Kansas should be able to score a little.

Three things about West Virginia

1 In his third season, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is moving backward. After going 10-3 and winning the Orange Bowl in 2011, West Virginia is just 11-12 in the last two seasons — its first two in the Big 12.

2 Dreamius Smith, a Wichita native and one-time KU commit, is the Mountaineers’ second-leading rusher with 424 yards in 94 carries.

3 The Mountaineers have played two straight overtime games, beating TCU 30-27 and falling 47-40 to Texas last week.

Key matchup

Kansas’ defense vs. West Virginia’s passing attack: Last week, the KU secondary had a rare poor performance in a 42-6 loss to Oklahoma State. West Virginia averages 254 yards in the air. The Jayhawks must make West Virginia win on the ground.

KANSAS (2-7, 0-6 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Sept. 7South DakotaW, 31-14
Sept. 14at RiceL, 23-14
Sept. 21Louisiana TechW, 13-10
Oct. 5Texas TechL, 54-16
Oct. 12at TCUL, 27-17
Oct. 19OklahomaL, 34-19
Oct. 26BaylorL, 59-14
Nov. 2at TexasL, 35-13
Nov. 9at Oklahoma StateL, 42-6
SaturdayWest Virginia 11 a.m.
Nov. 23at Iowa State 7 p.m.
Nov. 30Kansas StateTBA

WEST VIRGINIA (4-6, 2-5 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 StateL, 35-12
Nov. 2at TCUW, 30-27, OT
Nov. 9TexasL, 47-40, OT
Saturdayat Kansas 11 a.m.
Nov. 30Iowa StateTBA

KANSAS OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR19Justin McCay6-2210Jr. 
LT79Riley Spencer6-6305Sr. 
LG63Ngalu Fusimalohi6-2310Jr. 
C70Gavin Howard6-4300Sr. 
RG73Damon Martin6-3300So. 
RT77Aslam Sterling6-5315Sr. 
TE41Jimmay Mundine6-2240Jr. 
WR3Tony Pierson5-10175Jr.
WR82Andrew Turzilli6-3195Jr. 
QB9Jake Heaps6-1210Jr.
RB29James Sims6-0200Sr.
K13Ron Doherty5-11205Sr.

KANSAS DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE90Kevin Young6-3287Sr.
NT98Keon Stowers6-3297Jr.            
DE96Keba Agostinho6-2277Sr.
LB93Ben Goodman6-0245So.
LB31Ben Heeney6-2230Jr.
LB57Jake Love6-0220So.
NB27Courtney Arnick6-2205Fr.
CB24JaCorey Shepherd5-11190Jr.
SS5Isaiah Johnson6-1210So.
FS33Cassius Sendish6-0195Jr.
CB12Dexter McDonald6-1200Jr.
P1Trevor Pardula6-5212Jr.

WEST VIRGINIA OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR5Mario Alford5-9175Jr.
WR6Daikiel Shorts6-0201Fr.
LT79Nick Kindler6-6298Sr.
LG67Quinton Spain6-5335Jr.
C76Pat Eger6-6302Sr.
RG64Mark Glowinski6-5305Jr.
RT62Curtis Feight6-7314Sr.
WR11Kevin White6-3208Jr.
QB9Clint Trickett6-3185Jr.
RB3Charles Sims6-0213Sr. 
HB88Cody Clay6-3252So.
K86Josh Lambert6-1199Fr.

WEST VIRGINIA DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DT98Will Clarke6-7273Sr.
NT90Shaq Rowell6-4305Sr.
DE93Kyle Rose6-4283So.
LB9KJ Dillon6-1200So.
LB35Nick Kwiatkoski6-2232So.
LB33Jared Barber6-0233Jr.
LB2Brandon Golson6-1223Jr.
CB7Daryl Worley6-1198Fr.
SS25Darwin Cook5-11203Sr.
FS8Karl Joseph5-10200So.
CB34Ishmael Banks6-0182Jr.
P91Nick O’Toole6-5220So. 

Rustin Dodd’s pick: West Virginia, 27-19

Kansas has a chance to bury its Big 12 Conference losing streak. But the KU offense — whether Charlie Weis starts Jake Heaps or Montell Cozart at QB — must put up a respectable number. It’s possible … but we’ll see.

Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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