Kansas State-West Virginia football preview

10/24/2013 10:18 PM

10/24/2013 10:18 PM

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

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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. 30 North Dakota State L, 24-21
Sept. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette W, 48-27
Sept. 14 Massachusetts W, 37-7
Sept. 21 at Texas L, 31-21
Oct. 5 at Oklahoma State L, 33-29
Oct. 12 Baylor L, 35-25
Saturday West Virginia 2:45 p.m.
Nov. 2 Iowa State 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9 at Texas Tech TBA
Nov. 16 TCU TBA
Nov. 23 Oklahoma TBA
Nov. 30 at Kansas TBA

WEST VIRGINIA (3-4, 1-3 Big 12)
Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31 William Mary W, 24-17
Sept. 7 at Oklahoma L, 16-7
Sept. 14 Georgia State W, 41-7
Sept. 21 Maryland L, 37-0
Sept. 28 Oklahoma State W, 30-21
Oct. 5 at Baylor L, 73-42
Oct. 19 Texas Tech L, 37-27
Oct. 26 at Kansas State 2:45 p.m.
Nov. 2 at TCU 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9 Texas TBA
Nov. 16 at Kansas TBA
Nov. 30 Iowa State TBA

K-STATE OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 16 Tyler Lockett 5-11 175 Jr.
WR 14 Curry Sexton 5-11 183 Jr.
LT 78 Cornelius Lucas 6-9 328 Sr.
LG 55 Cody Whitehair 6-4 309 So.
C 66 B.J. Finney 6-4 303 Jr.
RG 79 Keenan Taylor 6-4 290 Sr.
RT 73 Tavon Rooks 6-5 280 Sr.
TE 18 Andre McDonald 6-8 278 Sr.
WR 86 Tramaine Thompson 5-8 167 Sr.
QB 15 Jake Waters 6-1 210 Jr.
RB 33 John Hubert 5-7 191 Sr.
K 3 Jack Cantele 6-0 193 So.

K-STATE DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 44 Ryan Mueller 6-2 245 Jr.
DT 98 Chaquil Reed 6-3 309 Sr.
DT 95 Travis Britz 6-4 293 So.
DE 45 Marquel Bryant 6-3 241 So.
LB 50 Tre Walker 6-3 225 Sr.
LB 53 Blake Slaughter 5-10 227 Sr.
LB 21 Jonathan Truman 5-11 219 Jr.
CB 4 Dorrian Roberts 5-10 168 Sr.
S 22 Dante Barnett 6-1 186 So.
S 12 Ty Zimmerman 6-1 204 Sr.
CB 15 Randall Evans 6-0 190 Jr.
P 38 Mark Krause 5-11 218 Sr.

WEST VIRGINIA OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 12 Ronald Carswell 5-11 187 So.
WR 6 Daikiel Shorts 6-0 201 Fr.
LT 79 Nick Kindler 6-6 298 Sr.
LG 67 Quinton Spain 6-5 335 Jr.
C 76 Pate Eger 6-6 302 Sr.
RG 64 Mark Glowinski 6-5 305 Jr.
RT 62 Curtis Feigt 6-7 314 Sr.
WR 11 Kevin White 6-3 208 Jr.
QB 9 Clint Trickett 6-3 185 Jr.
HB 88 Cody Clay 6-3 252 So.
RB 3 Charles Sims 6-0 213 Sr.
K 86 Josh Lambert 6-1 199 Fr.

WEST VIRGINIA DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 99 Dontrill Hyman 6-4 280 Jr.
DT 98 Will Clarke 6-7 273 Sr.
NT 90 Shaq Rowell 6-4 305 Sr.
DE 31 Isaiah Bruce 6-1 231 So.
LB 47 Doug Rigg 6-1 237 Sr.
LB 33 Jared Barber 6-0 233 Jr.
LB 2 Brandon Golson 6-1 223 Jr.
CB 7 Daryl Worley 6-1 198 Fr.
S 8 Karl Joseph 5-10 200 So.
S 25 Darwin Cook 5-11 203 Sr.
CB 34 Ishmael Banks 6-0 182 Jr.
P 91 Nick O’Toole 6-5 220 So.
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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