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WVU Defense By The Numbers

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Any West Virginia University football fan knows the defense has struggled mightily this season. This defense is on pace to be the worst in WVU history.

WVU has already given up 279 points through seven games. That is an average of 39.8 points per game. At that pace, the Mountaineers will allow 518 points this season before playing a bowl game. That would shatter the previous record of 364 points allowed in the 1978 season. WVU allowed 363 points in 2000 and 348 points last year.

WVU is statistically one of the worst defenses in the country in numerous categories. There are 120 FBS schools in the nation.

CATEGORY
RANK
STATISTIC
Total Defense
113
500 Yds. Per Game
Scoring Defense
115
39.8 Pts. Per Game
Pass Defense
120
360 Yds. Per Game
Red Zone Defense
97
86% Scores Against
3rd Down Defense
113
51.5% Conversions Against
4th Down Defense
82
57.1% Conversions Against
First Downs Against
106
24.2 Per Game

West Virginia is also home to one of the worst defenses in the Big 12. There are 10 teams in the conference. These statistics are in Big 12 games only.

CATEGORY
RANK
STATISTIC
Scoring Defense
9
53 Pts. Per Game
Pass Defense
10
422.8 Yds. Per Game
Total Defense
8
564.8 Yds. Per Game
First Downs Allowed
10
109 Allowed
3rd Down Defense
9
61.2% Conversions Against
4th Down Defense
9
66.7% Conversions Against
Red Zone Defense
7
88.5% Scores Against

West Virginia's pass defense ranks last in the Big 12 allowing 422.8 yards per game. That is a full 25 yards per game worse than Baylor, which is ninth in the Big 12 in that category.

If there is one thing WVU is doing relatively well, it is stopping the run. West Virginia is also average in terms of forcing turnovers, although this coaching staff preached all offseason that it was putting a huge emphasis on forcing turnovers. Early in the season the team performed well in that category scoring two defensive touchdowns off of turnovers in the first three games.

These are national rankings in the respective categories. They show where WVU ranks among the 120 FBS teams in the country.

CATEGORY
RANK
STATISTIC
Tackles For Loss
28
6.86 Per Game
Rush Defense
40
133.4 Yds. Per Game
Sacks
41
2.29 Per Game
Turnovers Gained
79
10 This Season
Interceptions
75
5 This Season

Obviously all of these statistics point to West Virginia's inability to stop its opponents. Not only are the Mountaineers failing to stop the opposition, but they are failing to hold them to field goals instead of touchdowns.

WVU has allowed 36 touchdowns through seven games in 2012. That equals the total number of touchdowns allowed in 13 games last season and the number of touchdowns allowed in the entire 2002 season. WVU allowed just 15 touchdowns in 13 games in 2010. WVU is on pace to allow 67 touchdowns this season.

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